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GCC Special Edition 2017

Global Club Foot Confrence



1st November – Vigyan Bhavan
2nd November – Lady Hardinge Swarn Jayanti Auditorium 

Clubfoot is a congenital deformity that severely twists the foot both downward and inward, making walking difficult or impossible. 2 out of every 1000 children are born with clubfoot in every country of the world regardless of race or geographic region. Over 2,20,000 children, in the developing world are born each year with clubfoot. In India more than 50,000 children are born with Clubfoot every year if not treated all these children will become differently abled. There are approximately 8,000,000 adults worldwide who are physically disabled with clubfoot who could have been cured if treated at an early stage.


CURE International India began its services from April 2009 with a goal to eradicate disability caused by clubfoot in India. At present over 38,000 children are enrolled in this program nationwide. With over 150 children being born with clubfoot in India every day, the role of CURE International India in establishing free clubfoot clinics is very relevant and significant. Through this initiative, CURE International India aims to enlighten the public that clubfoot can be treated and if neglected, leads to permanent disability. Every month an average of 1000 new children are enrolled from 254 designated weekly clubfoot clinics across all the 29 states in India.

CURE India has organised the first Clubfoot Conference in Feb 2013 at the Vigyan Bhawan where the Hon Vice President of India Shri Hamid Anasari inaugurated the event in the presence of Hon Chief Minister of Delhi Smt. Sheila Dikshit. The second National Clubfoot conference was held at the Moulana Azad Medical college, New Delhi in April 2015.


International Faculty

Venue : Vigyan Bhavan

Time : 9am – 6pm

Sessions will include
1. Plenary lectures by international faculty
2. Symposia
3. Panel discussions
4. Case discussions
5. Free paper and posters
6. Audit of each state programme

Suggested topics & faculty
– Epidemiology and genetics of clubfoot : recent advances
– Clubfoot scoring: how and why?
– Pitfalls in Ponseti treatment and how to manage them
– Management of relapses after Ponseti treatment
– Atypical / complex clubfeet : challenges and management
– The India Clubfoot Programme

Symposia :
1. Symposium on walking age clubfoot

Points to be covered
– Upper age limit for Ponseti casting?
– How is the older child different? Pathoanatomy / soft tissue stiffness /
bony changes
– Role of x-rays and advanced imaging
– Weekly or 2 weekly?
– Sequential or simultaneous correction of bilateral clubfeet?
– Above knee or below knee casts?
– Plaster of Paris v/s fiberglass synthetic casts
– TA tenotomy or open release?
– Role of early tibialis anterior tendon transfer
– Ideal brace (FAB or AFO) and duration of bracing
– Additional soft tissue or bony procedures
– How to report outcomes (scoring system for older children)?
2. Symposium on syndromic clubfoot

Points to be covered
– Common syndromes associated with clubfoot?
– Tips and tricks in Ponseti casting in syndromic feet
– Success of Ponseti in different syndromes
– Management of feet resistant to Ponseti
– Management of relapses in syndromic feet

Panel discussions 
– Braces in clubfoot: which is the best?
– Adherence with bracing (why is it necessary & how to ensure fidelity?)
– How to run an effective and efficient model Clubfoot Clinic?
– Barriers to treatment of clubfoot (Indian experience v/s global
– Role of various stakeholders in ensuring complete and compulsory treat
ment of all children born with clubfeet (Govt MoH / state programme
manag ers & counselors / State Medical Directors / ASHA / District Early
Intervention centre (DEIC) / Rotary International / Global Clubfoot
Initiative (GCI) / Ponseti International (PIA)
– Research opportunities in clubfoot
Dr. Shafique Pirani
Dr. Nogrove penny
Dr. Steve Mannion

Case Discussions
– Interesting cases with audience participation

Free papers
– Best Paper and Best Poster Awards

Audit of regional programme

Venue: Vigyan Bhavan

Dinner and Fellowship

Vanue : Lady Hardinge Swarn Jayanti Auditorium 

Time : 9am – 3pm

Workshops separate for doctors & counsellors
1. Basic Workshop (Ponseti Refresher Training) 9am – 3pm
Who can attend: Residents & PGs from CURE Clinics (1 -2 per clinic) in teaching
hospitals / doctors from new clinic locations
Format: – Lectures as per Ponseti curriculum
– Casting demos on foot models
– Hands-on casting on children with clubfoot
– Demo of TA tenotomy
– Prizes for best scoring / best cast application

2. 3 Advanced Workshops (in the form of 2 hour ICLs running sequentially)
Who can attend : Senior doctors / clinic in-charges / foreign delegates
– Syndromic and complex clubfeet
(syndromes associated with clubfoot / challenges / results in different
syndromes / modified casting technique / tips and tricks / additional
– Beyond Ponseti – role of surgeries in clubfoot
(role of soft tissue releases in resistant cases / surgeries for relapses / video
technique of Tibialis anterior tendon transfer / management of the residual
bean shaped foot deformity / role of bony surgeries / triple arthrodesis / role
of external fixators – Ilizarov and JESS)
– Journal Club and literature review
(Top 30 articles on clubfoot – 3 mins presentation / 1 min discussion per paper)

3. Workshops for Counsellors / Programme staff

Valedictory by 3pm

Note: Please email papers to gcc@clubfootindia.in

Doctors/authors are invited to submit papers on clubfoot on the following topics
Topic 1 – Case studies by doctors
Topic 2 – Review of current literature on clubfoot
Topic 3 – Barrier to treatment for clubfoot
Topic 4 – Role of Teaching Institutes in standardising quality care for clubfoot
Topic 5 – Role of Counsellor in ensuring five year follow up in care for clubfoot
Topic 6 – Role of district Hospital in providing care for clubfoot
Topic 7 – Role of District Early Intervention Centre (DEIC) in ensuring compulsory and complete treatment
Topic 8 – Role of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA’s) in identifying all children born with clubfoot in India
Topic 9 – Role of Rotary in the eradication of disability from clubfoot globally
Topic 10 – Role of Global Clubfoot Initiative in the eradication of disability from clubfoot globally

Panel Discussions
Present scenario of Clubfoot care.
Future of clubfoot care globally.

Breakout sessions
1. Casting Techniques.
2. Pirani Score.
3. Foot Abduction Brace.
4. Clubfoot Program Management.

Event highlights
1. VVIP to inaugurate global call for a World free of disability from clubfoot
2. Knowledge sharing by International and National leaders on clubfoot management
3. Parents testimonies

  • Organising Chairman

    Dr. Mathew Varghese,
    Hon. Medical Director, CURE International India,
    (HOD-Department of Orthopaedics),
    St. Stephen’s Hospital, New Delhi

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Finance Committee

  • Chiarperson- Dr. Anil Dhal
  • Co-Chairperson- Rtn. Vijay K Jain
  • Mr. Joselyn Martin
  • Rtn. Pradeep Bahri.

Events & Logistics Committee

  • Chairperson – Dr. Anil Agarwal
  • Co-Chairperson- Dr. Shah Alam Khan
  • Dr. Vikas Gupta
  • Dr. Alok Sood
  • Dr. Ravi Gaur
  • Rtn. Amar Nath Goyal

Scientific Committee

  • Chairperson – Dr. Alaric Aroojis
  • Co-Chairperson- Dr. Shobha Arora
  • Dr. Pashupati
  • Dr. Ajai Singh
  • Dr. Vineet Arora
  • Dr. Sukalyan Dey
  • Dr. A.K. Manav
  • Dr. Pulak Sharma
  • Dr. John Santoshi
  • Dr. Rudra Prasad

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