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EARTHSPEAK/Rotoplast pilot project in Mexico

February 2010, Oaxaca, Mexico. The pilot project (approved by the Rotaplast Board in 2008) involved developing a model for Rotaplast speech pathologists to provide follow-up speech therapy to Rotaplast patients who have had late repair of their cleft palates. The site was selected based on the availability of mentors, clients, and infrastructure through local Rotarians, Departamento Integral de la Familia (DIF), and local health professionals to provide outreach, speech camp, and follow-up.

Visit to Varanasi, India

February 2009, Varanasi, India. EARTHSPEAK received many requests to investigate starting a program in Varanasi, in northern India, under the sponsorship of Dr. Subodh Singh, a Smile Train partner, at G. S. Memorial, a private hospital devoted to plastic surgery care. The center has a staff of 50, including three full-time plastic surgeons.

Visit to Hyderabad, India

February 2009, Hyderabad, India. EARTHSPEAK has been working in Hyderabad since late 2004. This trip united team member Andi Jobe from the United States with India team members, including Dr. Mukunda Reddy, Head of Plastic Surgery at the Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) and Ch Bhargavi, the newly hired Speech Pathologist on the Cleft Palate team at NIMS.


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