In the picturesque hilly Makueni lies a small community unit known as Illatu. Illatu is home to 50 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) who, among other roles, provide health education to their households. This is made possible through equipping them with relevant knowledge and skill on critical health matters. This informed the training on cleft lip and palate in Illatu, between February and April 2018, funded and implemented by Smile Train through Leap.
Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate.
Meet Brighton, a baby boy born with cleft lip in Makueni County. Through one of Smile Train’s partner, Belarisu Foundation, Brighton successfully underwent a surgery at the Makueni County Referral Hospital giving way to a beautiful smile!
His family was also advised on how best to feed him after surgery by the CHV attached to their household.
Read on at this link to find out how it all happened.
Story by: Rebecca Kiarie, Amref Health Africa