04 October 2021
16:30 UK / 11:30 EST
Webinar Summary: Clubfoot - Time to Act!
We have all the right people to work together from experts, NGO's and research teams, let’s all work together, put our heads together and reach out to the missing links... we need to make sure that our mission and message gets to every individual, every child who is right now living with limited access to treatment or just to make their lives a little better.
About the Webinar
A new report by the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) for AT2030 was published in July this year. The report aims to drive improvements for millions of children and adults with clubfoot to reach their full potential and has collated a variety of recommendations to ensure that progress is made.
Clubfoot affects an estimated 200,000 children a year, 144,000 of whom cannot access its treatment. Although it affects more children than most other structural birth defects, and even though virtually all children can achieve lifelong mobility without surgery through the use of assistive technology (AT), many governments and bilateral donors still do not view clubfoot intervention as a priority newborn health issue.
This webinar was attended by over 100 members of audience with stimulating conversation from the panel around the next steps in driving the AT2030 report findings forward. The panel included key stakeholders from across WHO, USAID, FCDO, MiracleFeet and Global Clubfoot Initiative who discussed how disabled people with clubfoot can realise their human rights through the breaking down of silos, stigma and the removal of barriers that prevent people from accessing appropriate, affordable AT alongside the skilled personnel necessary.
We can do hard things, we can do this, lets meet in 6 months time and see what progress is made!
Professor Chris Lavy
Ayesha De Costa