To improve the fight against club foot, the Cameroon government has formed a partnership with CBC health services.
The Cameroon government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Cameroon Baptist Convention’s Health Services to collaborate in the fight against club foot, a birth defect in which one or both feet are rotated inward and downward.
Dr. Malachie Manaouda, Minister of Public Health, and Dr. Pius Tih, Director of the Cameroon Baptist Convention’s Health Services, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Yaounde on Tuesday, May 25.
The four-year, renewable agreement aims to improve early detection and management of clubfoot in children aged zero to two years, as well as clinical interventions and rehabilitation for adults, with the goal of preventing the disease.
In addition, the agreement aims to improve access to treatment for adults who require it by strengthening the technical capacity of clubfoot treatment sites to provide quality services, increasing training within clubfoot treatment sites, and strengthening the technical capacity of clubfoot treatment sites to provide quality services.
All private and public health facilities in Cameroon are required to follow the treatment protocols and procedures for correcting club foot under the terms of the memorandum of understanding.
All of these steps are being taken to help these children avoid being handicapped and to enable them to attend school normally.
Dr Malachie Manaouda, Minister of Public Health, who signed the memorandum of understanding, urged all partners to put their skills to work to reduce the rate of club foot.
He expressed the government’s willingness to include a module in all training facilities across the country to train physicians.
The Director of CBC Health Services, for one, hoped that the collaboration would aid in the early detection of club foot and thus save more children from disabilities.
Club foot is one of the leading causes of disability in children, according to the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, with about 1000 cases per year.