Cleft lip is a common disability in Uganda; 0.5% of babies are born with this condition. It can be fatal to infants because it inhibits their ability to feed. Cleft lip in babies is linked to a lack of folic acid (vitamin b) and iron in the diet of their mothers during pregnancy. Access to supplements is difficult because of poverty and lack of access to health services, especially in rural areas.
Some families try to support their children but lack the funds or knowledge to support them adequately. Other families fear the very real stigma associated with disabilities in Uganda, and do not feel free to get the help their children need. Many children with disabilities, especially in remote areas, are abandoned by their families. The cultivation of nutritious food is another major challenge. This is because of unregulated lands, tribal conflicts, and climate change.