We Are

Mobilizing children for life

We Can End a Major Disability

2 million children

live with the pain and stigma of untreated clubfoot, a common birth defect that affects 1 in 800 globally.

MiracleFeet is on a mission to eliminate this leading cause of physical disability worldwide. We partner with local health workers and organizations to bring the non-surgical care to children who need it today and for generations. Less than $500 can cover the cost of treatment for one child.

52,644 lives transformed
321 clinics
29 countries
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52,644 lives transformed
321 clinics
29 countries
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New USAID Award for Strengthening Physical Rehabilitation in Health Systems
Share: MiracleFeet is delighted to join the Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems consortium (ReLAB-HS). Along with consortium partners, we will implement this flagship program that will address the growing global need for physical rehabilitation, including appropriate assistive technology, services. ReLAB-HS is funded by an award from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Leahy War Victims Fund (LWVF). ReLab-HS aims to strengthen the development of responsive and sustainable physical rehabilitation services across the lifespan in the communities where they are most needed, as well as building health system governance and employing the use of technology and digital assets to improve physical rehabilitation globally. The MiracleFeet Brace The need for physical rehabilitation services, including assistive technology, is urgent and growing. More than 2.4 billion people worldwide are estimated to benefit from physical rehabilitation services. The proportion of the population over 60 will double in the next 30 years the majority of whom will live with chronic disease. Approximately 150 million children and adolescents experience disabilities, and injuries for people of all ages are becoming more frequent due to conflict, rapid urbanization and motorization. These enormous unmet rehabilitation needs are concentrated amongst the poorest and most vulnerable populations in low- and middle-income countries and conflict-affected settings. This five-year, $39.5 million program will transform the way people think about physical rehabilitation as part of health systems. It will work globally and in a number of low- and middle-income countries with varying levels of physical rehabilitation need and infrastructure. ReLAB-HS presents a genuine opportunity to provide real improvements in the quality of life, functionality and independence for people through simple interventions at the primary care level, and the use of technology to bring physical rehabilitation further into community settings. ReLAB-HS will focus on building local and international leadership, crafting local, demand-driven approaches and innovations, and working largely in community and at home settings, implementing real and relevant rehabilitation and policy solutions. “We are thrilled about this very significant investment in physical rehabilitation by USAID,” said MiracleFeet CEO Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld. “This project will make critical rehab services more available for millions living with debilitating conditions by harnessing technology and building referral pathways to drive delivery of high quality care down to the primary health care level.  MiracleFeet, which focuses on increasing access to treatment for children born with clubfoot, a birth defect that affects one in every 800 children born worldwide, is extremely excited to be part of this larger consortium working to further integrate physical rehabilitation across all levels of health systems.” “With ReLAB-HS partners, we will lay the groundwork and build innovative tools to address serious gaps in global and national-level protocols for identifying, referring, and treating conditions like clubfoot—early and systematically. A referral pathway that works for a common birth defect can also serve those who need wheelchairs or other assistive devices, physical therapy for strokes or accidents, and other rehab care. By working together, we can mainstream physical rehabilitation to make a radical difference in the overall quality of life and health of people with disabilities.” For more information Visit: https://www.relabhs.org/ Contact ReLAB-HS will be led through the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA and co-led by the Nossal Institute for Global Health, Australia. Other consortium members include Humanity and Inclusion, Physiopedia, and UCP Wheels for Humanity. MiracleFeet looks forward to working in partnership on this program to support the development responsive rehabilitation services that can meet this escalating global challenge. More News & Stories New USAID Award for Strengthening Physical Rehabilitation in Health Systems A Mother’s Message to the World: There Is a Place That Offers Hope for Our… We’ve Been Flattening the Clubfoot Curve Since 2010 MiracleFeet Reaches 50,000th Child with Life-Changing Treatment
MiracleFeet Reaches 50,000th Child with Life-Changing Treatment
