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.
Association Pour le Développent de la Préadaptation et du Bien Etre en cigle (ADRBE), Republic of Congo
ADRBE is an apolitical association, created by the parents of disabled people and Rehabilitation Professionals, recognized by the Ministry of the Interior and Decentralization from 06 July 2011 and published in the official journal of the Republic of Congo at number 35 on September 1, 2011.
To date, nearly 300 children have seen their situation improve thanks to this partnership.
Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA)
Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA) is a not-for-profit community based organisation with its headquarters located in Perth, Western Australia and no political or religious affiliations. ADFA is committed to establishing and maintaining clubfoot programs in East Africa. ADFA is active in providing training in the Ponseti technique, as well as supporting logistics and infrastructure to establish and support clubfoot clinics in Madagascar, Somaliland and Comoros.
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.
CBM 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
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. 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
Clubfoot Care for Kenya (CCK)
We help children in India born with clubfoot, to be free from a lifetime of disability.
We do this through the support of clubfoot clinics that are recognized and officially licensed by the Ministry of Health, in every state of India.
Disability Action Network
Disability Action Network is a national Non-Governmental Organization based in Hargeisa, in Somaliland. The mission of DAN is to help secure full participation of People with Disabilities (PWD) in the mainstream social and economic life by working towards the elimination of preventable disabilities and improving mobility.
The Club Foot Screening and Treatment Program consists of 4 clinics based in the hospitals of Hargeisa Borama, Berbera and Burao. ADFA helped DAN to set up the clubfoot clinics and supported the training of DAN staff on clubfoot assessment and care through PONSETI method. Some further steps have been taken to promote the work of the clinics among the medical staff and general public to improve referral. ALTSO also provides yearly donations of materials.
Faith Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Center ( FACORC) / Liberia Clubfoot Program ( LCP )
Feet First Worldwide
Feet 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.
Fundacion Solidaridad, Paraguay
Gambia Clubfoot Foundation
Gambia Clubfoot Foundation is a registered charitable foundation (2017/C4808), initiated as a community based program to lobby for funding, Specialist Doctors (Orthopedic surgeons) to support free treatment of children born with clubfoot (Twisted Limbs) and support training of multidisciplinary Gambian healthcare professionals with Non-surgical methods of clubfoot treatment (Ponseti Techniques). We realized that treatment of this disability is a challenge and there are few medically trained Gambian orthopaedics or physiotherapist doctors and nurses to cure such condition.
Hope and Healing International
Hope and Healing International is a Christian organization that serves as the hands joining Canadians and people living with or affected by disabilities in the poorest communities – working together for the benefit of all.
Hope and Healing International works with local partners to treat preventable and curable causes of blindness such as cataract, river blindness and trachoma. We work to identify and treat conditions like club foot and cleft lip, as early in a child’s life as possible, to avoid or minimize permanent impairment. We work together with local partners and with our clients to develop custom rehabilitation plans that address physio and occupational therapy needs, assistive devices and other rehabilitation services. The goal is to make each child, each mom, each dad living with a permanent impairment or health condition as able and independent as he or she can be. Our work opens the door for people with disability to gain access to an education, open a business, earn a living, make friends and be part of their community, often for the first time in their lives.
Hope Walks is an international not-for-profit organization established to free children and families from the physical, emotional, and economic burden of clubfoot. Motivated by our hope in Christ, Hope Walks builds sustainable national clubfoot programs in low- and middle-income countries. We train and equip national partners in the Ponseti method of clubfoot treatment and provide dedicated parent support and education to ensure success. Through quality treatment and compassionate care, we make freedom from clubfoot a reality. www.hopewalks.org
HOPE WALKS Ethiopia national clubfoot program is supported by Hope Walks Inc., whose mission is to establish national access to early holistic care for children with clubfoot. Hope Walks ‘Ethiopia vision is that disability resulting from clubfoot will be eradicated for allchildren born with this treatable condition, by creating nationally sustainable clubfoot programs utilizing the globally accepted standard of treatment, Ponseti method. In response, Hope Walks has 35 partners clubfoot clinics in each region and city administrations of Ethiopia. It has developed a program management system that works in partnership with the national health system and Ministry of Health to expand accessibility of quality and holistic clubfoot care across Ethiopia.
Hope Walks Rwanda Clubfoot Programme
Hope Walks Zambia Limited
Humanity and Inclusion
Humanité & Inclusion is an independent and impartial international aid organization, working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disasters.
Humanité & Inclusion , the new name of Handicap International, expresses one of the organization’s central values, “Humanity”. This is reflected every day in HI’s benevolent and empathetic approach, close proximity with its beneficiaries, and respect for individuality.
“‘Inclusion’ reflects one of the core ambitions that has driven HI’s actions for 35 years: the inclusion of people with disabilities and vulnerable people who are often overlooked. https://hi.org
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 of 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.
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
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.
National Clubfoot Programme of Uganda
On His Path
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
Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare
Programme National de Réadaptation à Base Communautaire (PNRBC)
PNRBC is a technical department of the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Health in charge of disability. The DRC clubfoot project aim to reduce the prevalence of clubfoot in the whole country. From the study done by PNRBC in collaboration with CBM it was demonstrated that the incidence of clubfoot in Kinshasa the capital city is 1.5/1000.
The DRC clubfoot project started in 2011 with his faithful partner CBM. Currently, the project has 10 clinics located in 5 provinces out of 26. Up to date over 4475 children with clubfoot have been successfully treated among them 2116 children are at school and many marriages and families have been reconciled.
The project has achieved these results through training of midwifes in early detection and transfer of clubfoot children from maternity to clinics, sensitisation of churches, markets, local leaders and traditional healers ,training of trainers, provision of treatment using strictly Ponseti method, surgical campaign for neglected clubfoot and short survey on patient’s satisfaction. The main challenge is that, due to the country’s huge size a good number of provinces have not been covered in depth yet.
SOPCCO was established by Somali rehabilitation center staff and a group of Doctors from Plasma University in Mogadishu with the aim of eliminating clubfoot deformity through out Somalia.
The Club Foot Screening and Treatment Program consists of 4 clinics based in three Rehabilitation centers in Mogadishu, Hargeisa and Galkio and one clinic in Plasma University in Mogadishu. Somali Red Crescent, Norwegian Red Cross, ICRC/ Moveability, Miraclefeet and Plasma University supported the set up of the clubfoot clinics and the training of Somali Red Crescent Rehabilitation center staff in clubfoot assessment and care using the Ponseti method. The long term plan is to take steps to expand the Ponseti clubfoot treatment in Somali Red Crescent health clinics throughout the country and Plasma University catchment areas.
Steps Charity NPC
Steps Charity NPC is non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa. Steps Clubfoot Care programme provides support to clubfoot clinics in the South African state health sector. Steps partners with the South African Paediatric Orthopaedic Society to provide Ponseti training in the region. Steps introduced the Ponseti method to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and the Seychelles . In addition to providing clubfoot clinic support in South Africa, Steps provides information and resources to regional clubfoot providers. Steps runs two annual campaigns to increase clubfoot awareness and provides daily support to individual clubfoot patients by phone and email. Steps sources and distributes medically endorsed clubfoot braces regionally. Website: www.steps.org.za
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
Tanzania Clubfoot Care Organisation
Walk for Life: the Bangladesh Sustainable Clubfoot Programme
Walk 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.bd/en/
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 advice 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.
Zimbabwe Sustainable Clubfoot Programme
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.