The Walk for Life model
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Glencoe Foundation are striving for optimum results from available resources. In rural areas of Bangladesh these resources are often limited.
In government hospitals this is the Walk for Life model:
A clinic is established in the out patients department. The clinic is supervised and overseen by a government orthopedic surgeon. In the few cases where the post is open a senior surgeon is responsible.
A trained Ponseti practitioner undertakes the casting and manipulation. All clinics have a trained assistant. The orthopedic surgeon at all times is available to oversee the procedure. The orthopedic surgeon undertakes the tenotomy.
The Ponseti practitioner and assistant are employed by Walk for Life.
Increasingly Hospital Administrators are assigning nurses and medical assistants to work in our clinics.
Team work is at the forefront of our clinics:
each member of the team contributes to the level of their experience.
Children with clubfeet are referred to the clinic by doctors and government community health clinics. A network of local NGO’s referring patients.
Parents of children whose feet have been corrected are our best ambassadors.
Walk for Life maintains a large data base of all children treated. Patients come back at regular intervals for brace checking and evaluation of treatment.
The Government orthopedic surgeon holds regular training for doctors and health professionals.
Awareness that clubfoot deformity is correctable is continually emphasized within the community.
The Walk for Life model is efficient, uses available resources productively, and is in the long term sustainable.
Walk For Life, as the government National Clubfoot Program is supported by government health leaders.