Project Harar

Registered Charity Number 1094272

Project Harar works in most disadvantaged and remote areas of Ethiopia, to provide access to treatment for infants and children with cleft lip and palate, as well as more complex facial disfigurements. These conditions impact child development and are the source of stigma and exclusion in their communities. Geographical constraints and the cost of reaching the capital would make treatment impossible for families in rural Ethiopia without Project Harar’s services.

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 We aim address barriers to cleft care that prevent babies, children and young people accessing treatment from rural and remote areas.

Through our outreach programmes we provide access to cleft surgery so that
children do not face further developmental problems associated with cleft. Problems include difficulty surrounding breast feeding and eating – resulting in an inadequate nutritional intake, problems with developing speech and language and also facing stigma and isolation in their community – the latter often will lead to children missing out on education. 

Our programmes include awareness raising, mobilisation of patients, training of
multidisciplinary health workers, mothers support groups, speech therapy and
nutritional support. Our target for 2021 is to help 750 infants and young children across Ethiopia access treatment for cleft lip and palate, to continue to provide training to multidisciplinary health workers and to increase awareness surrounding cleft and the availability of treatment.

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