The milk project is an essential part of our organization. In most cases we find children who were recently born with cleft lip and palate 98% of these children suffer from malnutrition.In addition to being unable to drink at the breast, parents in poor areas are often unable to pay for bottle feeding. Because these children are not at the right weight, they have no chance of surgery. The milk project breaks this vicious circle. We do this by providing milk, vitamins and medicines. We also give every baby a special Haberman drinking bottle and explain to parents how they can best use it.
The reality and impact of our milk project goes further than preparing children for surgery. In a large number of cases, the inclusion of a child in the project not only opens the door to surgery, but the milk also saves the child's life.
The milk project prepares an average of 300 children per year for their operation. Because these children must first reach the correct weight, they are on average 3 months in the milk project before they receive their surgery. After the operation it is important that they can rehabilitate well and not lose weight immediately. Most children are therefore provided with milk powder for another 2 months. The costs for this are $58 per child per monthof which $19 goes to the purchase of a special drinking bottle.
COVID-19 UPDATE: At the moment it is not possible to carry out the milk project the same as before, with large groups coming together to weigh their children/babies and receive milk and special drinking bottles. Because the milk project is still very important, especially at a time when many families are starving because they are economically affected by the virus, we are forced to reach our patients in a different, creative way. For example, our promoters travel to patients' homes or carry out the milk project from the trunk of their car. We follow the guidelines of the government and the Ministry of Health to ensure the health of our employees and patients. For more current information about COVID-19 and Tess Unlimited, please visit our Facebookpage or sign up for our newsletter (on the bottom of the homepage).