(Operations Director, CURE Clubfoot, CURE International)
1. What do you think is the key to make India a clubfoot free country?
Partnerships. It is what has made CURE India so successful today and what will make India free from the disability of clubfoot in the future. Without the support and contribution of the government of India, its doctors, community health workers and the administration of the partner hospitals kids couldn’t receive the care they need. Without the support from Rotary in time, in-kind donations and finances care also would not be possible. Without the other corporate and NGO partners and friends of CURE India around the world who are contributing to see kids run free from disability care would not be possible. Without the amazing staff at CURE India who are committed and passionate about seeing India clubfoot free it would not be possible. The key is the various organizations and people who are committed to making this happen and who work tirelessly to see all kids run free from the disability of clubfoot.
2. Since you are associated with clubfoot program, how do you plan to reach out to the last child affected with this disability?
We are committed to seeing disability from clubfoot eradicated in India as well as around the world. We will continue to use our resources to see that programs are developed and children are healed. We have to get creative. There are lots of barriers but every child is important. Each one represents a family, a village, a community and they deserve our best.
3. What differences have you noticed in India regarding clubfoot from your visit this time?
I don’t know if I would say I noticed any difference. Every time I visit there is an excitement, a passion and a desire to see every child enrolled and treated. There is a contagious energy and excitement around the program. The only difference, if I have to say one is that there are more and more programs each time and more and more staff working towards this goal.