Population: 90.5 million
Number of babies born with clubfoot each year: 1855

(Incidence estimated using CIA factbook statistics and clubfoot incidence of 1.2/1000 live births)

Vietnam National Clubfoot Programme (VNCP) has been established since 2007, providing treatment for clubfoot using the Ponseti technique.  The programme is supported by the Vietnam Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour – Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA).  From overseas the work of VNCP is supported by Prosthetics Outreach Foundation for funding, staff, infrastructure, consumables, curriculum development, monitoring and evaluation and community sensitization and by the Ponseti International Association for clinical training.

Baby in Ponseti casts, Vietnam

VNCP programme outcomes

Number of Ponseti clinics in the country Number of Ponseti practitioners trained Number of babies enrolled
2007 7
2008 11
2009 6 25 27
2010 9 5 69
2011 9 25 106

Clubfoot clinics are located in the following locations

  • Son La, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Hai Phong, Lang Son, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Hanoi (National Pediatric Hospital), Khanh Hoa, Hue,
    • As of 2012, the following clinic locations have been added: HCMC area clinics, Danang

More about Prosthetics Outreach Foundation

The goal of Prosthetics Outreach Foundation is to work in partnership with local governments and NGOs in developing countries to help identify children with clubfoot soon after birth, refer them to qualified treatment centers, and ensure compliance with the bracing protocol to ensure lifelong mobility. In an effort to sustain the services to the greatest extent possible, Prosthetics Outreach Foundations trains local health care providers in both community outreach and treatment.

Vietnam Clubfoot Programme website:

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation website:

All pictures on this page courtesy of Prosthetics Outreach Foundation.