We thought we would start 2016 with news about some of the on-going work in Malawi, where Positive Steps continues to bridge gaps in health care, by working closely with the charity 500 Miles.

These photos depict people living in some of the most rural parts of Malawi, who were identified as requiring orthotic assistance by Ian Dawe (Physiotherapy technician at Nkhoma Hospital).

Below: Fanis Lemasi, with her Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) and new shoes … An Orthois is s device to support a limb to aid recovery, healing and physiotherapy …

Below: Hajira Jabilu, with his AFOs and shoes …

Below: Issah Juma, seen (centre) walking tip toes because he has weak hip flexors and left/right with his AFOs and shoes …

Below: James Theka, who has a clubfoot caused by Polio causing him to move around on his knees … seen (left) with his new knee pads …

Like James (above), Paul Madandaulo (below) was also affected by Polio and is seen with his new knee pads …

Below: Kabao Mbawala, also affected by Polio, has a clubfoot and is shown (centre and left) in his specially made sandals …

Positive Steps supports Ian in his work and funds all associated costs so people, like those shown above, can receive prosthetics and orthotics, thanks to 500 Mile …