March 29, 2017
Rotarians in the La Paz Rotary Club and the Iowa City A.M. Rotary Club, along with several Bolivia PIA representatives are in discussions with Ponseti International Association to plan and draft a Ponseti Method training grant.
To reach the ultimate goal of training enough local doctors in the Ponseti Method so that every baby born with clubfoot in Bolivia can receive the most economical and effective treatment available, this project proposes to:
a) provide leadership training to In-country Trainers for the didactic aspects of teaching the Ponseti Method and on how to establish an effective nationwide network of clinics that will be recognized by health authorities as providers of the standard-of-care treatment for clubfoot (Ponseti Leadership Training Program);
b) provide advanced training to 6 orthopaedic surgeons on the more complex aspects of clubfoot and the Ponseti Method (Advanced Ponseti Method Program);
c) provide Ponseti Method mentorship to 15 new providers to enable them to treat clubfoot deformity at their respective healthcare facilities (New Provider Training Program); and
d) provide guidance to the In-country Trainers and trainees about promoting clubfoot awareness and advocating for the Ponseti Method at the local and national levels.