History of GCI

The idea of a global initiative for clubfoot was conceived following an extremely successful collaboration between three NGOs and the spread of a public health approach to clubfoot around the world.

The NGOs – CBM International, CURE Clubfoot Worldwide (CCW) and the Ponseti International Association (PIA) – collaborated on a two-year, ten-country project in 2007-2009.  Their aim was to increase the number of children with clubfoot accessing effective treatment by establishing and strengthening national clubfoot programmes and training of health workers in the Ponseti technique.  This project was very successful in most of the countries with almost 7800 children enrolled for treatment over the two years; this was more than three times the number of children expected!

The two year project period has now finished but countries where national programmes have been established continue to have success.  Recent reports from Rwanda show that almost 100% of the number of children expected to be born with clubfoot in the country are now attending for treatment.

Following the success of this collaborative effort and similar programmes in Uganda, Bangladesh and other countries a group of people involved in international clubfoot work met to discuss how to continue.  It was felt that there was a need to bring together organisations involved with clubfoot all over the world so that progress could be mapped and to avoid replication of work within countries.  There was also a need for good quality teaching materials, evidence based information and expertise to be shared in order to support the work of health providers in low and middle income countries.  Through this discussion and ongoing collaboration of partner organisations the Global Clubfoot Initiative was started at the end of 2009.

To find out more please visit http://globalclubfoot.com/