Ecuador “Transforming Lives” Global Grant approved

September 1, 2022

Global Grant “Transforming Lives” (GG2239604) has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. It proposes the completion of a comprehensive training program for 11 Pediatric Orthopedists/ Orthopedic Surgeons (“trainees”) in Ecuador. The 11 trainees have already completed a first phase of training and have begun to establish 10 clinics in 8 cities distributed across Ecuador. During this project, three International Trainers will visit the trainees’ clinics (8 of which are in public hospitals) to evaluate the trainees in relation to the technique of the Ponseti Method (“PM”) and the organizational functioning of their clinics. The project will also distribute 500 braces to the clinics and promote the use of the PM within the Ecuadorian health care system by sponsoring the dissemination of information and guidance on the PM within the Ecuadorian scientific community. Annually, there are an estimated 350 new children born with clubfoot in Ecuador. Over the course of the trainees’ careers, it is expected that thousands of children will benefit from this project. The Rotary Club of Saint Helena (California) in District 5130 is the International Sponsor and the Rotary Club of Tsáchila de Santo Domingo (Ecuador) in District 4400 will host the project.


GG#2096598 – Ponseti Method Training in Argentina

July 20, 2022

The Ponseti Method training in Argentina (GG#2096598) was a collaboration of the the RC of Grand Bourg (D4905, Argentina), the RC of Iowa City AM (D6000, Iowa, USA), Ponseti International Association (PIA) and The Rotary Foundation. The total cost of the project was $49,749.

The main goals of the project were to train orthopedists from seven public hospitals in Argentina, located in the city of Buenos Aires (CABA), the province of Buenos Aires, and the province of Santa Fe, and to furnish, supply and set up a state-of-the-art Ponseti Clinic in each of the hospitals. The training started on March 20th, 2022, with the five-day visit of a Vocational Training Team (VTT), headed by Dr. Jose Morcuende. In Nov. 2022 Dr Morcuende will return to Argentina for five days to consult with providers who were previously trained and evaluate the Ponseti Clinics. The project will directly benefit a population of approximately 4,000 people. The Final Financial Report was approved by the RI Office in Buenos Aires on May 21st, 2022. It was then submitted to TRF as part of the project’s final report.

Submitted by Nenu Piragine (RC of Iowa City A.M.)


Proposed Global Grant “Transforming Lives” in Ecuador submitted for approval

July 19, 2022

Global Grant “Transforming Lives” (GG2239604), submitted this week to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for approval, proposes the completion of a comprehensive training program for 11 Pediatric Orthopedists/ Orthopedic Surgeons (“trainees”) in Ecuador. The 11 trainees have already completed a first phase of training and have begun to establish 10 clinics in 8 cities distributed across Ecuador. During this project, three International Trainers will visit the trainees’ clinics (8 of which are in public hospitals) to evaluate the trainees in relation to the technique of the Ponseti Method (“PM”) and the organizational functioning of their clinics. The project will also distribute 500 braces to the clinics and promote the use of the PM within the Ecuadorian health care system by sponsoring the dissemination of information and guidance on the PM within the Ecuadorian scientific community. Annually, there are an estimated 350 new children born with clubfoot in Ecuador. Over the course of the trainees’ careers, it is expected that thousands of children will benefit from this project. The Rotary Club of Saint Helena (California) in District 5130 is the International Sponsor and the Rotary Club of Tsáchila de Santo Domingo (Ecuador) in District 4400 will host the project.


Colombia D4281 Ponseti Method update video

June 26, 2022


Rotary International Convention 2022 – Houston, Texas

June 26, 2022

Fellowship, networking, sharing of stories and interests! All around a great time in the House of Friendship! Many Iowa Rotarians helped staff the booth to greet global visitors to share the great efforts being made by Rotarians to assist in writing Ponseti Method training grants.


