As part of our Pilot Cleft Programme with our new covid measures implemented, 10 month old Indiya received treatment for her cleft lip. 

Indiya's mother Sariya told us she was very worried and anxious when Indiya was born. Indiya had a cleft palate as well as a cleft lip which meant she struggled with breast feeding. On top of this Sariya told us how their family had been affected with financial stress because of the Covid-19 pandemic, her husband worked loading agricultural produce on to trucks to be transported outside their Wordea, but road closures due to Covid and political tensions meant that this was not possible, resulting in a huge decrease in the families income. 

Sariya travelled to her local health facility with Indiya and the health workers told her that she would be able to receive access to treatment via Project Harar's services and they also suggested feeding techniques and introduced baby formula, so that Indiya would be as healthy as possible by the time she received surgery. 

Indiya received surgery for her cleft lip in early October and will receive surgery for her cleft palate next year. We hope to catch up with them soon. 

Read about the new measures we have put in place for our cleft missions during the Covid-10 pandemic here