Need to know where you can find Ponseti treatment for clubfoot in India? Take a look at this map from one of our partner organisations, CURE Clubfoot Worldwide, showing where their clinics are located.
Read more about the work in India on our page, here: http://globalclubfoot.org/countries/india/
Global Clubfoot Initiative had an exciting opportunity to attend a conference on Global Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on January 13, 2012. Also attending the conference were more than 100 medics and surgeons and 30 other organisations with an interest in global surgery. The day was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the need for surgical interventions in under resourced settings and as well as having a stand and chatting to lots of people we presented on the work of GCI. To me, the most interesting talks were those on the relative cost effectiveness of surgery in preventing and treating disease and deformity and how surgical interventions compare favourably with other public health interventions. For more on this read the Lancet’s editorial on the conference, here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2812%2960083-X/fulltext?elsca1=ETOC-LANCET&elsca2=email&elsca3=segment.
Although the Ponseti technique is not primarily a surgical intervention it was developed by a surgeon, Dr Ponseti and has been taught and promoted by orthopaedic surgeons all over the world. In the majority of countries treating clubfoot falls under the remit of orthopaedic doctors and so it is very important to raise awareness amongst this group. It is also important to have surgeons involved in clubfoot programmes so that they can provide expert opinion and advice, tenotomies, and treatment for neglected cases or those who need additional surgery such as tibialis anterior tendon transfers. Perhaps most importantly, a little time spent teaching the Ponseti technique will, in the end, save surgeons a huge amount of time operating on cases that could otherwise have been corrected and is also far more likely to result in a good outcome for the patient.
To read more on clubfoot programmes as a public health intervention, check out our resources page where you can find articles on a 10-country clubfoot programme, best practice for national programmes and the World Health Organisation’s perspective on clubfoot: http://globalclubfoot.org/resources/.
The Australian high commissioner visited Walk for Life Bangladesh, one of our governing partner organisations, on January 18 2012. The high commissioner, Dr Justin Lee, who has supported the programme in the past met babies undergoing Ponseti treatment and their parents and was presented with flowers by children whose feet have been corrected in Walk for Life clinics.
Read the full story on Walk for Life Bangladesh’s website here: http://www.walkforlife.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=155&Itemid=14.
Several national newspapers covered the events. You can read two of their reports on the links below: