Differently disabled children to get free medical and corrective surgery

Samsteve, an eight year old boy who was put through all the necessary procedures and after surgery with the help of Lato Milk, through Lato Help Initiative. File Photo
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Pearl Dairy Limited, through the LATO Milk Brand, has launched an ambitious project to provide medical and corrective surgery to differently-abled children in Uganda.

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.

Basing on the information at hand, all the gross proceeds net of taxes of the ‘Lato Help Pack’ will go towards the surgeries, to be undertaken at the UMC Victoria Hospitals.

A study done in Uganda discovered that over 1.4 million children are living with some form of disability and face discrimination and marginalization in society.

The first phase of the project which started in October 2018 will run for 12 months, targeting to raise funds to perform at least 150 surgeries, of which 20 surgeries have already been successfully done.

According to the management, the children are carefully selected by a team of experts after a pre-screening exercise. The selected children are then examined by medical teams to determine the severity of the conditions. On the issue of fighting against forgery, the Lato Milk management noted that an independent governing committee is in place to identify the needy children through a set criterion to make sure that only the needy cases are selected

The contribution of the partner’s right from the packaging and distribution of Lato Help Packs to the corrective treatment is vital for the success of the project. The partners include Tetra Pak Limited, UMC Victoria Hospital, Madhvani Foundation, Alliance Media and Graphic Systems.

 

Lato Help initiative is now appealing to the public to buy Lato Help packs in large numbers to help achieve the objective. Lato Milk hopes that this project will give disabled children a chance to relive their dreams. By uniting partners, Lato Milk aims to inspire other companies and organizations to work towards the betterment of the community.

The retail stores have agreed to sell the pack at no additional cost or profit margin of their own. The pack is available at Best Buy, Tuskys, Shoprite, Outlet Freedom City, Master Supermarket, Mega Standard, Millennium Supermarket, Fraine Supermarket, Shax Extra and Quality Supermarket

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