We are

Mobilizing children for life

Health care is a human right

2 million children

live with the pain and stigma of untreated clubfoot, a condition that affects at least 1 in 800 globally.

MiracleFeet is on a mission to create universal access to treatment for this leading cause of physical disability worldwide. We partner with local health workers and organizations to bring the low-cost solution to children who need it today and for generations. Treatment for one child costs only $500 on average.

95,656 lives transformed
445 clinics
37 countries
Cause for Celebration: Chinecherem’s Transformation 
On a May morning, the rays of sunlight cast ambient shadows around Chinyere as she sits on a wooden bench on her balcony. In the open courtyard, her daughter, Chinecherem, unfastens school uniforms from the clothesline. A smile passes between them. Seven years ago, such a glance would not have elicited smiles and instead would have spurred sorrow for Chineyere.
Transforming Futures: MiracleFeet’s 2023 Impact Report
83,072 children treated to date MiracleFeet has grown consistently since our inception, this year enrolling more children than ever before, initiating new programs in four countries, achieving the best quality results to date, and training health workers around the world. 2023 Highlights MiracleFeet is reaching more than 50% of children born with clubfoot within a year of birth in eight countries: Bangladesh, Liberia, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe. We opened 77 new clubfoot clinics adding to our growing network of health facilities delivering services around the globe. We trained over 900 providers in the Ponseti Method. We started programs in four new countries: Guyana, Mexico, Pakistan, and Togo. Transformative change, and the hearts and hands behind it. Every three minutes a child with clubfoot is born. Only 1 in 5 will receive care without our work. Your Support Matters Every three minutes a child is born with clubfoot, yet sadly most do not receive the treatment they deserve. We have the power to change that. MiracleFeet believes that every child born with clubfoot should be able to run free. I know this is possible because I’ve met the heroes behind our work and witnessed first-hand the passion and dedication they bring to transforming young lives every day. The need is great, but with your support and our collective experience, proven model, and unwavering–and urgent–sense of purpose, together we can ensure that every child born with clubfoot receives the care they deserve. Thank you to our staff, board members, partners, parents, and to our donors who make this life-transforming work possible. Sincerely, Daphne de Souza Lima Sorensen, MiracleFeet CEO "I've watched MiracleFeet transform lives …and it’s thrilling.” Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times Donate
A Special Touch in Clubfoot Care
“Clubfoot is one of the only disabilities you can feel and do not need to see.” “I love specializing in clubfoot because I can use touch to identify the degree of the symptoms and the curvature of the feet,” shares Rachida Bettioui, a physiotherapist at the Ibn Sina hospital in Rabat, Morocco. “Clubfoot is one of the only disabilities you can feel and do not need to see,” she continues as she runs her hands over the foot of a newborn visiting the clinic for the first time. This is especially important to Rachida, who lost her sight completely when she was 30 years old. Rachida attended University Mohammed 5 in Rabat, Morocco, originally studying economics. It was during a school break after her third year that she lost her sight. She pursued several different treatments but to no avail. She had to accept that she was now permanently blind. Unsure what to do or what kind of future was possible for her, she started studying the Quran and, just by listening to it, memorized it in its entirety. She then received a Quran written in Braille as a gift and started researching Braille to learn more about resources available to blind people. She soon found and joined an association for blind people where she met others like her who were coping with losing their sight and having to learn to navigate the world anew. Morocco: A Special Touch in Clubfoot Care “The first time I started working at the hospital, I met the children and I loved them.” When she first joined the association, she was shocked by the independence of the other members. “I couldn’t believe it—they were walking by themselves, they were laughing. I thought, surely they can see. But one day, I dropped my stylus, and everyone started to look for it using their feet,” she recalls with a smile. “That’s how I knew they were really blind—like me.” Today, Rachida does physical therapy work with clubfoot patients, but she also oversees parent education—an important component of clubfoot treatment. Since the Ponseti Method is an iterative process which relies on parents to consistently return to the clinic with their child for follow up appointments and follow through with bracing, it’s important for parents to understand how the method works, what to expect, and how to support their children through care. Rachida leading a parent education roundtable. The Ponseti Method is quick and effective. Rachida fitting a patient with shoes and a brace. “I’ve built strong trust with the mothers,” shares Rachida. “I try to understand their concerns and explain exactly what they need. And when the child is eventually fully treated, the mothers thank me for comforting them and assuring them that it will be alright.”    In the clubfoot ward of the children’s hospital, Rachida also oversees the storage and organization of the clubfoot braces arranged from smallest to largest. She also shows parents the correct way to put on the foot abduction braces, which is crucial in preventing relapse.   Rachida is a member of Premier Pas, MiracleFeet’s partner organization in Morocco responsible for clubfoot treatment in five different university clinics. Premier Pas provides technical, organizational, and financial support to Moroccan hospitals so that they can provide affordable and effective treatment, using the Ponseti method as the standard for treating children born with clubfoot in Morocco. Today, Rachida walks to and from the hospital with no cane or assistance, a 20-kilometer journey.  Arriving at work, she moves around the clinic with familiar ease. She has a luminous smile, bright green eyes, and an incredibly warm demeanor. It is obvious that she is very well known and well respected by her colleagues. Junior clinic assistants sometimes help her navigate between patient appointments and clinic rooms, but more often than not, they are instead guided by Rachida as they learn from her unique perspective on life. Give in honor of World Physical Therapy Day. Donate Watching her work, it’s easy to see why she’s so good at her job – because she loves it – loves working with children, helping families, and transforming the futures of those affected by clubfoot. Happy World Physical Therapy Day to Rachida and to all the physios around the world who make our work possible. Clubfoot has many heroes —including you. Your support strengthens our global movement to ensure every child born with clubfoot has access to life-changing treatment. Donate Now

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