Category Archives: Clubfoot
Next stop was Antsirabe, 3 hours drive south of Antananarivo at CRMM (Centre du Reeducation Mortrice de Madagascar) – a dedicated orthopaedic disability hospital. Here we are running a ponseti training course for 26 practitioners, and operating on neglected clubfoot surgical cases.
CRMM here, and CAM in Antananarivo are “pilot centres” for the Madagascar Clubfoot Project. With the support of CBM, we will make further visits over the next 12 months and then we’ll select a local faculty of clubfoot trainers who will be able to instruct clubfoot practitioners throughout Madagascar.
The vision is to create a national network of clubfoot treatment centres – ensuring that every child born with clubfoot in Madagascar will have access to treatment and that the disability of clubfoot will be prevented. CBM desperately needs ongoing funding in able to achieve this goal.
I’m Steve Mannion, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with CBM.
Madagascar, a country of 24 million people is estimated to have over 15,000 children and adults suffering the disability of neglected clubfoot, with nearly 1000 babies being born with the clubfoot each year. Currently there is no coordinated national project for clubfoot treatment, there are very few trained practitioners trained in the Ponseti method (the most effective method of treatment in babies), and only one surgeon in the entire country with the skills to operate on neglected cases.
I have been invited to conduct training courses and demonstrate neglected clubfoot surgery at two centres in Madagascar, as CBM is determined to eliminate clubfoot disability in Madagascar.
On this trip we conducted a Ponseti training course at CAM, the Centre d’Appairallage de Madagascar, the major rehabilitation clinic in the nation’s capital Antananarivo.
25 practitioners attended the course, a combination of surgeons, rehabilitation doctors, physiotherapists and orthotic (brace) technicians. I had faculty assistance from Michiel Steenbeeck, a CBM advisor and expert in brace production and Dr Leonard Banza, a CBM orthopaedic surgeon working in Malawi.
As part of the course, 20 babies with clubfoot were assessed and casted. Their continued treatment will be undertaken at CAM, funded by CBM.
15 cases of neglected clubfoot were also assessed with 5 cases (9 feet) being selected for operations which were undertaken later.
In theatre I was able to instruct a Malagasy paediatric surgeon, Dr Raherison, in the techniques of neglected clubfoot surgery and he undertook the later cases under my supervision.
We’ve been busy in Antananarivo, but it’s been so worthwhile. Next, we’ll be heading to Antsirabe…