The 8th most populous and one of the most densely populated countries in the world, it is no wonder Bangladesh is one of the so called ‘next eleven’ – poised to become one of the largest economies in the 21st century. But with poor health conditions directly attributed to the lack of healthcare related services provided by the government, most Bangladeshi’s struggle to afford care as the majority of citizens pay out-of-pocket.
To overcome this grim scenario, Impact Foundation Bangladesh initiated preventive and curative health services in remote rural areas through its programs that include creating mass awareness about the causes of disability, the means for its easy prevention, curative services for the disabled and policy advocacy with regard to disability. The Sir John Wilson Assistive Device Center (SJWADC), Chuadanga is a solely specialized institution in the Southwest region of Bangladesh for the management of physical disability and chronic pain. SJWADC manufactures various types of affordable orthotic and prosthetic devices. Assistive devices play an important role to ensure mobility of the physically disabled. Patients with cerebral palsy, limb amputation and post-operative clubfoot patients receive assistive devices from Sir John Wilson Assistive Device Centre.