Project Harar

2017 Complex Medical Mission to Ethiopia

Every year Project Harar recruits a team of 25 highly experienced volunteer medics; surgeons, doctors, anaesthetists and nurses to work in Ethiopia. Over the course of 8-10 weeks they treat over 50 Ethiopians, all suffering from complex facial disfigurement and predominantly children.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 29 November 2016 to 12:01 PM, 6 December 2016

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1094272)

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Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£50,000

Amount raised

£102,430

Donations

58

    Categories

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

    Helping

Location

Situation

In rural and poor urban areas within Ethiopia there are many people with serious facial deformities and illnesses such as Noma, Trismus, tumours, gun shots, burns and damage to the face and neck. These conditions often impact on the person's ability to eat, drink, breath or speak. They reduce life expectancy. There is huge social stigma and very little resource and expertise available to treat these people. We treat the patients, improve their lives and strengthen local healthcare systems.

Solution

Each time we successfully operate on a patient they are able to reintegrate back into society and it reduces the stigma attached to disability. Our work exponentially improves the life chances of our patients and their families. We provide training to local healthcare workers and work in partnership with Ethiopian surgeons to give them new surgical techniques. By providing a full team of experts, we are able to treat around 50 patients with no hope of treatment otherwise.

  • It is brilliant to be able to see how well one of our patients was doing, and how much of an impact our work has had on his life. This is one of the reasons I volunteer for this charity, as I know we make such a difference to these patients' lives and give them the smiles they deserve.

    — Raj Mashiana

  • Thank you. Thank you so much for giving my child this chance at life, this help from the doctors means she will live longer and be happy, it gives her a chance - but before she didn't have any chance.

    — Parent of 4 year old patient

  • When I first met her she insisted on braiding my hair which immediately gave us a bond. Taking her down for surgery she was clearly nervous but trying to be strong. When I showed her her new reflection in the mirror after her operation she smiled and said very simply, 'Very good' in English

    — Lizzie Hunt

  • When I first met her she insisted on braiding my hair which immediately gave us a bond. Taking her down for surgery she was clearly nervous but trying to be strong. When I showed her her new reflection in the mirror after her operation she smiled and said very simply, 'Very good' in English

    — Lizzie Hunt

  • Thank you. Thank you so much for giving my child this chance at life, this help from the doctors means she will live longer and be happy, it gives her a chance - but before she didn't have any chance.

    — Parent of 4 year old patient

  • It is brilliant to be able to see how well one of our patients was doing, and how much of an impact our work has had on his life. This is one of the reasons I volunteer for this charity, as I know we make such a difference to these patients' lives and give them the smiles they deserve.

    — Raj Mashiana