Work For Life Project

Work For Life Project

SBSD works in Tanzania to transform the lives of children with correctable disabilities through surgery and compassionate care, the children we serve have conditions like clubfoot. Clubfoot is a deformity where the foot is curved inwards and downwards. This deformity can cause pain while walking, preventing a child from attending school or earning an income later in life, and it can elicit discrimination from community members. Statistics shows that globally for every 750 births 1 child is born with clubfoot and this problem is affecting Tanzania as well. The number is higher in the underdeveloped countries like Tanzania. The problem of clubfoot is due to lack of awareness and poor access to healthcare most children in developing countries like Tanzania do not receive treatment. Left untreated, clubfoot results in severe disability, causing pain and difficult in walking. Many children are dropped out school and become beggars on the streets and some of children with clubfoot in school are on risk of drop out because clubfoot causing pain and difficult in walking. This means, there is a huge number of children who do not go to school contributing to have higher illiteracy rate in Tanzania. Approximately 90% of all children born with clubfoot live in countries where there is limited or no access to proper treatment. As a result, over one million children are living with untreated clubfoot and face stigma, pain, and increased risk of life long poverty, the problem of untreated clubfoot is one we can solve through surgery.

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