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Success! Malaika from Tanzania raised $935 to fund clubfoot treatment.

Malaika
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  • $935 raised, $0 to go
$935
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Malaika's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Malaika post-operation

October 17, 2020

Malaika underwent clubfoot treatment.

Malaika’s manipulation and casting is going well and her foot is showing great progress after every cast change. She is currently on her third cast change. Through this treatment, Malika’s foot will be back to the normal position which will help her stand and walk like other children when the time comes for her to learn how to walk. This treatment will also make Malaika grow up without disability, saving her from the discrimination that comes with being disabled.

Malaika’s mother says, “We are really grateful for your help in funding and correcting our daughter’s foot. God bless you all.”

Malaika’s manipulation and casting is going well and her foot is showing great progress after every cast change. She is currently on her thi...

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August 10, 2020

Malaika is a two-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. Maliaka is a Swahili name meaning Angel. She is the last born in a family of five children. Both Malika’s parents depend on small-scale farming and livestock keeping for their living and to support their family of five children.

Malaika has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes.

Fortunately, Malaika traveled to visit our medical partner’s care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Malaika’s clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to wear shoes and walk easily as she grows.

Malaika’ mother says, “We would love to see our daughter walk like other normal children without being discriminated. Please help support us so that our daughter can have a chance to walk well when the time comes.”

Malaika is a two-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. Maliaka is a Swahili name meaning Angel. She is the last born in a family of five childr...

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Malaika's Timeline

  • August 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Malaika was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Malaika received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) in Tanzania. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Malaika's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Malaika's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Malaika's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Clubfoot
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $935 for Malaika's treatment
Hospital Fees
$693
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$8
Supplies
$175
Labs
$14
Other
$45
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The foot is turned inward, often severely, at the ankle, and the arch of the foot is very high. Patients experience discomfort, and the affected leg may be shorter and smaller than the other.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

These children have a difficult time walking and running. Years of trying to walk on a clubfoot will cause wounds and other skeletal problems, such as arthritis. Patients will have difficulty fitting in shoes and participating in normal play, school, and daily activities. Many Africans make their livings through manual labor, which can be difficult with an untreated clubfoot.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Incidence is 1/1,000 live births, or about 1,600 cases in Tanzania annually. This is roughly similar to rates in Western countries, though many cases may be missed. There is no known reason for its occurrence in this region.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Patients will undergo a series of small operations, casting, and manipulations during their course of treatment. Patients will stay in the Plaster House, a rehabilitation center for children in Tanzania, for as long as their recovery takes.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

The bones and joint will become aligned, and long-term disability will be prevented.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Clubfoot is very treatable. The surgery is minor and not risky.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Care is not easily accessible. Most patients live in remote, rural areas and are identified through mobile outreach. The pediatric surgical program at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre was started to meet the large burden of pediatric disability in the region.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If not treated, the condition will persist and will result in disability.

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