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Africa Clubfoot Training Project

A project by: Chris Lavy

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WE RAISED £83,097

from 318 donors

This project received pledges on Sun 04 Dec 2016
Transforming the lives of children in Africa through clubfoot training for healthcare workers

Ways to give to our Project

1. You can donate through our unique Oxford Thinking giving page:

https://www.campaign.ox.ac.uk/africa-clubfoot

2. You can post a cheque payable to OUDT (Oxford University Development Trust) to Professor Chris Lavy, NDORMS, University of Oxford, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Windmill Road, Oxford, OX3 7HE. Please include your contact details with your cheque.

For enquiries please contact us at clubfoot@ndorms.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 737649.

Help us to help children to walk

We are raising £100,000 to deliver clubfoot training to healthcare providers in Africa, transforming the lives of thousands of children across the continent.

More than 30,000 children in Africa are born with clubfoot each year. Many thousands of these children get no treatment, as it is simply not available where they live. They end up with severe deformities that make it hard and very painful to walk.

Meet our team

I’m Professor Chris Lavy, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and researcher at Oxford, and I lead the Africa Clubfoot Training (ACT) Project. I am passionate about improving trauma and orthopaedic care for children in Africa. I've worked in the region for over 20 years, building children’s hospitals and developing surgical training and research capacity.

Our project team is based in Oxford, working with children's orthopaedic departments across the UK, and with CURE Clubfoot and Global Clubfoot Initiative partners in Burundi, Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Got a question? Get in touch with our team by email clubfoot@ndorms.ox.ac.uk or by phone +44 (0)1865 737543.

Project team and clubfoot trainers around Africa at a pilot of new course materials

Please join us in transforming the lives of thousands of children!

Our story

We aim to give every child with clubfoot the opportunity to have treatment, as we roll out two courses across Africa, a Basic Clubfoot Treatment Provider training course and a Clubfoot 'Train The Trainer' course.

Children born with clubfoot play football after being treated for the condition.

Children with untreated clubfoot are less likely to go to school or find employment, thus beginning a lifelong cycle of poverty. In addition, they experience a lack of dignity and are often excluded by other children and their own communities. Some are also abused.

Treatment

However, clubfoot is easily treatable in most cases, with careful manipulation, splintage, and very minor surgery that can be performed as an outpatient, to release tight tendons.  This is called the Ponseti technique and is used in most Western countries.

Child being treated during a training session.

Clubfoot Treatment Provider training course

At the University of Oxford, we have worked with our partners across Africa and devised a two-day Basic Clubfoot Treatment Provider training course based on the Ponseti technique, and designed especially for under-resourced situations.

In many African countries there are shortages of healthcare providers, and our course focuses on key essentials to accommodate this reality. We have shown that treatment for clubfoot can be effectively delivered by healthcare providers who have no specialised physiotherapy or orthopaedic training.

Clubfoot 'Train The Trainer' course

To further address the shortage of healthcare providers, we have also designed a Clubfoot ‘Train The Trainer’ course. There are many healthcare providers with the potential to become trainers but lacking specific teaching skills. We have shown the 'Train The Trainer' course to be effective in teaching new instructors the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver the Basic Clubfoot Treatment Provider course.  This means we can help train more healthcare providers to treat more children.

Our challenge to you

We believe every child has the right to walk. Will you help us make this hope a reality for many thousands of children?

What your money can do

Here is what your kind donation can achieve:

£30,000: Trains 10 new local instructors to train 40 clubfoot treatment providers, impacting the lives of 480 children each year.

£50,000: Trains 20 new local instructors to train 80 clubfoot treatment providers, impacting the lives of 960 children each year.

£70,000: As above, plus a mentoring programme for clubfoot treatment providers in 40 clinics.

£90,000: As above, plus more research into improving clubfoot treatment in Africa, especially for older children with untreated clubfoot.

£100,000: As above, plus translation of the training materials into more languages, such as Portuguese and Amharic, to help expand clubfoot treatment even further across Africa.

Our thank you to you

Our aim is to give every child with a clubfoot the opportunity to lead a normal life. Thank you very much for helping us on this journey.

No amount is too small (or too big!) and we have some great rewards to thank you for donating - do check these out!

Let's transform children’s lives together!

Please help us spread the word about our campaign - share it on social media, talk about it to your friends, neighbours, co-workers, or vague acquaintances! Talk about us in the pub, at dinner, at the football, or in the queue for coffee. We need you!

Drop us a line if you’d like us to send you our latest updates for social media.

