On World Health Day, 26th April 2020 we launched our new appeal Lives On Hold.

Like many other charities, Project Harar is experiencing diminishing income due to Covid-19. Between the period of March 2020 to early October we were unable to mobilise infants or children from rural areas in Ethiopia, all of whom were waiting to receive treatment for Cleft Lip and Palate. During this time we used our strengths in outreach to deliver a Covid Response Programme at community level, which included delivering soap and water barrels to families as well as nutritional support to optimise on nutrition for patients waiting for surgery. 

At the beginning of October we were able to relaunch the mobilisation aspect of our cleft programme and implemented specialist Covid measures to keep everyone involved safe. Patients who have been waiting for months are now accessing surgery, but due to necessary social distancing measures we cannot mobilise as many patients and guardians at one time, meaning the wait for surgery is longer than before the pandemic. New Covid safety measures such as testing and accommodation has meant the overall cost to access surgery is higher. 

Lives On Hold represents the situation for our beneficiaries in Ethiopia who will be unable to access comprehensive treatment and care for their Cleft Lip and Palate. Many of us also feel as if our lives have also been interrupted, we’re unable to go about our day to day routines as we knew them before the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Equally thousands of health care workers and other key workers around the world are putting their own lives on hold, working overtime to provide care and services for those in need.

Use the hashtag #LivesOnHold on your social media platforms to share the stories of these babies and children waiting to access essential treatment for life changing facial surgeries.

Any money donated will help change a life