At Global Clubfoot Initiative we are very pleased to welcome our newest associate partner organisation. Read on to learn about BootBank in a message from their co-founder, Geoff, who is also dad to a little boy born with clubfoot and treated using the Ponseti method.
‘It may be that your child is mid-way through treatment and has simply outgrown the existing boots & bar. Your child could have completed his or her treatment and no longer need them. Any old or used equipment will help give another child in the developing world a chance of a better life!
It doesn’t matter the condition, make/manufacturer, age, size. Send them to us. Don’t worry about original packaging; just get them to us so we can help you help other children that desperately need them.
We will collate, repair and sort all donated boots & bars and ensure they can be re-used by other children who may not otherwise have access to this vital equipment.
We work closely with Partner Organisations to ensure that all the boots & bars we collect are sent directly to clinics in low income countries that have an immediate need for these items. You really can help make a difference to a child’s life – today.
Go to Bootbank’s website here: http://www.boot-bank.com/.’
For a full list of Global Clubfoot Initiative partner organisations, go to our partner organisations page.
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A training course on Ponseti management of clubfoot will be held in Port Vila, Vanuatu on the 10-11 July 2012. The course will be led by Helen Burgan, physiotherapist from Australia and Dr John Batten from Tasmania, under the banner of The Royal Australian College of Surgeons and its PIP (Pacific Islands Project).
Read more about the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and its PIP (Pacific Islands Project) here.
If you would like to attend the course, or need more details please get in touch using the contact form and we will forward your details on to the organisers.
SIGN is the latest organisation to join Global Clubfoot Initiative as an associate partner organisation. Dr Lewis Zirkle, founder of SIGN, describes their work and how it relates to what GCI does:
‘SIGN supplies implants and education directed primarily toward fractures. Due to our efforts the time a patient lives in traction has been greatly reduced. Fractures must be treated on a timely basis. I was in Haiti and came to the lecture room to find residents using Ponseti method to cast clubfeet. They reminded me that deformities too must be treated on a timely basis. We have seen the great work done by Ponseti advocates and the surgeons they have taught. That is great synergy between SIGN and global clubfoot organization. Creating equality of fracture care is our vision as yours is creating equality of clubfoot care.’
Find out more about SIGN on their website, here: http://signfracturecare.org/home.htm.
SIGN will hold a Ponseti training course as part of their annual meeting in September 2012, find out more here:http://globalclubfoot.org/news-current-events/ponseti-for-clubfoot-course-at-sign-meeting/.
We look forward to working with SIGN!
For a full list of Global Clubfoot Initiative’s partner organisations, please go to our partner organisations page.