Monthly Archives: January 2011

DHAKA: Clubfoot -Possible Cure

Tens of thousands of babies worldwide are still born with clubfoot – feet turned inward at birth – despite a cost-effective, non-surgical treatment, say health experts.

About 150,000 children are born every year with the deformity that, if left untreated, increases in severity and pain, leading to a life of stigma, isolation, disability and depression, said Canada-based Shafique Pirani.

Named after its inventor, the Ponseti method means even people not trained as doctors can treat clubfoot through corrective foot manipulation and castings, followed by corrective shoe braces made by trained cobblers for as little as $4.

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ANGOLA: Polio Campaign

The Angolan government is preparing to renew efforts to eradicate polio with support from global partners, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has made polio eradication its top priority.

Angola succeeded in stamping out polio for three consecutive years at the beginning of the century, but a strain of the virus prevalent in India reappeared in 2005 and has since spread to the neighbouring countries of Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and theRepublic of Congo. In 2010, 32 people in Angola contracted the highly infectious, non-curable disease, which can cause total parAdd a custom formalysis in hours.

SUDAN: Visceral leishmaniasis outbreak adds to returnees’ woe

NAIROBI, 30 December 2010 (IRIN) – The influx of returnees from the north to Southern Sudan ahead of an independence referendum scheduled for 9 January 2011 is raising fears of a more widespread outbreak of visceral leishmaniasis, a disease which can be lethal and is endemic in parts of the greater Upper Nile region, says a World Health Organization (WHO) official in Southern Sudan.

Leishmaniasis comes in several forms and usually manifests itself in skin sores. Visceral leishmaniasis, a severe form of the disease in which parasites have migrated to the vital organs, is also known askala-azar.

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NIGERIA: Installing toilets to reduce blindness


Lack of access to clean toilets or an adequate water supply, living in close proximity to animals, and poor public health awareness have helped put 2.3 million people in Nigeria’s Borno State at risk of contracting trachoma, a viral infection causing blindness.
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