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Children with deformities in Mena to get medical aid

Dubai: The Little Wings Foundation has signed an agreement with Al Jalila Foundation (AJF) to provide free-of-cost surgeries and medical aid to most vulnerable children with musculoskeletal deformities in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Dubai-based AJF is a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research.

Dr Abdul Kareem Al Olama, chief executive officer of AJF, said, “Since its inception, the foundation has been providing children in the UAE with life-changing prosthetics, specialised wheelchairs and the necessary medical procedures to empower those with limb deformities and mobility challenges. We are excited that through our partnership with The Little Wings Foundation, we are able to extend our outreach further and offer life-transforming care and hope to young patients beyond the UAE.”

The Little Wings Foundation was founded in 2007 by Dr Marc Sinclair, one of the region’s prominent paediatric orthopaedic surgeons, with the mission to provide medical assistance to children who have musculoskeletal deformities in the Middle East and North Africa. The foundation is run by volunteers devoting their expertise and time to give back children the freedom they ‘lost’ because of physical, economic and perceived social barriers.

Dr Sinclair said, “Our partnership with Al Jalila Foundation will contribute largely to bringing orthopaedic care to children suffering from congenital and trauma-related injuries in the region. Physical disability is a recognised major barrier to education, social integration and independence leading to poverty and isolation. Removing these barriers by treatment and education unfolds the children’s individual potential, strengthens their community and sets new horizons.”

According to medical experts, it is estimated that one in 500 children is born with congenital limb deformities in the region.

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