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Eliya is a baby from Tanzania who needs $890 to fund clubfoot surgery.

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June 23, 2017

Eliya is a gentle, one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the second child in his family. His father works as a motorcycle-taxi driver, and his mother takes care of the family’s household.

Eliya was born with bilateral clubfeet, a condition in which both feet appear to have been twisted internally at the ankle, making it difficult to walk. Without treatment, Eliya’s mobility will be severely impaired.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund corrective surgery for Eliya. The clubfoot repair procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Eliya to move without difficulty when he ultimately starts walking.

“I will be very happy and thankful if Eliya gets treatment, and I expect Eliya to attend school after treatment and when he grows up,” says Eliya’s mother.

Eliya is a gentle, one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania. He is the second child in his family. His father works as a motorcycle-taxi driver,...

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Eliya's Timeline

  • June 23, 2017

    Eliya was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • June 27, 2017

    Eliya received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC).

  • July 06, 2017

    Eliya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 21, 2017

    Awaiting Eliya's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Eliya is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $890 for Eliya's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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