High school outreach: What is clubfoot?
Last week the outreach team at our partner clinic in Liberia, FACORC, had their staff (“FOOT SOLDIERS,” as we call them) visit high schools in and around Monrovia to do advocacy about clubfoot. These dedicated staff members from the Liberia Clubfoot Program are trained in disseminating health messages to people in public places. They are called FOOT SOLDIERS specifically because they walk many hours and miles on their feet to ensure that clubfoot is minimized or eradicated across Liberia. Reaching high school children ensures that more people will know that clubfoot CAN in fact be treated.
The outreach team also made their way to the village of Totota in Bong County, about four hours from Monrovia, where they talked to parents about clubfoot.
One child with untreated bilateral clubfoot was found in the village (see below). The child also has spinal bifida and, when the baby was born, many people told the mom that the baby had been cursed with black magic and should be abandoned. She did not agree. Below, the FACORC team is counseling mom on how Ponseti treatment can improve the child’s well-being.
Counseling: talking to families in Totota.
Untreated clubfoot: counseling mom about options.