Equatorial Opportunities

Equatorial Opportunities are a small non-for-profit organisation that provides support for Nauru and Nauruans in health education, disabilities, ecotourism, the environment and community development, to help individuals achieve quality of life and a sustainable future. Footscape is working with Equatorial Opportunities to implement strategies that:

  1. Address dermatological issues in the development, and the delay in resolution, of diabetic foot wounds in Nauru.
  2. Aid the protection and development of the growing foot amongst mentally and physically impaired Nauruan children with biomechanical abnormalities.

Podiatrists are encouraged to Get Involved with this project for which there are opportunities to volunteer in Nauru alongside the Equatorial Opportunities medical team.

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Adelaide Podiatrist Kirsten Whisson and Sue Barker of Equatorial Opportunities exchanging cultural understanding with Nauru Hospital staff

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Melbourne podiatrist Brianna High developing friendships amongst the local Nauru population

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Melbourne Podiatrist Rebecca Mannix taking time to perfect her fishing skills on the Pacific Ocean

Walk For Life

Over five thousand children are born with a clubfoot deformity in Bangladesh every year. Management of such clubfoot is paramount to eradicate lifelong deformity and disability. Without treatment children cannot walk properly and cannot get to school. These children would otherwise grow up to be a burden on their family and ultimately live in significant poverty.

Since 2009 Walk For Life has been providing free treatment to children affected by clubfoot under the age of three years by the Ponseti method. The aim of the organisation is to make Ponseti treatment available to all Bangladeshi infants born with a clubfoot in a safe, effective and sustainable manner. Walk For Life are concurrently focused on supporting various important government medical facilities in Bangladesh by providing appropriate training with an international team of volunteer trainers.

Walk for Life have enabled Rabbi to run off to school!

Footscape recognises the outstanding work of Walk For Life in addressing the burden of this terrible congenital abnormality. Our financial contributions enable Bangladeshi children with clubfoot to receive free treatment and eradicate this lifelong deformity.