Of the estimated 200,000 babies born with clubfoot (a congenital foot deformity characterized by feet turned inward and sometimes backward, which is caused by abnormal development of the muscles, tendons and bones in the foot while the fetus is forming during pregnancy) a year, more than 80% live in the developing world, and most of these babies are left untreated or receive inadequate care. In Bangladesh alone, 1 in every 1,000 children are born with this congenital deformity. (Incidence estimated using CIA factbook statistics and clubfoot incidence of 1-2/1000 live births)
Thanks to your recent support through GlobalGiving, we have been able to provide clubfoot correctional treatment for three children, a prosthetic device for one child and corrective surgery for one child suffering from cerebral palsy.
Since the start (Sept. 20, 2012) of our "Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk" GlobalGiving challenge, we have provided 13 children in Asia free orthopedic care and the opportunity for a better future.
On behalf of ALTSO's children, thank you for making such an important difference. We are grateful for your support, inspired by your passion and moved by your dedication to the children we serve - together.
- The ALTSO Team
Please note, each of the following five patients included in this report acquired disabilities congenitally. All patients are from Chuadanga, Bangladesh and are between the ages of 3 months and 9 years old.
Since the start (Sept. 20, 2012) of our "Give 40 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk" GlobalGiving challenge, we have provided 8 children in Asia free orthopedic care and the opportunity for a better future.
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Thank you for your continued compassion and support in helping to treat children with limb disabilities in the devloping world. We could not do it without you!
For more information on ALTSO and our global programs, please visit www.altso.org.
Thank you to everyone that helped fulfill our goal of giving 25 Children in Asia the Ability to Walk!
We could not have achieved this mission without you!
Since the end of the GlobalGiving challenge, we have treated 25 children in Asia and are planning to treat more. Treatment included seven surgeries, seven clubfoot corrections, six orthotic braces, five prosthetic limbs, as well as providing rehabilitation to all patients.
Children are referred to our program by our implementation partners in the field. We evaluate their condition and deliver the appropriate treatment needed. We fully cover all costs relating to the treatment and rehabilitation of each child. Our goal is to provide high-quality continuous care until the age of 18 for children treated under our program. We also teach medical professionals in our program countries innovative othopedic surgical techniques, prosthetic design and rehabilitation-practices to help bridge the gap in medical care between the developed and developing worlds.
Because of your continued support we can accept more children into our programs and help more children walk towards a better future.
Again, we cannot thank you enough for your love and support in helping children with limb disabilities in the developing world walk.
Thank you to all of the supporters that donated to our efforts in providing the opportunity to give 25 children in Asia the ability to walk.
Since the end of the GlobalGiving challenge, we have treated 20 children in Asia, 10 in Cambodia and 10 in Bangladesh. Treatment included five surgeries, five orthotic braces, two prosthetic limbs, three clubfoot corrections as well as providing rehabilitation to all patients.
As we continue to receive your support, we will be able to treat the remaining five children, providing them with the keys for a better future.
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