Project Harar

The bulk of our work treats patients with cleft lip and palate. Our cleft programme aims to treat around 1,200 people in 2016, and is carried out entirely by local Ethiopian staff. We also run a Complex Surgical Mission once a year, in which we treat people with more complex facial conditions such as burns; tumours; noma (a type of facial gangrene); and animal attack injuries. These missions are carried out by volunteer British, Irish and French medics, most of whom work for the NHS and give up their holiday time to help us.
Train Ethiopian Health Workers in Nutrition
 
Ethiopian children born with cleft lip and palate are unable to breastfeed. This puts them at risk of becoming too malnourished or sick for surgery, unless they are given a balanced diet. Often babies' nutritional needs are not understood by young Ethiopian mothers. Project Harar will send a dietician to Ethiopia to ensure that 100 local health workers receive training in good nutrition to pass this on to the families they see, so that babies born with cleft get the best possible start in life. project reportread updates from the field
Review Mission 2017: Patients Progress & Growth
 
Follow-up of patients is vital to understanding the impact we are having on each of our beneficiaries' lives. Project Harar wishes to review patients who received surgery from our international medical team during our Complex Missions from 2012 - 2016. A small team of our medics who have been involved in multiple missions over the last 4 years will travel out to Ethiopia to meet with their former patients and review their conditions now, and assess how the surgery has changed their lives.
Ethiopian Hospital in Need of Anaesthetic Monitor
 
Anaesthetic equipment is a vital part of any surgery; without it patients can face complications that could be fatal if they are not monitored correctly. Each year, Project Harar, together with a team of international surgeons and anaesthetists, helps 50 patients with severe facial disfigurements undergo life changing surgery that can take up to 5 hours to complete. The EMMA machine is vital as it monitors our patients CO2 and respiratory rates, ensuring safer surgeries for all our beneficiaries project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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