Uplift Internationale

UI gives life-changing gift to children with facial deformities by mending faces...one child at a time. Our mission provides free surgeries to indigent kids in the PI; in 29 years we have given over 1,800 children a new future, giving children living a dark world of ridicule, a bright new future!

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Uplift A Child!

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Asian, Pacific Islander Heritage
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

For just $21 per month, you can provide a life changing surgery for an impoverished child.

For every $250 raised, another child can receive a much need operation to help turn their world of ridicule and everyday struggle in prosperity and hope.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For every $250 raised, we can operate on another child.

Operation Taghoy

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Asian/Pacific Islander
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

Since 1989, Uplift Internationale annually has conducted Operation Taghoy (a Filipino word for whistle), to provide reparative surgical care to poor children in the rural Philippines born with facial deformities, primarily with clefts of the lip and palate. The life-changing care is provided without cost to the patient or their impoverished families. Up to 100 children receive care each year.

The project entails (1) identifying and developing relationships with host hospitals and medical societies to ensure project venues, (2) organizing highly-skilled teams of volunteers, all of whom pay their own transportation and lodging, (3) securing and transporting a vast array of medicalsurgical supplies and equipment, (4) conducting the mission itself, and (4) transferring medicalsurgical knowledge to local colleagues.

UI targets public hospitals in the rural Philippines to reach those patients least able to receive care due to both the cost and their rural geography.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Due to the lack of an address system in the rural Philippines, it is difficult to follow-up on most patients. However, UI remains in close contact with our host hospital and the local medical society, and encourages patients to contact one of those entities should post-surgical problems occur. Additionally, we return to the same site every other year for up to five visits both to try to track patients and to try to transfer the medicalsurgical knowledge to local colleagues. From these relationships and our return visits, we know that there are few post-surgical complications and that all past-patients we have come in contact with claim a better quality of life in terms of both health and self-esteem.

But, the best evidence of the success of our program is the faces of the children we have served. Please visit our website at www.upliftinternationale.org to see the tremendous changes our volunteers have achieved.

Ormoc Cleft Clinic

Class

Health Care 

Beneficiaries

Asian/Pacific Islander
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

During 5 visits to Ormoc, Uplift Internationale volunteers worked with a local surgeon and anesthesiologist to transfer the knowledge necessary to provide surgical repair of clefts of the lip and palate. These doctors have established a Cleft Clinic, under the auspices of Operation Taghoy, and repair two clefts per month, free of charge to the indigent patients. The doctors receive no compensation for the surgery, and Uplift Internationale provides funding for the necessary medical supplies, which amount to roughly $200 per patient with the financial and ongoing training support of Uplift Internationale. Additionally, UI volunteers stay in contact with the doctors via email to address any clinical issues that arise.

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