Health

Good health is a human right. But for people living in low-income countries, affordable care is often out of reach. Lack of nutritious food, clean water and decent housing only makes the problem worse, with 16,000 children dying every day from preventable diseases.

We strive to improve health care and health outcomes in disadvantaged countries by:

  • improving access to clean water and sanitation
  • providing a safe environment for mothers and babies through birth clinics
  • increasing access to health services for vulnerable and remote communities
  • immunising, preventing and managing diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea
  • treating, preventing and educating about HIV and AIDS
  • educating health professionals so they can train community members
  • empowering communities and strengthening governance so health services are equitable and sustainable.

 

Case study: Bangladesh

Fahim is from a very poor island on the Ganges Delta called Bhola, which means ‘forgotten place’. Most people in Bhola make a living farming or fishing. The island lacks medical facilities, and patients need to travel to the mainland to visit a hospital. Unfortunately, many can’t even afford the boat fare.

Fahim was born with bilateral clubfoot – both his feet were turned inward. Fahim’s mother was humiliated by her community. In Bangladesh, many people believe clubfoot is caused by evil spirits or is punishment for the mother’s misdeeds. Children with clubfoot are usually kept home from school. Without an education, they struggle to find work as adults, and have to resort to menial labour or even begging.

Fahim’s mother attempted traditional cures that didn’t work, until a doctor referred Fahim to Walk for Life.

At just one month old, Fahim began treatment using the Ponseti method. This method involves gentle manipulation, casting and bracing to progressively correct the feet.

Fahim’s feet were corrected after five consecutive castings. He now wears braces and has a much brighter future.

“Walk for Life showed me the way of dreaming,” said Fahim’s mother. “God willing, one day my son will be a doctor.”

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