When MiracleFeet partnered with its first hospital in Brazil in 2010, our founders thought treating 10,000 children worldwide with clubfoot would be an ambitious goal, a milestone possibly beyond reach. Now, a decade later MiracleFeet has reached its 50,000th patient with the Ponseti Method, the non-invasive, low-cost treatment that corrects a birth defect overlooked for generations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The First Steps in Treatment Journey for MiracleFeet’s 50,000th Patient “I don’t think any of us who were involved at the beginning ever imagined that we would reach so many kids. This is an extraordinary moment for MiracleFeet,” said Co-founder & CEO Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld. “The speed at which this has accelerated is proof of a treatment and clinical model that works exceptionally well.” Three-week-old Raes Mugerwa, born during the COVID-19 pandemic at a health facility south of Kampala, Uganda received his first set of casts at one of 21 clinics where MiracleFeet supports care with local partner Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CoRSU). “My dream is to see my son stand and play on his two feet,” said Raes' mother. She had never seen a child with his condition. "I immediately envisioned a future where he had to live as a dependent," she said, sharing with clinic staff the relief she felt hearing there was a solution. Photos by Edward Echwalu. 1 of 3 Every day worldwide, between 50 – 100 parents are referred to MiracleFeet’s partners—orthopedic and physiotherapy specialists working at 300+ clinics in 29 countries—where they find assurance, treatment, and a community of support. 2 of 3 Nearly 1,000 children in Uganda have safely received treatment at 21 MiracleFeet-supported clinics since the start of the pandemic. 3 of 3 Tracking 50,000 Treatment quality counts more than patient numbers Globally, MiracleFeet works with local providers at 301 clinics in 29 countries and anticipates treating 10,000 new patients this year alone. In some countries, like Liberia, Paraguay, and Sri Lanka, MiracleFeet’s partners are reaching 70% of new cases each year. An incredible achievement, especially considering that just ten years ago only .3% of children in low-income countries were receiving proper clubfoot care. The Tool That Powers Our Work–and Helped Us Adapt during a Pandemic Thanks to CAST, our all-in-one clinic, patient, and program management tool, MiracleFeet knew the 50,000th patient would enroll at a partner clinic in East Africa. We commemorated the milestone with CoRSU in Uganda to honor their early role in bringing Ponseti to children in the region, providing proof that persuaded physicians, donors, and partners worldwide that it could be replicated elsewhere. Through the same system and organizational emphasis on data, we also know that MiracleFeet’s partners are achieving treatment quality levels that exceed the global “gold standards” for the Ponseti Method, meaning a child in Somalia is now receiving the same quality of care as a child in the United States. In fact, countries operating in the most difficult circumstances—Liberia, Somalia, Mali, and Guatemala—lead among partners on delivering quality care. “The fact that this is happening in such different contexts speaks to the inherent scalability of the method—and the solvability of clubfoot worldwide,” said Colloredo-Mansfeld. A radical difference Reflections from the first physician to use Ponseti in Africa Until the past decade, most children born with clubfoot in LMICs were not treated due to the complexity of surgery and limited access to safe services. Surgery, the popular option until the 2000s, was costly and also caused considerable issues later in life: the feet tend to become stiff and weak, often causing pain and the need for additional operations. “The Ponseti Method was nothing short of revolutionary.” “These were among the most complicated procedures we learned,” said Dr. Norgrove Penny, a member of MiracleFeet’s medical advisory board, who helped revolutionize clubfoot care in LMICs when he and a small orthopedic team began using the Ponseti Method in Uganda. Uganda became the first country in the world to address clubfoot using a public health approach and to introduce care into national health strategies starting in the early 2000s. “Here was a technique I could implement there and make a radical difference in treating a big problem. I think all pediatric orthopedic surgeons will tell you that the Ponseti Method was nothing short of revolutionary. Had I been in North America, I would have been a slower adopter, but I had no choice in Uganda.” The team, which included MiracleFeet East Africa Program Manager, Marieke Dreise, went from performing 150 operations per year on older children with neglected cases, to reaching more than 500 annually with casting at public health centers and hospitals. By 2002, in less than three years, they had trained 180 orthopedic officers throughout Uganda in the method. People Power This Movement Individual support funds the majority of our work. Donate Now Their work to advocate for the treatment nationally and to train hundreds of physiotherapists and orthopedic specialists throughout east and southern Africa provided a foundation for MiracleFeet and partners’ work today. For MiracleFeet, reaching 50,000 children is a proud accomplishment, and marks a beginning, a bold new chapter in our mission to end untreated clubfoot globally, forever. The First Steps in Treatment Journey for MiracleFeet’s 50,000th Patient A Mother’s Story of Perseverance: Completing Care Despite COVID Lockdowns The Tool That Powers Our Work–and Helped Us Adapt during a Pandemic Globally, More Children Than Ever Get Life-Changing Treatment for This Neglected Disability Every three minutes A child is born with clubfoot. With treatment, 95% can walk, run, and move for life. Give Today

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