Walk for Life enables children born with clubfoot in Bangladesh the opportunity to walk, run, jump & play by providing life changing treatment for the deformity.

The Project was established by Colin Macfarlane (volunteer) and Glencoe Foundation, a private Australian Foundation. Walk for Life partners with Action on Poverty, an Australian Overseas Aid organization that continues to assist in managing the project and reporting obligations in accordance with Australian government regulations. The support of the Ministry of Health in Bangladesh and the orthopedic surgeons enable us to reach so many children and change their lives.


Walk for Life employs 34 staff, mostly physiotherapists and clinical assistants with a few support staff in Dhaka. Colin overseas the program with the Country Director, Jahangir Alam.  Monthly reports are made to Australian Directors and a local accountancy firm undertakes monthly audits of expenditure to provide increased assurance. Latest estimates indicate that we are now treating 65% of children in Bangladesh who are born with this disability.

Before Walk for Life only a small number of affected children were able to access treatment. Now Walk for Life aims to begin correction before a child’s first birthday providing FREE treatment to ensure no child is disadvantaged.

Since 2011 Walk for Life has had an agreement with the Bangladesh government to utilise its infrastructure until the end of 2016. It is now expected that the government support will be ongoing due to the success of the program and ongoing need. Training of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and medical assistants will ensure a strong continuing program.

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