CURE International Commemorates World Clubfoot Day with a Renewed Vision to Eliminate Clubfoot as a Lifelong Disability
June 3, 2016 – [Lemoyne, PA] – CURE International, a Christian health care network that operates charitable hospitals and programs worldwide, announced today its renewed vision to eliminate clubfoot as a lifelong disability.
“It’s not a matter of if we can do this, it’s only a matter of when. This year, CURE will enroll more than 15,000 children who have been diagnosed with clubfoot in its 300+ partner clinics around the world, and in the next 12 months we will celebrate our 100,000th child enrolled since we began in 2006,” stated CURE Clubfoot Operations Director, Scott Reichenbach.
It is estimated that there are 200,000 children born with clubfoot worldwide each year, many of whom don’t have access to the standard, cost-effective Ponseti method of casting and bracing. CURE is joining with governments and other member organizations of the Global Clubfoot Initiative to educate communities and train practitioners on the identification and treatment of clubfoot as well as raising awareness and availability of this treatment globally.
The CURE Clubfoot program, currently operating clinics in 18 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, has had tremendous success and remains a leader in developing programs to establish early access to holistic care for children born with clubfoot.
Utilizing the Ponseti Method, CURE has developed a strategic, sustainable program model that utilizes national and international partnerships to meet the various geopolitical, medical, and cultural distinctions in each country where we work to ensure children walk free from the disability caused by clubfoot.
ABOUT CURE INTERNATIONAL
CURE International is a Christian health care network that operates charitable hospitals and pediatric surgical programs in 29 countries worldwide where patients experience the life-changing message of God’s love for them, receiving surgical treatment regardless of gender, religion, or ethnicity. Since 1998, CURE has had over 2.9 million patient visits, provided over 218,000 life-changing surgeries, and trained over 8,100 medical professionals. For more information, visit https://cure.org/clubfoot
ABOUT CLUBFOOT DAY
World Clubfoot Day is recognized annually on June 3. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, (1914-2009) the developer of the Ponseti Method of clubfoot treatment. The goal of World Clubfoot Day is to raise awareness about clubfoot disability and its low-cost treatment using the Ponseti method, a minimally invasive technique that includes gentle manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts, a tenotomy, and temporary bracing.