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Lato initiative to offer free medical surgeries to disabled children

One of the surgery beneficiaries, eight-year-old Samsteve (C)

One of the surgery beneficiaries, eight-year-old Samsteve (C)

Pearl Dairy Limited, through the Lato Milk brand, have launched an ambitious project to provide medical and corrective surgery to differently-abled children in Uganda.

A study done in Uganda discovered that more than 1.4 million children are living  with some form of disability and face discrimination and marginalization in society. Partnering with various organizations, Lato Milk launched ‘Lato Help Pack,’ to raise funds to provide free medical surgeries for children in a bid to give them another chance to live normal lives.

All the gross proceeds will go towards the surgeries, to be undertaken at the UMC Victoria hospitals.

The first phase of the project which started in October 2018 and which will run for 12 months is targeted to raise funds to perform 150 surgeries, of which 20 surgeries have already been successfully done. The children are carefully selected by a team of experts after a screening exercise.

The selected children are then examined by medical teams to determine the severity of the conditions. An independent committee is in place to identify the needy children through a set of criteria to make sure that only the needy cases are selected.

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