2021 – 2022 Ponseti Method Training Activities funded by Rotarians and The Rotary Foundation

May 10, 2022


Ponseti Method Train-the-Trainers in Colombia

May 8, 2022

Dr. Jose Morcuende of Ponseti International Association (USA) recently traveled to Bogotá, Colombia to facilitate a Ponseti Method Train-the-Trainers of 10 pediatric orthopaedic surgeons.

He visited Ponseti Clinics at Clínica Infantil Santa María Del Lago, Hospital Infantil Universitario de San José, Fundación Cardioinfantil and Instituto Roosevelt.

Participants were:
Astrid Medina Cañón, Fundación Cardioinfantil, Bogotá
Clara Trujillo, Clínica Noel, Medellín
Diego Ortiz, Instituto Roosevelt, Bogotá
Jessica Suárez, Club Noel, Cali
Luis Becerra, Clínica Medical Duarte, Cúcuta
Luis Céspedes, Fundación Foscal, Floridablanca
Marco Mahecha, Hospital Infantil de San José, Bogotá
Martha Valencia, Hospital Infantil de San José, Instituto Roosevelt, Bogotá
Pilar Quesada, Hospital Federico Lleras Acosta, Ibagué
Sonia Quevedo, Clínica Infantil Santa María del Lago, Bogotá

Details provided by Sonia Quevedo.


Argentina initiates Ponseti Method training activities

April 6, 2022

In late March 2022, a VTT training program for doctors from seven hospitals in the City of Buenos Aires and the Provinces of Bueunos Aires and Santa Fe, where 70% of the child population with clubfoot reside.

They are the following:
1. Claudio Zin Pediatric Hospital, city of Malvinas Argentinas, province of Buenos Aires (training center)
2. Children’s Hospital “Sor Juana Ludovica” – La Plata, capital of the province of Buenos Aires
3. Children’s Hospital Dr. Pedro de Elizalde (formerly Casa Cuna), city of Buenos Aires
4. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan Pediatric Hospital, city of Buenos Aires
5. Victor J Vilela Children’s Hospital, city of Rosario, province of Santa Fe
6. Pediatric Hospital Federico Falcón, city of Buenos Aires
7. Prof. Alejandro Posadas National Hospital, city of Buenos Aires

At the end of a comprehensive training, followed by adequate guidance and clinical experience, they will be fully qualified to correct the deformity of clubfoot using the Ponseti Method (PM). Next, they will establish “Ponseti Clinics”, in their hospitals. The offices will be remodeled in order to provide them with an image that identifies them with Ponseti International Association (PIA) and Rotary International.

We will offer a space attuned to the interests of the children who will be cared for there, knowing that emotional balance plays an important role in the patient’s recovery.

Recently trained professionals will be prepared to raise awareness of this deformity and its treatment.

Likewise, the parents of the children in treatment will be involved.

This project will be carried out in collaboration with PIA.
The training with the VTT will be carried out over one week. Once completed, Dr. Miguel Paz of Argentina will make periodic visits to the new Ponseti Clinics in each of the hospitals. In October, the Leader of the VTT, Dr. José Morcuende, will return to supervise the hospitals and observe and report on progress in the application of the Ponseti Method in the aforementioned Clinics. The project will provide the material necessary – casts and braces – to care for patients using the PM. Each medical professional will also be given reference material identifying Rotary International and PIA in the form of a follow-up workbook.

The total for this project is USD$49,000 and was financed by:
RC of Grand Bourg
RC Iowa City AM
Rotary International D4905-Argentina
Rotary International D6000 – USA
The Rotary Foundation

Theoretical training and practice will be carried out in the Claudio Zin Pediatric Hospital in Malvinas and in the Dr. Juan P. Garrahan Pediatric Hospital, city of Buenos Aires. Donations were delivered which consisted for the installation of Ponseti Clinics: desks, multifunction furniture, chairs, stools, stretchers with covers, vinyl, manuals, family Guides, triptych posters, braces, plaster and gauze. The delivery of materials is nearly complete.

Visits to the hospitals will continue in order to carry out planned follow-up.

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