Muniira’s Story

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Saved from a lifetime of disability through access to clubfoot treatment provided by Diversity Action Network in partnership with Australian Doctors for Africa.

Muniira’s mother did not hesitate when she set off from her home village of Qudhac Raamaale on the Ethiopian-Somali border to travel the 100kms to Hargeisa, the capital city of Somaliland. She had taken this trip before, when her eldest daughter needed treatment, and now it was Muniira’s turn.

Little Muniira is only 8 months old and was born with clubfoot deformity in her left foot. Clubfoot is a congenital deformity which is caused by the abnormal development of the baby’s bones, ligaments and muscles whilst in the womb. If left untreated the deformity would cause her a lifetime of disability and pain. People with untreated clubfoot often experience difficulties in accessing education, healthcare and employment, as well as feeling socially isolated. 

At the clubfoot clinic Muniira received two casting sessions which involved manipulating the foot and setting it in plaster cast. Once the cast was removed, Muniira was fitted with a temporary foot abduction brace to prevent the relapse of the deformity.  

Munirra’s family is currently separated and her mother works hard to take care of her four children with the support of her family. Having access to clubfoot treatment means that her daughters will lead lives free from disability and social exclusion.

“I highly appreciate the quality and warm welcome of the clubfoot clinic staff and the service was very satisfactory. My two daughters who otherwise would have developed life disability are now treated and will walk like any other child”.

Muniira’s Mother

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