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CURE Clubfoot Delhi programme changed 800 lives
Nonsurgical casting procedure Ponseti Method used
NEW DELHI: After curing 800 children suffering from clubfoot in the Capital since the beginning of the programme, CURE Clubfoot India (Delhi programme) celebrated its first anniversary on Wednesday with a special event organised jointly by the Delhi Health and Family Welfare Department and a non-government organisation, CURE International India Trust, at the Delhi Secretariat.
The CURE Clubfoot Delhi programme was inaugurated last year and has already managed to change the lives of 800 clubfoot children at the six participating government hospitals in the city using a nonsurgical casting procedure called the Ponseti Method.
A large group of children who have been cured of clubfoot through the programme and their parents were guests of honour at the special event. The medical directors of the six participating hospitals -- Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, Balmeeki Maharishi, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Kalavati Children's Hospital and St. Stephen's Hospital -- also represented their clinics.
“We are delighted that the Delhi Clubfoot Programme is one of the fastest growing programmes in the world. In just the first year, Delhi already accounts for about 10 per cent of the children which CURE Clubfoot Worldwide treats in 17 countries. We consider the Delhi model of public/private cooperation as ideal, and we are sharing it with other countries as we expand,'' said Andrew Mayo, international executive director of CURE Clubfoot Worldwide.
“The goal of the programme is to eliminate clubfoot as a lifelong disability for children in India through its programmes in Karnataka and Delhi. We also plan to continue to launch State-wide programmes in other parts of the country,'' he added.
Clubfoot is one of the world's most common disabilities in newborn infants where the children are born with feet twisted inward and around. If left untreated, a child with clubfoot will eventually have to limp on the sides and tops of the feet. It is estimated that more than 35,000 children are born with this condition every year in India. Though this condition can usually be treated quite easily, getting treatment for clubfoot is often difficult, if not impossible, for families in developing countries.
As part of the celebration, the State Health Department has also signed an MoU with CURE International India Trust to strengthen the programme and work towards eliminating disabilities resulting from clubfoot.
Delhi Health Minister Prof. Kiran Walia said: “We will provide comprehensive affordable health care to clubfoot patients including orthopaedic services to them. The collaborative efforts will facilitate quality assured successful implementation of clubfoot treatment in the Capital in a manner that will ensure sustainability over time by ownership and capacity building of the staff in the public hospitals identified for the purpose.''