GCI is a collaborative group of organisations and individuals with the common objective of eliminating physical impairment resulting from untreated clubfoot using the Ponseti method as the primary treatment method administered through regional or national programmes.  GCI is open to partnership with any organisations who share our goals and we would love to hear from you – contact us here.

Governing partners

CBM International

CBM LogoCBM is an international development organisation committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. CBM works with partners – organisations and individuals with disabilities – to enable persons with disabilities to overcome barriers preventing full participation in society. CBM works with local partner organisations around the world that provide Ponseti treatment for children with clubfoot.  Go to CBM’s website: www.cbm.org

CURE Clubfoot

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CURE Clubfoot is a program of CURE International, a Christian health care network that operates charitable hospitals and programs in underserved countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God’s love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Learn more at cure.org and cureinternational.org.uk.  The goal of CURE Clubfoot is to eradicate clubfoot in underserved countries by working in partnership with a number of other international NGOs, the donor community, and in-country partners to establish country-wide clubfoot treatment programs.   Learn more at cure.org/clubfoot.

Feet First Worldwide

Feet First Worldwide LogoFeet First Worldwide is a charity working internationally to combat physical disability amongst children by training healthcare workers and providing treatment for children. Feet First Worldwide have established clubfoot recognition and treatment programmes in several low income countries, with the vision that in the future every child born with clubfoot should be diagnosed at birth and provided with appropriate treatment. They also aim to train surgeons in low income countries to manage cases of neglected clubfoot.

International Committee of the Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance through its 80 delegations and offices around the world. Since 1979, with ICRC support, numerous people have benefited from physical-rehabilitation services, including the provision oICRC logof prostheses, orthoses, wheelchairs and walking aids, physiotherapy and follow-up care. Not all of them are war-wounded patients but violence has invariably deprived them of needed health care, including rehabilitation services.  For some years now, children with clubfoot have been among the beneficiaries of ICRC physical-rehabilitation projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Pakistan. The treatment they receive is based on the Ponseti method. Alleviating this suffering will continue to be a main concern for the ICRC.  Go to ICRC’s website: www.icrc.org.

miraclefeet

miraclefeet is an international organisation solely dedicated to eliminating clubfoot as a permanent childhood physical disability worldwide. With the goal of providing proper treatment for every child born with a clubfoot in a developing country, miraclefeet works to help establish national clubfoot programs, partnering with local doctors, hospitals, government agencies and NGO’s to treat clubfoot children and help create sustainable networks of clubfoot clinics to make free treatment accessible to all families.  Currently miraclefeet has national programs underway in Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, Ecuador, India, the Philippines, Liberia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa.   Go to miraclefeet’s website: www.miraclefeet.org.

Mobility Outreach International

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Mobility Outreach International (formerly Prosthetics Outreach Foundation) seeks to ensure that children and adults with limb loss or limb deformities in developing countries have access to high-quality orthopedic and physical rehabilitation services, so that they can enjoy lifelong mobility.  Their mission includes providing treatment using the Ponseti method for children with clubfoot in Vietnam, Haiti, Bangladesh and Sierra Leone.   Go to their website at: mobilityoi.org.

STEPS UK

STEPS is the leading voice and national charity for lower limb conditions in the UK. Everything they do is about valuing and supporting individuals, families and carers affected by clubfoot, hip dysplasia or any other lower limb condition. Every year, over 2,000 families contact STEPS, often in desperation, for clear information about their child’s condition, the treatment options available and how to care for their child on a daily basis.  Go to STEPS’ website: www.steps-charity.org.uk

Walk for Life: the Bangladesh Sustainable Clubfoot Programme

Walk For Life LogoWalk for Life is a country programme targeting clubfoot in Bangladesh. Through awareness raising activities, training of health practitioners and treatment delivery they aim to make Ponseti treatment available first to the Khulna district and then to expand country-wide.  Go to Walk for Life’s website: www.walkforlife.org.au

World Orthopaedic Concern UK

World Orthopaedic Concern UK (WOC) is a charitable organisation dedicated to improving the standard of orthopaedic, trauma and reconstructive surgery in developing countries.   They: provide orthopaedic education in the developing world and about the developing world; give help and advicWOC UK logoe to those setting up orthopaedic training and service programmes in the developing world; act as an advocacy group in the UK to the NHS and to our colleagues, regarding orthopaedics in the developing world; and offer practical help and support to those practicing orthopaedics and training in orthopaedics in the developing world.  Go to the WOC UK website: www.wocuk.org.

