Prosthetics Outreach Foundation and the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society combined efforts for the eleventh year to send volunteer orthopedic surgeons to Vietnam in July. With the help from local orthopedic surgeons in Vietnam, the teams evaluated over 200 patients. In total, 64 patients underwent surgical treatment. In addition to the surgeries, an educational conference was held in Hanoi to promote and improve care. Local educational sessions were also held at six different hospitals throughout Vietnam. These educational conferences are crucial to the success of the work being done in Vietnam, as they are an opportunity for focused time on important surgical techniques. POF would like to thank its partner, AOFAS, as well as the Viet Duc Hospital, both of whom helped sponsor this project.
POF Program Officer, Jessica Dyer, traveled to Vietnam in June 2012. While there, she worked with the program’s Medical Director, Dr. Nhi, and other Vietnamese Orthopedic Surgeons to plan an advanced Ponseti training to target congenital clubfoot cases that are difficult to treat. This training will be conducted jointly with representatives from POF and Ponseti International Association.
Jessica is also working with program management in Vietnam to target clubfoot education efforts towards nurses and midwives in villages in order to increase identification and referral of children born with congenital clubfoot.
Visit the Vietnam National Clubfoot Program page for more information: http://www.vnclubfoot.org/