Awareness Programs

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular, genetic disorder which results in the progressive deterioration of muscle strength and function. The most common form in childhood is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which can see a young boy using a manual wheelchair by the age of 8, and being completely dependent on an electric one by his early teens. Life expectancy for this disorder is usually only until early adulthood.
There are many other types of neuromuscular disorders, affecting people of all ages. While most forms of muscular dystrophy occur in babies or children, some others appear in late adolescence or adulthood. The incidence of persons with a neuromuscular disorder is estimated to be 100 per 100,000 head of population. As Egypt has high population, high consanguinity these facts increase the number of patients, although many patients are not probably diagnosed and the exact number of patients is not yet known.

We started Awareness campaigns in 2015 through different cities of Egypt for both medical professionals and care givers to teach about importance of diagnosis and applying standards of care.