Associate partners

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A Leg To Stand On (“ALTSO”) is a non-profit organization that provides clubfoot correction as well as corrective surgery, prosthetic limbs, and rehabilitative care to children with limb disabilities in the developing world. Their mission is to level the playing field for children with such disabilities by delivering treatment, training and therapy. Since 2003, ALTSO has treated over 10,000 children. ALTSO is currently working in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, and Uganda.  Go to ALTSO’s website: www.altso.org.

The International Centre for Evidence in Disability

The International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) was launched in June, 2010. The aim is to establish LSHTM as an international centre with expertise and competence in disability research and teaching in the context of public health and development.
The Centre draws together a diverse range of researchers across LSHTM, with broad skills and knowledge in the field of disability. Our focus is on developing tools, techniques and evidence about disability, leading to scalable interventions. The majority of our research is undertaken in low- and middle-income countries. We also run a teaching programme on disability within LSHTM.
Current clubfoot research involves collaboration with the Africa Clubfoot Training Project, the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Zimbabwe Sustainable Clubfoot Project in addition to several international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and agencies to help achieve the goal of translating research outcomes into practice.  Go to The International Centre for Evidence in Disability’s website: www.ISHTM.ac.uk

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Aide Médicale et Développement (AMD) is a French non-governmental organisation working to improve health in developing countries. Starting in 2001, AMD has developed a programme around Chakaria, in the south east of Bangladesh, to eliminate childhood disabilities such as rickets and clubfoot.  With the French NGO KDM (Kiné du Monde) and the Bengali NGO SARPV (Social Assistance and Rehabilitation of Vulnerable People) AMD developed a global program of awareness, prevention, early detection, medical treatment, physiotherapy and surgical treatment.

In Bangladesh we frequently see patients with club foot of walking age. For children below five years of age we apply the Ponseti method. After five we adapt the technique according to the severity of the deformity. Thanks to our cooperation with Zero Club Foot and Walk for Life, we provide free treatment for children below five. Above this age the cost of the treatment is adapted to the social level of the family.  Go to the AMD website: www.amd-france.org

Anthrologica

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Anthrologica is a research-based organisation specialising in the applied anthropology of healthcare.  Our aim is to develop appropriate and sustainable processes for improving health and healthcare especially in resource scarce settings, with measurable results.  Our specific expertise lies in incorporating the needs and perceptions of intended beneficiaries into healthcare policy and programming to ensure that it is contextually relevant and that opportunities for improving health are maximised.  We work cross sector within the healthcare structures of the countries in which we operate, usually in collaboration with local partners.

In 2009-2010, we conducted the first anthropological study of clubfoot in Malawi, focusing on local theories of causation and treatment-seeking behaviour.  We are currently applying for a grant to fund a large project exploring the role of faith and local beliefs in the provision and uptake of treatment for clubfoot in East and West Africa. Go to Anthrologica’s website: www.anthrologica.com

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The Beit CURE International Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi is a 72-bed teaching hospital that specialises in treating the orthopaedic needs of both adults and children. It is part of the CURE International network of hospitals, and its mission is to help children with physical disabilities throughout Malawi for free, regardless of ethnic background, religious affiliation or ability to pay. The National Clubfoot Programme is coordinated at the Hospital, with the aim of ensuring that all children born with clubfoot in Malawi are treated appropriately using the Ponseti method. Find out more at their website: www.curehospital.mw

Cameroon Clubfoot Care Project

The Cameroon Clubfoot Care Project is a clubfoot management project initiated by the CBC Health Services in Cameroon in its pilot phase and has as its overall purpose that children born with clubfoot as a lifelong disabling condition access care and treatment through recognised specialised clinics in Cameroon. This purpose is being attained through three areas: access to quality treatment by families in Cameroon, awareness and utilisation of available services by community members in project’s catchment areas and the development of partnerships for sustainability purposes.

