Friday, May 23, 2008

MAT Cleft Campaign

A cleft lip and/or palate is one of the world's most common birth defects. Studies show that it occurs in approximately 1 in 700 children, worldwide.

A child born with cleft lip/palate has trouble eating. Most infants can't breastfeed (they can't latch on) and many have a very hard time eating out of a regular bottle. In United States hospitals, every child born with a cleft is sent home with a special bottle that doesn't require the infant to suck and allows them to eat normally. In the world's poorest countries these bottles are scarce, and children often die because their families have no way to feed them.

Babies are dying simply because they don't have access to the $3 bottle they need.

The Medical Advocacy Team is starting a Cleft Campaign. We will be collecting these special cleft nipple/bottle sets and distributing them to medical clinics, hospitals and orphanages in developing countries. We plan to begin the project in Haiti, and if we collect enough bottles, we will distribute them in other countries.

We are developing a pamphlet that will be distributed with the bottles explaining the cleft lip/palate and teaching the family how to feed their special baby. These pamphlets will be translated into the native language of the country and will include illustrations. They will also tell the family who to contact about getting help for their cleft -affected child.

The in-country clinics with which we work are excited about this project, and we are grateful for the privilege of helping them save the lives of many children. Please help us help them. 100% of your donation goes toward buying the nipple/bottle sets. The MAT will be kicking off the Cleft Campaign with a commitment to purchase 74 bottles. Our group and other volunteers will cover the costs of transport. Please help us!

This is a unique opportunity to give in a small way that will make a huge difference in a child's life.

We can do something to prevent these deaths.

Donate Today:

Mead Johnson Cleft Lip/Palate Nurser (the most economical option)

$19 - Pack of 6 Nursers
$144 - Case of 74 Nursers

We will gladly accept and distribute gently used cleft bottles and nipples if you or someone you know has some they would like to donate. Please contact us for a shipping address.