|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
CURE CLUBFOOT WORLDWIDE
LEMOYNE, Penn., March 5, 2008 – CURE Clubfoot Worldwide (CCW) announced today that Robbie Jackson will join the organization in the newly created position of Regional Manager for Latin America. CCW is an initiative of CURE International, with the mission of eradicating clubfoot as a disability in the developing world.
“Robbie has an excellent background in delivering medical care in developing countries and will be an outstanding addition to our team,” said Andrew Mayo, executive director of CCW. “She has great skill and passion for helping disabled children.”
Jackson most recently served in the Department of Neurology at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. For nine years prior to that, she served as the mission director for LEAP Foundation, an organization providing free reconstructive surgical care for children and adults born with facial deformities in the Dominican Republic, Belize, India and Southeast Asia.
In 2000, Jackson founded Sonrie Ministries, a nonprofit organization providing artificial limbs and general prosthetic care for amputees in Belize and the Dominican Republic. In 2003, she established the first facility in Belize to provide artificial limbs for amputees.
“I am excited to be back in the field of restoring hope and transforming lives, working with disabled children in the developing world,” Jackson said. “I love that CURE has taken on this amazing goal of eradicating clubfoot from the planet, and I want to be a part of that.”
Jackson, who will be based in Honduras, will be responsible for overseeing the existing CCW projects in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Honduras, as well as establishing new countrywide treatment programs throughout Latin America.
This year, more than 200,000 children in developing countries (one in every 500 births) will be born with clubfoot. That’s why CURE set the goal of establishing programs to treat this condition, which can cause lifelong physical disability if left untreated. However, if treated early with the Ponseti Method, children can be quickly and easily cured without surgery.
Since CCW was launched 18 months ago, already more than 1,500 children from Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi and Zambia have been treated.
Although these numbers reflect a successful launch of CCW, CURE expects the number of children healed during the next year to rise even more. By the end of 2008, CCW plans to have cared for more than 4,000 children with clubfoot.
CURE International transforms the lives of these children and their families by establishing specialty teaching hospitals, building partnerships and serving as an advocate for them. To date, CURE has performed 45,000 surgeries and treated more than 650,000 patients. Visit www.helpcurenow.com for more information.
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