Embracing Life Program
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Facts about Cleft Lips and Palates (CLP):
- More than one in every 1,000 infants is born with CLP
- A child with CLP carries a "stigma" that largely affects mothers
- CLP children may also suffer from malnutrition, hearing loss, impaired speech, infections & other diseases
- Treatment starts as early as three months old and can last into adulthood
United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) launched the Embracing Life Program in 2014 to build on Dr. John van Aalst’s efforts to expand the capacity of the Palestinian medical sector and to provide local addresses for families to turn to for treatment and follow-up care. Specifically, the Program empowers Palestinian medical personnel to provide self-sufficient and comprehensive care for patients with cleft lip and/or cleft palate (CLP) and other craniofacial anomalies and to transfer their knowledge to health systems where UPA is operational.
To achieve this mission, UPA is establishing and expanding professional training programs across the occupied Palestinian territories, providing Palestinian medical professionals with equipment and facilities, and forging new partnerships in the broader Middle East.
The Embracing Life Program is the archetype for independent craniofacial care in the Middle East.
Empowering Palestinian medical personnel to provide self-sufficient and comprehensive care for patients with cleft lip and/or cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies and to transfer their knowledge to health systems where UPA is operational.
Join us to provide local addresses that families and patients can turn to for life-changing craniofacial surgeries, consultations and follow-up care. To make a donation to the Embracing Life Program, visit http://helpupa.org/donate-embracinglife/