The project is attaining its results by providing treatment using the Ponseti technique and corrective surgery for children with neglected clubfoot in 4 clinics in two regions of Cameroon, organising refresher courses for staff in its clinics, undertaking wide awareness campaigns, breaking down cultural beliefs and traditional barriers to service uptake and developing and formalising partnerships with other health institutions for the harmonisation of clubfoot using the Ponseti technique in the entire country.

Clubfoot Correction Awareness Initiative

Clubfoot Correction Awareness Initiative (CaCAI), is an organisation in Kenya that works towards reducing the incidence of clubfoot deformity in Kenya by promoting early treatment through the Ponseti Method.CaCAI WS  To achieve this, the organisation sensitises people and local health institutions on the importance of early detection and correction of clubfoot by disseminating all the useful information about clubfoot through concerted campaigns in the mainstream media and other forums. They also fight the common myth that clubfoot is caused by curses, witchcraft and other traditional beliefs. CaCAI also works together with medical institutions, organisations and individual donors to fund full or partial treatment of identified clubfoot cases.  The organisation also joins hands with celebrities that had suffered or had/have a personal experience with Clubfoot to raise awareness on the need for early treatment.  View CaCAI’s blog here: clubfootcorrectionawareness.blogspot.com

Farrukh Foundation 

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Farrukh Foundation is an organisation committed to improving the quality of life of all persons with disabilities in the poorest areas of Pakistan. Their aim is to transform the lives of children with disabilities in the developing world through establishing specialty rehabilitation facilities in low-income areas. Farrukh Foundation provides treatment at their hospitals for a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions which can cause permanent disability.  In the last 5 years children between the ages new-born to 5 years, and girls aged 5-15 years have been referred to treatment of bone and limb disorders. In this time the doctors of Farrukh Foundation have worked with devotion to see more than 860 cases successfully cured, free of cost to the patients’ families. These patients came from all over Pakistan and were provided accommodation where they could not afford it alongside all free treatment, including casting, artificial limbs and movement support tools for all affected children. Whilst rehabilitation of the disabled remains the broad focus of all their work, Farrukh Foundation also has the goal of providing proper treatment for every child born with clubfoot in Pakistan. They are working towards this by seeking to establish national clubfoot programs through partnering with local doctors, hospitals, and government agencies to make free treatment accessible to all families. For more information visit their website: www.farrukh-foundation.org.pk

Handicap International

HI logoHandicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation, working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disasters.  We work alongside people with disabilities and other vulnerable people, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Go to Handicap International’s website: www.handicap-international.org.

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IMPACT’s aim is simple – that no one should be needlessly disabled by disease, lack of knowledge or shortage of medical services.  Through our partner organisations we are treating children with clubfoot using the Ponseti method.  IMPACT works in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, The Philippines, Zanzibar, UK.  We are privileged to be an Associate Member of Global Clubfoot Initiative.  Go to IMPACT’s  website here: www.impact.org.uk.

 Italian Group for the Protection and Promotion of the Ponseti Method IGPPPM

IGPPPM (Italian Group for Promotion and Protection of Ponseti Method) was created 5 years ago to spread the Ponseti method in Italy and to defend the correct application of the method. IGPPPM collects data on the use of the Ponseti method throughout Italy and provides continuous supervision of new hospitals that claim to apply the method.

Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships is an international faith-based organisation with a mission to increase access to health care throughout the world. Through the deployment of the world’s largest charity hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships works with host nations to help fill the gaps in health care systems, while serving the immediate needs of their population. Mercy Ships provides a variety of training opportunities for medical professionals, along with curative surgical interventions. Collaborating with qualified local and international partners, Mercy Ships programmes offer holistic support to developing nations striving to make health care accessible for all. As a Christian charity, Mercy Ships freely serves the poor without regard to race, gender or religion. As part of both training and direct services programs, Mercy Ships offers Ponseti casting interventions and training for local medical professionals. In an effort to enhance orthopaedic care, Mercy Ships partners with existing Ponseti clinics to improve the quality of services provided.  Go to Mercy Ship’s website: www.mercyships.org

