Neglected Club Foot Work, Mutengene Baptist Hospital, Cameroon
Dr Ndasi is head of the Cameroon Clubfoot Care Project which began in 2013, with an initial Ponseti method training course given by Steve Mannion after which 4 pilot treatment centres were established. There are now 20 clinics covering approximately 40% of the country, with a plan to expand to cover the entire country over the next 3 years.
The Ponseti method has proved extremely successful in treating patients in Cameroon presenting at under 2 years of age. Challenges have included lack of compliance due to travelling distance, brace provision and older children for whom Ponseti treatment alone has been successful only in a proportion of cases. In future it is hoped to develop referral centres, such as Dr Ndasi in Mutengene, for the treatment of older children with clubfoot.
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