Rotarian Pradeep Bahri recalled how fellow Rotarian Amarnath Goyal during a visit to St. Stephen’s Hospital several years ago was deeply moved while watching Dr. Mathew Varghese attending a polio affected child. He decided that Rotary clubs must become valuable partners in the task.
Four hundred and fifty doctors, 200 CURE counsellors, health and social workers across India, and RBSK representatives from different states participated in the Conference. Additionally, experts and delegates from 20 countries including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and several African countries were also participating in the conference.
Every year in India more than 30 million women will become pregnant, and approximately one out of every 800 will give birth to a child with clubfoot. Having a child born with clubfoot brings stigma, discrimination, and lack of opportunities. Unfortunately, many do not know that treatment is available and accessible for their children. Within India, many believe their child was born with polio and cannot receive treatment. This is no longer the case. Treatment is now readily available through CURE India’s network of clinics.