TAnzania's BoA raises fund for clubfoot treatment

Bank of Africa Tanzania has collected 100,000 US dollars (slightly over 200m/-) for clubfoot treatment at the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT).

The fund was raised following the Bank of Africa initiative launched in April using various channels. At the climax of the event the organisers staged a half marathon led by ex-president Ali Hassan Mwinyi.

The fundraising campaign, launched in April, received support from the bank’s staff, partners, and clients in order to reach its goal of raising 100,000 US dollars.

Bank of Africa Board Chairperson Mwanaidi Maajar said at the weekend that the bank is committed to giving back to the community in which it operates via corporate social responsibility initiatives.

“We saw the urge to support this good cause since CCBRT serves the poorest of the poor in the community and tries to remove as many barriers as possible in order to allow people to seek treatment,” she said.

She said the Society will forever be indebted to CCBRT for taking the initiative to help people with disabilities and giving them an opportunity to be treated at subsidised costs.

It takes one to have an extraordinary heart to be able to give the service CCBRT is giving to the community. The CCBRT Chief Executive Officer, Erwin Telemans said CCBRT was incredibly grateful to the bank for their generosity throughout this campaign.

He said the lives of hundreds of children with clubfoot will improve dramatically with treatment at CCBRT, and we would not be able to change these lives without the support of our generous partners, such as Bank of Africa Tanzania.

“We cannot thank Bank of Africa Tanzania enough for not only supporting clubfoot treatments, but also helping to prevent disability in Tanzania,” he said.

He said CCBRT is committed to providing equitable access to affordable, quality medical care, as well as preventing disability and promoting inclusion in Tanzania.

The support provided by this campaign will impact not only children with clubfoot, but communities across the country, as Bank of Africa Tanzania and CCBRT continue to work together to build a more inclusive society.

This donation to CCBRT will help to provide free or low-cost treatment for 400 children with clubfoot from different regions of Tanzania, which will transform their lives and unlock their potential by enabling them to walk correctly. Clubfoot is a congenital deformity that can affect either one or both feet.

The affected foot appears to have been rotated internally at the ankle. Without treatment, people with clubfoot often appear to walk on their ankles or on the sides of their feet.

However, with early identification and treatment at a young age, many children born with clubfoot are able to walk and participate in activities in their communities.
Source: Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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