Find us here

We will give regular updates on the progress of our campaign. Join us to find out how your help is supporting us on:

Twitter: @ndorms #africaclubfoot

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NDORMS/

Website: www.ndorms.ox.ac.uk

Our key partners

Our supporters

Special thanks to

- Our children's orthopaedics team at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, especially Tim Theologis, Rachel Buckingham and Andy Wainwright.

- CBM and the UK Clubfoot Consensus Group for supporting this project.

- CURE International, Bryce Flurie, John Cashman and Linda Hansen for kind permission to reproduce footage and images, and to William Davies Films for video production and media support.

- The UK Department for International Development Health Partnership Scheme and the Tropical Health Education Trust for funding the initial development of the course materials.

1 month, 2 weeks ago

We celebrated World Clubfoot Day on 3 June with ACT project partners around the world. The day also marked the launch of a major call to action by the many clubfoot organizations represented by our partner, Global Clubfoot Initiative: “Run Free 2030: A Global Strategy to End Clubfoot Disability” .

It's been great to see instructors trained through the ACT phase 1 project go on to lead clubfoot training courses in Madagascar, Rwanda and Zambia in recent months:

(Dr Vuhaka teaching in Madagascar and Dr Lastroni teaching in Zambia)

The ACT training course supported by the crowdfunding campaign that was originally scheduled for May 2017 will now take place in September to enable more trainers and clubfoot organizations to participate - we are looking forward to it!

4 months, 3 weeks ago

Hello,

Our ACT project training team visited Kenya in January 2017 to deliver an advanced clubfoot training course for Kenyan health workers from clinics in and around Nairobi. The practitioners learned about treatment for more challenging cases of clubfoot. Many thanks to Denise Watson, Linda Hansen, Ros Owen, Paul Mang'oli and Guy Atherton for leading this.

Our first ACT train the trainers course supported by the OxReach campaign is planned for May 2017, where we will present the completed version of the new package of training materials that have been developed over the past two years. We’ll be joined by several clubfoot organizations working in the region, so that we can work together towards scaling up training in the region using the new resources.

More updates to follow!

Best wishes,

Grace Le, on behalf of the ACT Team

clubfoot@ndorms.ox.ac.uk

Our new online giving page on is:

https://www.campaign.ox.ac.uk/africa-clubfoot

6 months, 1 week ago

Happy New Year!

We are delighted that we raised over £80,000 for the Africa Clubfoot Training Project through our crowdfunding campaign. It was wonderful to receive so much outstanding support and many encouraging messages from all over the world. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us to raise these funds through sharing about this work and generously giving towards helping children with clubfoot – we couldn’t have done this without you.

We’re very much looking forward to working with our project partners to plan our next clubfoot training event in Africa using funds raised through this campaign - and we will continue to post updates on this page.

Thank you once again for all the fantastic support!

Kind regards,

Chris Lavy

On behalf of the ACT Team

7 months, 3 weeks ago

We’ve reached £50,000 in our campaign!

Here’s a video thank you message on Twitter

 

A message from Karen Moss, founder and director of STEPS Southern Africa

"As the mother of a child born with clubfoot almost fourteen years ago, I know that the Ponseti Method can change lives. It is not only the most effective treatment available but it can be successfully set up with low resources. The Ponseti method is my passion, and the more children it can reach, the better. I work in Southern Africa to increase capacity for treatment and I know it is vital to train more people on the continent to reach these children. I have personally experienced the dedication of this team and you have my full support for this project. “


 

Listen to some feedback from our first Francophone Africa Clubfoot Training course a few weeks’ ago (… in French!) on Twitter here



    .... 4 days to go!

8 months ago

We are excited to be over halfway towards our minimum target of £70,000! 

The Oxford Mail ran an article on our clubfoot visitor event at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre last week - full article here .


(The Oxford Mail, 18 Nov 2016, photo by Richard Cave)


Dr. Paul Mang’oli is an orthopaedic surgeon at the AIC-CURE Children's Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. He has both attended and taught on our clubfoot courses in Ethiopia this year. He explains:

In Kenya the incidence of clubfoot is about 1:1000, with about 1400 children born with idiopathic clubfoot every year. Unfortunately, many of these children undergo minimal to no treatment, thus resulting in disability in their later lives. This is largely due to a lack of trained personnel competent in managing clubfoot.

I'm fortunate to be one of the few trained personnel in the proper Ponseti management of clubfoot, courtesy of the Africa Clubfoot Training project.  The training had a great impact in my management of clubfoot as well as making me a resource person to other medical professionals.

