Cameroon Clubfoot Care (CCC) Project
The Cameroon Clubfoot Care (CCC) Project is an initiative of the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services designed in 2014 for the population of Cameroon. The CCC Project Started as a pilot in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon from 2014 to 2015. The Project aims at providing care and treatment to children born with the clubfoot deformity in Cameroon. CCC Project is currently in the third year of its second phase (2016 –2018) and as a result of effective partnerships with both government and faith-based health facilities, capacity building for service providers, awareness creation for attitude change and community-based support systems to ensure quality of care, as at December 2017, quality treatment of clubfoot has been provided to 851 children from some facilities spread across 7 out of Cameroon’s 10.
Purpose To improve on access to and participation in social inclusion opportunities for children with clubfoot without discrimination
Clubfoot is a congenital birth defect in which a child is born with the foot or feet twisted inwards and upward. This means that when the child is in a standing position, the sole of the child’s feet instead of facing the floor or ground, faces upwards or sideward in the direction of the opposite foot.
The project promotes and uses the Ponseti technique which is a non-surgical treatment method as the gold standard for the treatment of clubfoot. Treatment in children is done by physiotherapy staff and orthopaedic surgeons.
The aim of the CCC Project is to eliminate clubfoot as a lifelong disabling condition by giving children born with clubfoot and those with neglected clubfoot access to treatment and rehabilitation through recognized specialized clinics in Cameroon.
To improve on access to and participation in social inclusion opportunities for children with clubfoot without discrimination
Awareness raising and advocacy
- Treatment of identified cases
- Home visits and follow-ups
- Supervision and management
Services of the CCC project currently cover 7 of the 10 regions of Cameroon, being; Southwest, Northwest, Centre, Littoral, West, Far North, North Regions
Partners/implementers and Funders
- CBM Germany: Funding and technical partner
- CBC Health Services: Implementing partner
- Mercy Ships: Technical partner
- Cameroon Ministries of Health, Social Affairs, Basic Education, Communication and Women’s Empowerment and the Family