Tess Unlimited is currently confronted with a number of problems that prevents us from growing into a solid and sustainable organization. Due to the high level of awareness of our work, we are currently faced with a growing patient waiting list (around 500 patients per year). At this current pace, we will get more and more patients on the waiting list. Unfortunately, there is insufficient availability at local hospitals to provide surgery to all. We therefore depend on the facilities in remote areas. Something that is logistically very complicated if you take into account that we have to arrange transport and accommodation for both patients and medical staff. Also the standard for hygiene and quality in these hospitals is often below acceptable criteria. This, in combination with the high costs of using these facilities, made us decide to build our own hospital. An independent clinic, entirely dedicated to the treatment of cleft in Guatemala.
With the realization of this hospital, our goal is to yearly offer more than 400 Guatemalan children on a surgery free of charge. We will do this by organizing a medical mission at least 12 times a year, each lasting 2 weeks (including pre- and post-operative care). We also want to train local surgeons to perform cleft surgery, so in the future we no longer depend on foreign teams to work for us. In the surgery-free weeks, the hospital can be used by local dentist to provide dental care to patients who need it.
When the clinic is completed and running well, we are planning to buy/build a patient’s home. If we have this in our possession as well, the costs for housing patients and their parents will decrease considerably.
We started the build in March 2019 and expect to open the clinic in the beginning of next year. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org