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World Clubfoot Day 2017

Join CBM in celebrating World Clubfoot Day on 3 June

Globally, about 200,000 babies with clubfoot are born every year. About 80% of these are born in developing countries, which tend to have high incidences of neglected clubfoot (Global Clubfoot Initiative). Clubfoot is a common congenital deformity of the foot caused by atypical development of the leg bones and ligaments while in the womb. A clubfoot usually appears smaller and twisted inward and downward. Although clubfoot is painless for the baby, treatment should begin as soon as possible because clubfoot can result in pain, difficulty walking, and a lifetime of disability if left untreated. People with clubfoot have increased difficulty in accessing education and employment, and often face other forms of social exclusion as a result of mobility limitations and social stigma.

World Clubfoot Day 2017- Developing a Global Solution
3 June was chosen in honor of the birthday of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, the inventor of the Ponseti technique for the correction of clubfoot. The Ponseti technique uses a series of plaster casts to permanently and effectively correct the deformity. This 3 June, the Global Clubfoot Initiative launches “Ending Clubfoot Disability: A Global Strategy”. The Strategy aims to ensure that by the year 2030, targeted low- and middle-income countries will have an effective, sustainable, and high quality national programme for the treatment of clubfoot. The Global Strategy plans to treat approximately 1.2 million of these children before the year 2030. This work will contribute to achieving the UN’s 3rd Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring good health and promoting well-being for all.
 
CBM’s Support of Children with Clubfeet
As a governing partner organisation of the Global Clubfoot Initiative, CBM has for many years been working to achieve the vision of a world free of clubfoot disability by supporting healthcare professionals to provide cost-effective and minimally invasive interventions. CBM Ireland, with funding from the Irish Government through Irish Aid, is currently supporting a programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo to treat children with clubfoot using the Ponseti technique to ensure that families can access treatment that can transform their children’s lives.
 
The Steenbeek Foot Abduction Brace
Michiel Steenbeek, a CBM physiotherapist and technical advisor, has developed the Steenbeek Foot Abduction Brace as a low-cost and effective solution for treating clubfoot with the Ponseti technique. The brace can be easily constructed from local materials by locally trained shoemakers. Its adaptability and low cost (less than $10 to produce) makes it a practical option for treating clubfoot in the poorest communities around the world. This makes it a popular choice for hospitals and health NGOs in low-income countries.
CBM will continue the fight to prevent life-long disability by treating children with clubfoot in countries where no other such service is available for them.


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