Zimbabwe

Population: 12 million
Estimated number of children born with clubfoot each year: 460

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

Zimbabwean baby with clubfoot

Zimbabwean baby with clubfoot

Zimbabwe has a national programme for clubfoot started in 2011 which will initially operate from two main centres in Harare and Bulowayo.  In April 2011 a group of physiotherapists and surgeons from the UK, Canada and Kenya travelled to Zimbabwe to conduct training courses in the Ponseti management of clubfoot.

ZSCP joined GCI as an associate partner organisation in 2012.  Their coordinator sent us the following message describing their work:

ZSCP logoThe 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 is involved with the following clinics that provide clubfoot treatment: Parirenyatwa hospital in Harare (Clinic: Tuesday 8-12h00)
  • United Bulawayo Hospitals in Bulawayo (Clinic:Wednesday 8-12h00)
  • Mutare Provincial Hospital, Mutare (Clinic: Thursday)
  • Gweru Provincial Hospital, Gweru (Clinic: Thursday)

Two Ponseti Courses were undertaken in 2011, along with an introductory counselling course. Following further training in 2012, the Programme expanded to Mutare and Gweru Provincial Hospitals.

In its first year, over 200 children were enrolled for treatment using the Ponseti method  in clubfoot clinics.

The Co-ordinator of Zimbabwe Sustainable Clubfoot Programme can be contacted by phone:

Mobile: +263 774 819 784

ZSCP report July 2012 (1)