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Interview with Scott Reichenbach

Scott Reichenbach
(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.

4. How was your experience visiting the clinics in India?

It is always so encouraging and fun to see the kids and their families. To see the joy and relief of the parents and caregivers knowing their child received care at CURE Clubfoot clinic and they will grow up not knowing any disability from clubfoot. I am always so grateful for the commitment of the families to see that their kids make it to their appointments each week.

5. What would you suggest the doctors to do in India to get support in awareness of clubfoot?

I am not so sure it is the doctor’s job to raise awareness. Certainly by them treating clubfoot efficiently and effectively word will get out but I see it more as a role of the hospital, community health workers and government to spread the word. The stronger the people, the stronger the country and by eliminating disability from clubfoot early we free more people to contribute to society. Raising awareness is a big piece that CURE and our staff can play, to be out in the community spreading the message that clubfoot can be treated.

6. What are the things, which admired you the most in India in relation to clubfoot?

The commitment and passion of the staff and leadership. It is not an easy task but using the skills, opportunities and resources that God has given the team so much has been accomplished. The effort that has been put in to make this program successful is amazing.

7. What are the things that need to be improved?

We need to do a better job of looking at our data and evaluating our programs based on actual patient information and our Key Performance Indicators. Using that data we then can make strategic decisions to move us forward to provide better care and treat more children for all children. We are providing great care and I would like to see us share those results with the world. CURE India treats more kids each year than any program in the world. We have lots to teach and share with the world.

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