Ryan 's clubfoot page
In memory of: Arnie Bathurst
£110.00 raised of £5,000.00 target
£110.00 raised so far
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I have recently moved back to my native Zimbabwe, and I'm now delighted to be leading a project that aims to improve childrens lives directly, I'm talking about kids that are born with Club-Foot. If you're not sure what it is, I have included pictures that I have taken of Zimbabwean kids with the deformity.
We are in the process of implementing a sustainable national programme that applies the Ponseti method of clubfoot correction. This method is now recognised by the World Health Organisation as the gold standard for management of clubfoot.
We use serial plaster-casting to correct the deformity in the child, preferably within the first 3 months of life, thereafter we maintain the correction by immobilising the foot in a Brace for 3 months, 24hrs a day and thereafter at night only until the age of 4 years. This may sound like a long period but, because of the growing child , there is a high likelihood that the deformity may recur up to the age of 4. The child learns to walk at the typical age of approx 12 months.
Quite frequently a tenotomy is also required, ( releasing the achilles tendon) to allow the child to walk on flat feet and not only on their toes.
This condition affects 1.2 kids per 1000 live births in Europe and in Southern Africa 3.3 kids per 1000 live births, it affects boys more than girls and is bilateral in 60-70% of cases.
Without our treatment, these kids struggle to walk and develop as they should. They are often un-educated because in Zim kids walk long distances to get to school, which clufoot kids can't manage. This makes work prospects poor, and subsequently marriage prospects are also not good. They are often seen as "cursed" in the rural communities and therefore shunned from society.
This all totally avoidable as the condition is correctable.
We have managed to have 5 international trainers come and educate 40 healthcare workers in Zimbabwe and have established two Ponseti Clubfoot clinics, one in Harare and the other in Bulawayo.
We have successfully treated 53 children who have now moved onto wearing maintainence braces. These are being produced right here in Zimbabwe.
Please give generously, or any little that you can afford frequently to allow us to make a real difference to peoples lives in Zimbabwe.
I will keep updating pictures and show you where your money has gone.
Thanks for your support.
Every raging river begins with one drop of water!!
All funds will be directed towards the Clubfoot Programme by the good people at ZANE
Charity Registration No. 1112949
ZANE was founded in 2002 to help the elderly whose pensions had been destroyed by inflation, including ex-service people who fought in World War II. Last year they fed and cared for 1,900 people. In 2005 ZANE started a work caring for the poor, widows, orphans and HIV/AIDS sufferers.
Great cause Ryan - Well done :-)
Donation by Kai Linnell on 23/02/11
+ £5.64 Gift Aid
All the best for the fund raising Geza. A worthy cause and well done on making a difference
Donation by Gareth Lee-Bell on 23/02/11
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Hey Ryan, Glad to see someone making a difference. Send my regards to Margie and Lynne. Best of luck, Rory and Jules
Donation by Rory Taylor on 23/02/11
Good to hear from you Ryan, good luck with this, looks like a worthwhile way to spend your time. X
Donation by Eira Parry on 23/02/11
+ £5.64 Gift Aid
Hey Ryan, Best of luck and well done with setting up this great charity. All our love, Jo, Adrian, Sean and Bump
Donation by Joanne Bathurst on 23/02/11
+ £8.46 Gift Aid
- * Online donations£110.00
- Offline donations£0.00
- Text donations£0.00
- Total raised£110.00
- Gift Aid£25.38
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