This contribution also serves as a public awareness initiative about the importance of following up with a treatment to ensure recovery and preventable disability.
Speaking during the press briefing held at CCBRT, Tigo Managing Director, Simon Karikari said; “Access to health service has remained a critical component of the success of clubfoot patients. Clubfoot treatment in the country is a topic that needs publicity and as Tigo we are here today to change the narrative, we need community participation and will-power to ensure every child with clubfoot in Tanzania receives timely and quality treatment using the Ponseti Method as a gold standard treatment hence providing them with equal opportunities to lead active and productive lives.”
Karikari also called upon other private stakeholders to join Tigo in improving the lives of the children born with clubfoot,”With this donation, we continue to highlight our on going and long-standing commitment towards helping to rise a healthy nation that will contribute meaningfully to Tanzania’s development.
We also urge other stakeholders to work with CCBRT to bring about positive changes in society.”
“Tigo Tanzania has set an example of the key role that the private sector plays in alleviating and resolving societal problems. CCBRT has, over the years, been able to tackle one of the most challenging aspects of clubfoot treatment – ensure continued follow-up treatment.
Through Tigo’s innovation and support, CCBRT’s SMS reminder platform can send mobile reminders to clients to promote follow up so that patients are fully treated, with little or no risk of reversal. I would, therefore, like to urge other private sector players to follow their lead.”
Recognizing the power and potential of SMS technology to improve patient communication and follow-up, CCBRT partnered with Tigo to develop an SMS reminder platform.
Launched in 2013, it is an essential component of clubfoot care as attendance at weekly castings and follow-up appointments is crucial for successful treatment.
The platform sends SMS reminder messages to the parents of all clubfoot patients, four days, and one day before their scheduled appointments. It has helped CCBRT significantly to reduce the dropout rate.
More than 1500 children have benefitted from life-changing Ponseti Method clubfoot treatment and over 400 received life-changing surgeries at CCBRT over the past four years.
This years’ donation will benefit more than 400 clubfoot patients.