MANAGEMENT OF CLUB FOOT
# Manual Book -2013 Updated: June,14
Memorandum of Understanding
The Ministry of Health, Bangladesh and Glencoe Foundation (registered Bangladesh NGO 2605)
A strong working relationship between the Ministry of Health Bangladesh and Glencoe Foundation is an opportunity to greatly improve the life of children in Bangladesh suffering from club foot deformity. A common goal of both organizations is to eliminate clubfoot as a life long disability.
The co operative efforts of the two parties will provide high quality standards of club foot treatment in. Bangladesh in a manner which enables them to be successfully implemented and sustained over time.
Therefore the Ministry of Health and Glencoe Foundation have agreed to fully co- operate to ensure the success of the Walk for Life program.
The goal of the joint efforts will be to:
MANAGEMENT OF CLUB FOOT DEFORMITY
WALK FOR LIFE
· Since 2009, Walk for Life has treated 12,000 feet! We began as a pilot project in Jessore and grew into 43 clinics around the country with the help of our partners and donors.
· Sohel is one of many children whose feet have been corrected at the WFL clinics. He is from a very poor family and without the free of cost treatment he received from WFL,Sohel would not be standing on corrected feet.
· It is with great pleasure that we are leading a sustainable clubfoot program in Bangladesh. We thank the Ministry of Health for their continue support in our work.
YEAR ROUND ACTION PLAN
Walk for Life was established in 2009 to correct clubfoot deformity using the Ponseti method.
Walk for Life is successfully embedding clubfoot care into the health system of the country under a 5 year MOU with the government.
This MOU ends in 2016, at which time the program will be handed over to the Ministry of Health.
WFL, with its partners, has established a network of clinics around the country. Currently there are 43 clinics: by August 2013 the network will be complete with 51 clinics. This includes the clinics in Chittagong Division under Zero Clubfoot.
Walk for Life is a well integrated total Ponseti care program. Very importantly it combines training with service delivery in government hospitals. Many organizations around the world provide workshops and training: however it is the service delivery that sets Walk for Life and its partners apart.
This project has:
· Multi disciplinary training at many levels of teaching institutions (commencing 2013)
· Works closely with this countries leading orthopedic surgeons
· Detailed printed and visual training aids
· Discussion, teaching and evaluation from practitioners around the world
· Countrywide awareness that this condition can be corrected.
· Research into outcomes
· Skilled Ponseti practitioners in all clinics.
· Brace manufacturing
· Parent support groups
· Long term monitoring
· Comprehensive data base
· Service delivery.
As at 1st of June 2013 over 8 500 children have enrolled in the program. That’s nearly 13 000 feet. See last page of newsletter for location of clinics.
We acknowledge the invaluable help and support from the honorable Minister of Health and Family Welfare Prof A F M Ruhal Haque.
SECTION ONE: Vision and Mission
Ponseti training is embedded into the health system of the country. The deformity is recognized at birth and all these children have access to the best treatment and follow up whatever the parent's financial situation.
Provide training to all levels of health workers so that the condition is recognized at birth and so make quick referral to the network of clinics throughout the country.
Deliver multi disciple teaching and training in the Ponseti method.
Manufacture and supply a world class foot abduction brace.
Provide on going care to monitor results through parent support groups and trained practitioners.
Follow up visits
MANAGEMENT OF CLUB FOOT DEFORMITY