With the high incidence affecting Kenya and Africa as a whole, more training needs to be conducted so as to reach out to as many of these children as possible. 

Left untreated, clubfoot leads to a lifetime disability, with the affected people experiencing pain and difficulty in walking. These people also find it difficult to access education, employment and experience exclusion from society.

Therefore, we do appeal to well-wishers to support this noble process of training which will go a long way in reducing disability from clubfoot.”


Thank you once again for your support - please do keep on sharing our message!

8 months ago

Today we've received a moving message from Hilary, one of our supporters:

"I was born with clubfoot affecting both of my feet but the right foot was markedly worse than the left. I was fortunate to be born in a country where treatment is available and action was taken from birth to begin a process to correct my condition so that I would be able to walk normally. I have always been aware that without the treatments I received my life would have been very different. I would have been substantially disabled and possibly unable to walk or barely so.

Because of my treatment I was able to participate normally in school, enjoy sports, though not excel in them, climb mountains, count hiking as one of my hobbies, and enjoy dancing. I also love gardening and have been able to do home decorating, my own housework and stand many hours to cook countless meals. All these normal activities might have been almost impossible without the early treatment I received for my feet.

To give training to doctors to train others in providing the Ponseti treatment for clubfoot is life changing for thousands of children and it is so very sad that there are still places in the world where the expertise to provide this treatment is not yet available.

The Africa Clubfoot Training Project seeks to rectify that situation in Africa and is able to make the world of difference for children born with clubfoot if enough money can be raised to launch it. Please consider making a contribution to help them do it"




8 months, 1 week ago

Hello everyone

 Thank you for your support so far!  Here’s a quick update on our week 1:

We held a cake sale at NDORMS, and raised £270 for the campaign. Around 50 researchers gathered to hear about our clubfoot training work in Africa, over cake and a good chat.

We are now featured on the Oxford University homepage!



On Wednesday 16 November, we are holding a visitor event at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, where our team will be available to demonstrate how clubfoot is treated and talk about our work.


Local organisations and businesses in Headington, Oxford, are showing their support too and have donated lots of great prizes for our upcoming raffle, including Oxford United Football Club who are giving us match-day tickets.  


8 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much to all our supporters who’ve helped us reach over £13,000 in just the first few days of the campaign, including C-Pro Direct, CURE International UK, and Medical Aid International! We’re delighted to be on our way towards helping more children with clubfoot to walk.

We would be very grateful if you could continue to share about the project  https://spsr.me/Eh2E  – the more people who hear about it, the better!

If you are in the area, please also visit us to hear more about our clubfoot training work in Africa – we would love to meet you.

Wednesday 16 November 2016, 10am – 3pm

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Windmill Road, Oxford, OX3 7HE

Our team will be in the main atrium to talk to visitors about the project.

Best wishes,

Chris Lavy

in Bath tomorrow but send very best wishes, candis

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Well done Chris and all the team

Gret! Happy it came through! Thanks for all your work. - Maja

Great!! Happy it came through! Thanks for your work :-) - Maja

Great cause and great result. Fiona

This is an astonishing project and Chris Lavy is an astonishing person. This project deserves to be a success.

What an amazing campaign transforming lives. Well done. Good luck

Fabulous project, increases sustainability through building capacity for countries to meet their own training needs. Hope the final 20K comes in tonight!

Very please that you reached the minimum target but hope more money flows in. The concept is brilliant and hopefully it could be extended to other conditions (modifying the treatment to make it more suitable for applying to a third world country). Brilliant work and I hope it all goes as planned.

a great cause chris

Brilliant news on reaching your target! Wonderful to see the support for this project.

Wonderful news...those last minutes were scary.

Great Cause Best wishes

Really pleased you have reached your first target

Brilliant news that you've reached your minimum target. Lets hope more will follow. Well done

Yeah!! Congratulations on reaching your target. Stella and Co at C-Pro x

Hope you get to your target - best wishes with such a valuable project

I hope you get the funding necessary! Worthy cause =)

My husband and daughter were both born with Clubfoot and we were very grateful to the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford for the treatment they received which has enabled them to lead a normal life. We would like to help this project go ahead in order that children in Africa can receive the benefits of a team who have been trained in this field.

A worthy cause. Best of luck in the last few days.

Hope the target is reached.

A very worthy cause; I hope you reach your target!

As someone born with club foot in the 70's, I know all too well the importance of early treatment. I had mine fixed by an operation as a baby and learnt to walk, run and dance like any other child. It is so sad that children in other parts of the world suffer a horrible disability when there is an easy fix available. The work you guys are doing in Africa is admirable; long may it continue!

