2019 World Clubfoot day in Tanzania

Ponseti International Association (PIA) has designated June 3rd as World Clubfoot Day. The date was chosen to commemorate the birthdate of Dr Ignacio Ponseti, (1914-2009) the founder of the Ponseti Method to treat clubfoot.

The goal of World Clubfoot Day is to raise awareness about clubfoot disability and its prevention using the Ponseti Method, a non-surgical treatment that includes specific manipulation of the feet followed by the application of plaster casts and finally bracing.

In Tanzania children who are born with clubfeet are estimated to be 2000 to 2500 per year.

Tanzania clubfoot care organization (TCCO) in partnership with Miracle feet prepared a National event in commemorating the world clubfoot day in Dodoma the capital city of Tanzania on June 3rd 2019. This event took place at Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital. The guest of honour was Dr Charles Kihirogwe a Medical Officer Incharge Dodoma Region.

Other participants in this event include CCBRT Dar es salaam representatives, TCCO Zonal coordinators from all zones, representatives from the clinics in all zones, the staff at Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital.

All participants gathered at the Hospital grounds, followed by marching from the Hospital to Nyerere square and back to the hospital grounds where different activities took place. The activities are Speech from the TCCO Chairman Dr Mhina, Speech from CCBRT Dar es salaam representative, Speech from the guest of honour and later on the official opening of 35th clubfoot clinic at Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital. Later we had testimony from the parents whose children were getting treatment at Mlali Rehabilitation centre a clinic supported by TCCO/ Miraclefeet.

The main theme of this year’s event was; Tanzania free of clubfeet disability is possible.

Tanzania Clubfoot Care Organization would like to thank the guest of honour for his willingness to participate in this event and for his speech that reflected the reality being faced by TCCO and its stakeholders in service provision. Also, TCCO would like to appreciate the active participation of all stakeholders Representatives from the Ministry of Health Community development, Gender Elderly and Children, (Dodoma Regional Referral Hospital Medical Officer Incharge, Physiotherapy department our hosts, CCBRT team, TCCO Zonal coordinators, TCCO clinics representatives, Police Dodoma, who made the event possible.

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