Proclamation

By the Governor of Alabama

WHEREAS, the late Dr. Ignacio Ponseti developed the low cost, non-surgical, highly effective Ponseti Method which is now the globally recognized standard of care for treating clubfoot deformity; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of individuals, from every country, suffer lives of disability when not receiving proper treatment for this deformity; and

WHEREAS, serious impediments to the delivery of the Ponseti Method for treating clubfoot include stigma and unfamiliarity about clubfoot and lack of awareness that clubfoot is treatable using Dr. Ponseti’s method; and

WHEREAS, the Ponseti International Association was established in 2006 to realize the vision of a “world free of untreated clubfoot deformity”; and

WHEREAS, proclamation of a “World Day” has been shown to be an effective means for drawing global attention to specific health problems and for promoting effective interventions;        and

WHEREAS, in honor of Dr. Ponseti’s birthday, June 3rd is recognized as World Clubfoot Day in Alabama for the sake of every individual, everywhere, now and in the future, who is affected by clubfoot deformity:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the day of June 3, 2017, as                 

World Clubfoot Day

in the State of Alabama.

Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 1st day of June 2017.

Kay Ivey

Governor