Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there things you would like to know about The Straight Child Foundation? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions and our Answers to these questions.

  • about us
  • information
  • cerebral palsy
  • clubfoot
  • clubfoot treatment
  • Q. Who are we?

    The Straight Child Foundation is a non-governmental,
    nonprofit organization with a focus on childhood disabilities and deformities
    and wholistic children’s outreaches.

  • Q. Who is the founder?

    The founding chairman is Dr Peace Amaraegbulam, a
    child of God serving as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with the Federal
    Medical Center Umuahia. She is passionate about children’s orthopaedics
    and humanitarian services and finds the organization as a melting point of all
    she does.

  • Q. When was it founded?

    The organization was inaugurated on Tuesday, 21 st
    November 2018.

  • Q. Our location?

    The Straight Child Foundation has a physical office at #2 Hon
    Justice Obisike Oji Crescent, opposite Blossom’s Women and Family
    Hospital, off Finbarr’s Road Umuahia.

  • Q. How are we funded?

    The organization derives funds from donations and
    support from individuals. We also have a collaboration with MiracleFeet, an
    NGO in United States which contributes to the care of Clubfoot using the
    Ponseti method. This partnership currently funds the Ponseti treatment of
    children with clubfoot in six hospitals in South East and South South
    Nigeria.

  • Q. How did you get the name, The Straight Child Foundation?

    The Straight Child Foundation is a name that depicts the desires of
    the team members to contribute to the correction of deformities and also
    contribute to the wholistic care of children living with disabilities and
    deformities.

  • Q. What is Cerebral Palsy?

    Cerebral Palsy is a collection of symptoms and
    signs, particularly affecting the motor development of the child, which arises
    due to a damage to the developing or immature brain.

  • Q. What causes it?

    The commonest cause in Nigeria is birth asphyxia, but
    prematurity, jaundice and sepsis in the newborn are other important causes.

  • Q. Can it be cured?

    Currently, there is no cure for Cerebral Palsy but the
    treatment is aimed at functional independence of the child as much as is
    possible.

  • Q. What is Clubfoot?

    Clubfoot is a foot deformity whereby one or two feet of
    the child is/are turned inwards and upward.

  • Q. What causes it?

    Most cases are idiopathic, meaning that the cause is not
    known. However, some may be associated with other abnormalities or may
    be caused by neurological conditions and infections.

  • Q. How can it be treated?

    Ponseti method of treatment is a non-surgical
    treatment method that is globally accepted for clubfoot care currently.

  • Where do we get the treatment?

    You can take a child between 0-5 years to
    FMC Umuahia, UUTH Uyo, AE-FUTH Abakaliki, NAUTH Nnewi, ISTH
    Irrua and FMC Lokoja for the MiracleFeet-supported Clubfoot care by the
    Ponseti method. This mode of treatment makes the care easily accessible at
    little or no cost to the patient.

  • How long will the treatment last?

    Most feet within the correctible age are
    corrected after an average of 4-8 casts. Then the correction is maintained
    with foot abduction braces, which are also provided by MiracleFeet.

  • Can it be outgrown?

    No, clubfoot cannot be outgrown without treatment.

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