Bangladesh

Population: 160 million
Estimated number of children with clubfoot born per year: 4373

(Number of clubfoot cases estimated using CIA world factbook population data and an incidence rate of 1.2/1000 births)

In Bangladesh there is a national programme for clubfoot treatment run by the international NGO Walk for Life in partnership with the Glencoe Foundation, Prosthetics Outreach Foundation and Rotary clubs around the world. Within Bangladesh Walk for Life works with local partners Zero Clubfoot Chittagong, the Lamb Hospital and CRP Bangladesh.

Mother and baby, Bangladesh

Walk for Life’s aim is that within two years every child born with clubfoot in Bangladesh should have the opportunity for treatment using the Ponseti technique.  Treatment is provided free and clinics are being set up across the country so that no family should have to travel more than 60 kilometers to reach a clinic.

Walk for Life Bangladesh clinics map 2011

From 2009 until the end of March 2011 more than 2,100 children were enrolled for clubfoot treatment as part of WFL’s work in Bangladesh.  Full details are shown in the table below:

Number of Ponseti clinics in the country Number of babies enrolled Number of feet treated
2009 5 195 312
2010 16 1351 2116
2011 21 (to 30 March) 600 (to 30 March) 888 (to 30 March)

Downloads: Walk for Life Bangladesh January 2012 update download (4)

Zero clubfoot newsletter June 2012 download, click here.

Walk For Life update July 2012, WFL July 2012 update (2)

Zero clubfoot update January 2013 Zero Clubfoot January 2013 update (2)

Walk for Life newsletter January 2013 Walk for Life January 2013 newsletter (0)

Pictures of Walk for Life, Bangladesh

Physiotherapist with child in braces

To read more about Walk For Life’s work in Bangladesh please visit their website at: http://www.walkforlife.org.au or click on the link here.

(Incidence estimated using CIA factbook statistics and clubfoot incidence of 1-2/1000 live births)