This project will help 500 children with birth defects such as club foot/ancle drop/ knock knees etc needing appliances such as Dennis Brown shoes/ancle foot orthosis/knee brace. By identifying and providing such appliances, our team at the Government Hospitals will help these children walk; play and grow up as independent adults. We will periodically replace worn out or need adjustments appliances used by the children.
Treatment of birth defects depends on the level of health care available. It comprises medical, therapy, use of corrective devices, rehabilitation and counseling for the parents, all of which the poor lack. Neglecting preventable disability in children is a brutal tragedy and as a result, they are less likely to go to school; complete their education face unemployment, long-term illnesses, violence, and social discrimination.
We run a counter at the Institute of Child Health twice a week to identify and provide appliances to children who have birth defects. Based on the needs, we take measurements and appropriate appliances are given within five days, free of cost. Through our family visits, we will ascertain the usage of the assistive devices; guide and counsell parents to provide appropriate care and support to their children enabling them to lead an independent life.
25% of the children who were provided with aids and appliances are leading a normal life today. They are able to walk, run and take part in all activities and have joined regular schools, which is a great improvement. These children will now grow up to be confident and independent persons. Parents can get involved in regular employment when children are independent. Economically, saving for the country less expenditure in entitlements and increased productivity, especially among the youth.