Africa Clubfoot Training (ACT)
Around 200,000 children born each year are affected by clubfoot, with 80% of these in low and middle income countries. Without treatment, the condition becomes ‘neglected clubfoot’, a painful and severely disabling deformity. However, in up to 95% of cases, clubfoot can be treated successfully using the Ponseti method of treatment, especially if this is initiated early.
A two-year project (2015-7) funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) is strengthening training and delivery capacity for clubfoot treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. The Africa Clubfoot Training (ACT) Project is supporting existing clubfoot treatment programmes through training a new cadre of national clubfoot trainers in 15 countries.
The ACT Project is a partnership between the NDORMS at the University of Oxford, CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital, CURE Clubfoot, Global Clubfoot Initiative (GCI), CURE International UK and local ministries of health.
Contact: Professor Chris Lavy