This year we hope you can consider, once again, donating to help a child with a complex facial disfigurement or cleft lip and palate access life-changing facial reconstructive surgery.

At the beginning of 2020 we were able to deliver a successful Complex Surgical Programme in Ethiopia despite an already challenging landscape ahead of the onset of Covid. 35 patients received life changing complex facial surgery and treatment in February 2020 and in the first two months of the year 38 patients accessed surgery for a cleft lip or palate. At the end of February elective surgery in Ethiopia was halted but our Programme Officers were able to continue their outreach work and a further 290 patients across the country were identified as needing surgery.  

Project Harar capitalised on its strength in outreach and used the network to deliver Covid Response and adapt to support our patients' needs whilst waiting for surgery. We have developed a Covid Response Programme delivering water barrels and soap and a nutritional support programme. The success of the programme has been recognized on a Government level in Ethiopia and we are extremely proud we have been able to apply our skills in health outreach during the pandemic.

At the beginning of October 2020 we were able to relaunch the mobilisation aspect of our cleft programme with specialist Covid measures implemented and over 200 patients have received surgery for a cleft lip or palate since. Click here to read about our latest mobilisation in the Amhara Region.

Historically we treat 40-50 patients each year during our Complex Surgical Programmes as well as helping 800 patients a year access treatment for a cleft lip and palate. We are expecting a ‘back log’ of people needing vital and often life saving treatmentWhilst the health environment we are working in remains more challenging than ever before, we are working on a remote follow up programme to check in with patients who have received complex treatment through our services in the past.