Preventing lifelong impairment: Access to clubfoot treatment in low- and middle-income countries
Clinton Health Access Initiative
July 19, 2021
To increase access to clubfoot services in LMICs, further investment is needed to achieve the vision of a world where thousands of children each year can receive treatment for an impairment and therefore avoid a life-long impairment. The following actions are recommended:
- Policy: Advocate to global and national actors - ministries of health and donors - for the integration and mainstreaming of clubfoot treatment as an essential neonatal and child health service.
- Provision: Develop global guidance and standards on the delivery of clubfoot services and products.
- Personnel: Integrate clubfoot treatment into government-led MNCH policies, plans and training curricula for health workers at the country level.
- Products: Ensure an adequate supply of all treatment materials – plaster, padding and tenotomy supplies and affordable, quality Foot Abduction Braces in LMICs.
- People: Test, validate, adopt, and scale new solutions and technologies that promote patient-centred care to improve adherence in low resources settings.