Not the easiest way of donating

Happy to support

Hope you get to your target! Our twitter handle is @anatomystuff if you would like to keep in touch.

Well done to everyone

Well done Chris. Excellent work and best wishes to all involved

Thank you for your kind comments, we appreciate the support!

Dear Chris (Lavy) and Tim (Theologis) Thank you for bringing this to our attention, it's a fantastic project, we're delighted to support it and we really hope you can hit your target. Keeping our fingers crossed.

I was born with this, but as I was born in Norway my parents were instructed to stretch my feet three times every day, and now I can walk, run and play football like anyone. I wish this was the case everywhere.

This sounds like a wonderful project hence my donation. I wish it every success. Please let me know what happens. Thank you Amanda

“I can relate with this very well. My mum tells me they discovered as I was growing up that I had a rare condition on the foot. The foot was twisting upside down everytime they tried to make me stand. They took me to the physical therapist who told them my bones -foot and leg- can't really meet all they need is an L-shaped Plaster of Palace on my small leg for three years. Everytime I go to bed they have to use it on me with a bandage to ensure the small " shoe" doesn't fall. They should twist my leg every morning and now and then to make sure the bones are meeting, glueing and growing in the right direction. They did this for three years. When my leg grew bigger a new " shoe" would be made for me. The hospital was far - early 80z! Today I walk, run, jump name it including enjoying high heeled shoes!! Great idea keep it up NDORMS!! We need more awareness on this.” - Star Supini

“This is indeed a great project.Our clinic sent two children and they are amongst the children pictured in the photo. Indeed children who have been treated can live a normal life.” - Bertha Ndhlozi

“This is a great project. I think I was there when this video clip of small children (all who had been treated for clubfoot) was shot in Malawi. Truly a great day. If you can spare any money towards this cause then please pledge it now. It will be carefully used and many lives will be changed forever.” - Stuart Palmer

What a great cause!

What a wonderful project - well done!

Good luck with this fantastic project. I hope you reach your £70,000 target.

Thank you, Suzanne, we appreciate your support! All the best, Chris

I'm a former patient of NOC having received treatment for club feet as was my Dad. Wishing you luck with the fund raising go a this worthwhile project.

This is s very good project which will give the gift of walking to many children

Thank you, Hilary, for your message of support! ‘I was born with clubfoot affecting both of my feet but the right foot was markedly worse than the left. I was fortunate to be born in a country where treatment is available and action was taken from birth to begin a process to correct my condition so that I would be able to walk normally. I have always been aware that without the treatments I received my life would have been very different. I would have been substantially disabled and possibly unable to walk or barely so. Because of my treatment I was able to participate normally in school, enjoy sports, though not excel in them, climb mountains, count hiking as one of my hobbies, and enjoy dancing. I also love gardening and have been able to do home decorating, my own housework and stand many hours to cook countless meals. All these normal activities might have been almost impossible without the early treatment I received for my feet. To give training to doctors to train others in providing the Ponseti treatment for clubfoot is life changing for thousands of children and it is so very sad that there are still places in the world where the expertise to provide this treatment is not yet available. The Africa Clubfoot Training Project seeks to rectify that situation in Africa and is able to make the world of difference for children born with clubfoot if enough money can be raised to launch it. Please consider making a contribution to help them do it.’

Well done - this project will make a big difference to a lot of people across Africa

wonderful project - hope you get to the total

This is an amazing project which really does make a change for good in the future for children born with clubfoot. By eliminating their deformity they can lead a normal life alongside their families and friends.

Hope this project gets quickly underway

Brilliant work! Very excited for your new endeavour.

Great work - such a big difference!

This has been such an inspiring project to be part of - it's been a truly international team ( over 70 people) working together on creating these resources, so that clubfoot training and treatment across Africa is transformed. We just got back from Rwanda, where the visiting team (including Chris Lavy and Tim Theologis from the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre,Oxford) delivered the new materials in French for the first time. We received fantastic support and really helpful feedback from the 16 clubfoot trainers from 7 francophone countries in Africa. Please join us, and help us train more people, so more children with clubfoot can get the treatment they need!

We are so excited about this campaign to raise funds to help train more people to treat more children born with clubfoot. Thanks to our friends and partners across the region, we’ve developed fantastic clubfoot training resources that we can’t wait to roll out to all the places where right now children can’t get the treatment they need. This would totally transform the lives of so many children and their families. Please support us in sharing our message and giving to help reach our goal of £100k!