On His Path

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On His Path is a private, non-profit foundation, which was formed in 2009 by John and Jean Mitchell, for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing a superior low-cost clubfoot brace to developing countries. These braces will be distributed free or at a greatly reduced price to maintain correction of the clubfoot utilizing the Ponseti Method of clubfoot treatment. In addition, On His Path will perform and or financially support research, education, and training on devices and techniques to more effectively treat and care for a variety of pediatric and adult conditions and deformities.
In addition to the clubfoot treatment initiative, On His Path is focused on bringing potable water and adequate nutrition to the developing world. On His Path is passionate about helping those who cannot help themselves. Go to On His Path’s website: www.onhispath.com

SIGN

SIGN supplies implants and education directed primarily toward fracture care in under-resourced settings, enabling the time patients spend in traction to be greatly reduced. Fractures must be treated on a timely basis. When SIGN founder Dr Lewis Zirkle visited the lecture room of a hospital in Haiti he found residents using Ponseti method to cast clubfeet. This reminded him that deformities too must be treated on a timely basis. SIGN acknowledges the great work done by Ponseti advocates and the surgeons they have taught, and regularly hosts Ponseti training courses at its annual meetings. There is great synergy between SIGN and Global Clubfoot Initiative: creating equality of fracture care is SIGN’s vision as GCI’s is creating equality of clubfoot care. Go to SIGN’s website, here: signfracturecare.org.

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STEPS Charity is a regional organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa. STEPS’ goal is to contribute to the eradication of poverty & hunger in Southern Africa by establishing (in collaboration with medical professionals and organisations) the cost-effective & medically proven Ponseti method as the preferred treatment for clubfoot.  STEPS has hosted local Ponseti training and continues to provide information and support to families until every child born with clubfoot has early and effective treatment, and access to care by a health care provider trained in the Ponseti method.  Website:  www.steps.org.za  Parents’ information website:  www.clubfoot.co.za

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Suresteps Africa is an NGO whose sole aim is to eliminate untreated clubfoot amongst children by ensuring those affected receive the best standard of treatment, information and support they need.We are achieving our goal by promoting early detection and treatment using the Ponseti method, raising awareness and public sensitization, counselling affected families and creating community networks. We also partner with national sustainable programs for capacity building, training health workers and for the development of local sustainable programs.  Suresteps Africa,  believes that no child should suffer clubfoot as a lifelong disability.  Go to Suresteps’ website: www.surestepsafrica.org

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Talipes Together is a public website that helps people affected by clubfoot share and offer support to each other. It was created in 2010 by a mother of a little boy born with clubfoot in Ireland. It now has hundreds of members from all over the world. Talipes Together opens conversations between people and they can share their thoughts and queries. Members can upload their photos and videos and it now has a comprehensive multi media library including professional videos from all around the world. Talipes Together is a friendly and open place for people to talk about clubfoot. Go to the Talipes Together website: talipestogether.com.

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Zero Clubfoot (ZCF) is a nonprofit health project of Lion Mukhlesur Rahman Foundation, which aims to transform the lives of children with clubfoot. ZCF is solely dedicated to eliminating clubfoot by putting into place a system for early detection and treatment of all  children under 5 years born with clubfoot in Chittagong division of Bangladesh. The vision is to see no child walking with clubfoot. That’s why the aim is to offer treatment to every  child with clubfoot within the 1st month of life and achieve full correction before they start walking.  Zero Clubfoot provides free Ponseti treatment & corrective surgery (for neglected & resistant cases), establishes Ponseti clinics in government hospitals, trains up doctors and physiotherapists in the Ponseti method and builds up awareness among local doctors, hospitals, government agencies and NGO’s to emphasis early diagnosed and treatment of clubfoot. Read more about ZCF at their website: www.zeroclubfoot.org

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The Zimbabwe Sustainable Clubfoot Programme (ZSCP) partners with the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe. The aim is to eliminate clubfoot as a lifelong disabling condition by establishing an effective and sustainable countrywide clubfoot treatment program in Zimbabwe using the Ponseti method. ZSCP has been involved with Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare (Clinic: Tuesday 8-12h00) and the United Bulawayo Hospitals in Bulawayo (Clinic:Wednesday 8-12h00) since March 2011. Two Ponseti Courses have been undertaken in this time and an introductory counselling course. The Programme will expand to Mutare and Gweru within 2012. In its first year, over 200 children have been impacted in clubfoot clinics through the Ponseti method.