Making sure little bodies are strong enough for surgery.
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Surgery is very hard on the body. And even more so on little bodies.
Here in Tanzania good nutrition can be a real challenge, so often children come to us who are not ready for the surgery they need. Being malnourished, their bodies simply won’t cope with the demands of surgery and recovery.
That’s where our Feeding Program comes in. We make sure that every child who comes to us is fighting fit before they go in for their life changing operations. We want to give them the best chance at success.
Please help us fund The Plaster House Feeding Program – training, evaluation, special bottles for our children with cleft lips and palates, formula and follow up.
Working with our hospital partners, we evaluate every child brought to us. Using a height/length for weight analysis we can see whether the child is a contender for therapeutic feeding, and to what level. Our team then get to work. Children at The Plaster House already get a better than normal diet, but the feeding program takes it up another notch.
Our dream is to have a completely independent Feeding Program, where our housemothers, nurses and kitchen staff are all fully trained and involved from start to finish with the children currently deemed “not fit for surgery.”