THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THIS INCREDIBLE SUCCESS STORY! WITH YOUR HELP, CHILDREN IN NEED NOW HAVE ACCESS TO FREE AND LOW-COST CLUBFOOT TREATMENT. WITH THE SUPPORT OF OVERSEAS AID ORGANISATIONS & THE LOCAL HEALTH SYSTEM WALK FOR LIFE NO LONGER REQUIRES SUPPORT FROM AUSTRALIAN DONORS AND IS MOVING TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM ENABLING LOW COST AND FREE TREATMENT TO THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TREATMENT. WALK FOR LIFE’S AIM IS TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE ACCESSIBLE TREATMENT TO ALL IN BANGLADESH.
Every year 175,000 children are born with clubfoot deformity, and 90% are born in countries with limited or no access to treatment. Currently, only 15% have access to treatment, and 85% face a lifetime of disability – experiencing chronic pain, limited mobility, and reduced opportunities in education, employment and relationships. Run Free 2030 is the Global Strategy to End Clubfoot Disability set by the Global Clubfoot Initiative with a goal to ensure at least 70% of children born with clubfoot in lower and middle-income countries can access treatment by 2030. Latest estimates indicate Walk for Life is now treating 65% of children in Bangladesh with this disability.
walkforlifeauRUNFREE 2030 – Global Strategy to End Clubfoot Disability
It was great to have our team of Walk for Life volunteers at the Australasian Podiatry Conference 2017 in Melbourne sharing an exhibitor stand with Footscape! Thank you to all who came and supported Walk for Life. Check out the Podiatry Link page for more information and our supporters!
‘Walk for Life’ are absolutely thrilled! – we won the BMJ South Asia 2016 Excellence in Primary Healthcare Delivery Award!
Everyone at WFL share this accolade, as do our wonderfully generous supporters – thank you!
walkforlifeauWalk for Life Wins British Medical Journal Award
Every subscription to Evidence Essentials includes a donation that will pay for a child in Bangladesh with clubfoot deformity to receive FREE treatment enabling them to walk, to go to school and have a hopeful future – thank you, what a gift!.
walkforlifeau‘Evidence Essentials’ supports Walk for Life
New research has now identified chromosome 12 being involved in the clubfoot spectrum http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26729820
Once again, Christina Gurnett’s group have advanced the knowledge of genetics in this area, reporting chromosome 12q13.13 microdeletions involving the 5′ HOXC genes. This work has also segregated some very significant congenital lower limb malformations: clubfoot, vertical talus and hip dysplasia.
The picture above, illustrates a young man in his 20’s with an untreated clubfoot, a lifetime disability.
In Bangladesh, ‘Walk for Life’ have targeted afflicted babies and children so that as many as possible are treated, and saved from this misery, before they are 3 years old: www.walkforlifeclubfoot.org – just AUD $120 pays for a child’s full treatment course, (anyone can donate) enabling them to walk.
LinkedIN post – Dr Angela Evans – Dec 9, 2015
The campaign to rid the world of polio, the crippling yet very preventable disease that was once endemic across the world (mostly confined to Pakistan and Afghanistan now) is “close to total success” , according to Bill Gates this week – http://www.thenational.ae/uae/20151206/polio-victory-very-close-bill-gates-says-at-uae-awards-ceremony.
Closely involved and committed to ensuring a world without polio, it is reported that Bill and Melinda Gates have distributed US$34.5 billion to eradicate ‘diseases’ in the developing world – intheblack.com (December, 2015) – including polio, and also targeting malaria.
Polio or poliomyelitis is an infectious disease (caused by the poliovirus) which causes weakness that mostly affects the legs and feet (as well as chest, neck..). Polio is one of the causes of an acquired clubfoot deformity – as the nerves supplying specific leg/foot muscles are damaged.
Whilst Walk for Life (www.walkforlifeclubfoot.org) mainly deal with the more typical, more common and congenital type of clubfoot, we do periodically see polio clubfeet, which are just as disabling for the affected child.
Together, the UAE’s foreign aid budget and the Gates’, have instigated a campaign that has seen over 86 million vaccines being administered in Pakistan. Thousands of television commercials were used to deal with ignorance about vaccination. The number of reported polio cases in Pakistan in 2014 was 328, and so far in 2015 it is 38 – a great result and a wonderful gift to the recipients!