Miss Burundi 2016, Ange Bernice Ingabire, commits to use her voice to advocate for babies born with clubfoot
Miss Burundi 2016, Ange Bernice Ingabire, visited children with congenital clubfoot following their treatment in CNAR, (Centre National d’Appareillage et de Reeducation) Gitega. CNAR, the Center of the Country, is home to one of the six clinics that partner with the Burundi Clubfoot Program.
Among her projects, Miss Burundi 2016 advocates for babies born with different deformities, including clubfoot. In her speech, she voiced her appreciation for the work CURE is doing in partnership with Reseau des Centres des Personnes Handicapées (RCPHB) in treating clubfoot free of charge. Transportation is one of the many challenges parents face when their children need treatment. It’s needed so that parents and their children can attend all appointments as planned. Miss Burundi 2016 committed to use her voice whenever possible to advocate for the transportation, so that recurrence can be prevented.
1,227 babies have been treated by the six clinics of the Burundi Clubfoot Program since October 2011. The six clinics operating as clubfoot treatment providers are Institut Saint Kizito, CNAR Gitega, CHP Muyinga, CHP Makamba, Mivo Hospital, and REMA Hospital. It is important to continue to raise awareness in order to continue serving the program’s beneficiaries.
In his speech at the event, Gilbert Bizimungu, representing RCPHB, acknowledged the visit of Miss Burundi 2016 as an activity that embraces the objectives of RCPHB, which includes advocating on behalf of those babies born with different deformities, especially those with clubfoot. According to him, the program plans to expand its clinics and is advocating that the government puts services and providers within different hospitals so that expansion can be more easily achieved.