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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.

57,591 lives transformed
327 clinics
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Meet Mr. Clubfoot, a Pioneer of Ponseti in Africa
Diriisa Kitemagwa, orthopedic officer in Kampala, is part of a small team of pioneering health workers who started treating clubfoot over two decades ago in Uganda. Their advocacy and training efforts are the foundation of our global work today.
Prototype for MiracleFeet Brace Sensor Wins Acclaimed Red Dot Design Award
Share: Watch: Brace Sensor Team Consulting, a medical device consulting firm, recently designed a brace sensor prototype to help MiracleFeet track brace usage—a major factor in long-term outcomes for clubfoot patients. Team Consulting submitted the sensor in the prestigious Red Dot Design Concept Award – and won! The annual Red Dot Award is the largest professional design concept competition in the world, open to all design studios, companies, universities, research laboratories, inventors, design students and design professionals globally. Founded over 60 years ago, the award recognizes the need to identify and celebrate outstanding new design concepts and innovations. Entries are evaluated by an international jury of experts from diverse fields and are assessed on six criteria including functionality, degree of innovation, and impact. The award serves as a recognized benchmark for creativity and design excellence in the industry. The sensor designed by Team Consulting is a low-cost, low-power onboard sensor, with connectivity via Bluetooth to a simple app, that fits discreetly into MiracleFeet’s signature purple foot abduction brace. The connected sensor also pairs with a mobile app designed to work with MiracleFeet’s existing cloud base, adding support for clinics without the need for a complex new system. Did you know? Clubfoot braces are among 26 essential assistive products the World Health Organization says health systems must supply for inclusive health services. Guide: Assistive Product Specifications (WHO, 2021) There are three stages of clubfoot treatment, but the stage most likely to determine long-term success is bracing. A key part of the Ponseti Method, children wear an abduction brace, consisting of shoes and a bar, to maintain the feet in the proper position as they grow. The brace is worn for 23 hours a day for the first three months, and then while sleeping for up to five years. Bracing is the only statistically significant factor in relapse, so this phase of the treatment is extremely important. Team’s inexpensive, integrated solution provides an effective way to monitor and regulate how the vital foot braces are worn. The embedded sensor has the potential to allow remote monitoring of brace use and support effective intervention by clinicians and caregivers. By being able to monitor and visualize usage, providers and parents can better support proper practice. Data from the sensors means providers no longer must rely on self-reporting and anecdotal feedback to help improve brace compliance. The Red Dot Award is a recognized international seal for excellence in design innovation and is a reflection of real sustainable design innovation capability of an organization. Many thanks to Team Consulting for their incredible work on this brace innovation that has the potential to positively impact countless children around the world in the coming years. The MiracleFeet Brace is patented, FDA-registered and a recipient of numerous awards. The MiracleFeet Brace Laureate at The Tech Awards in the Katherine M. Swanson Young Innovator categoryThe Global Health and Innovation Conference (GHIC) Prize at the Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale UniversityUSAID DIV award for rollout and testingSilver Award in the category of Health and Wellness at the Edison AwardsFast Company Innovation by Design finalistJeff Yang and Ian Connolly win at SwitchPoint Student Silo Busters Contest with the MiracleFeet braceBrace featured on Wired.comBrace featured in The New York TimesBrace featured on “The Big Idea” on MSNBC More from MiracleFeet Q&A with MiracleFeet Ambassador Carl Mhina The Time Is Now: New Report Calls for Global Action for Children and Adults with… Prototype for MiracleFeet Brace Sensor Wins Acclaimed Red Dot Design Award Somalia has four physiotherapists for 15 million people. Meet one of them.
Somalia has four physiotherapists for 15 million people. Meet one of them.
Osman Ibrahim Mohamed walks with 18-month-old Quseyma outside the SRCS clinic in Mogadishu. Meet the Physical Therapist Helping Kids Overcome Disability in a War-Torn Country More than one million children currently live with untreated clubfoot, and 1.5 billion people worldwide live in conflict-affected area like Somalia where civil war, famine, and unrest have devastated the country’s health infrastructure. It is difficult for most Somalians to access even basic medical care, and many of the country’s most vulnerable citizens have limited or no access to care of any kind. Despite the risks of working in a conflict zone, dedicated health care workers continue to show up every day, transforming lives in the process. Working at the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in Mogadishu, Osman Ibrahim Mohamed is one of only four physiotherapist in the entire country. Osman is a rare example of someone who sees a need, a way to help, and makes change happen. A physical therapist by training, he has lived in Somalia his whole life. He knows too well the plagues of war, starvation, and instability, and he has seen firsthand how those with clubfoot are disproportionately affected. “I said to myself, ‘Osman, it’s time that you help the Somali children. Help them get the right treatment.” Osman first became interested in clubfoot treatment over 20 years ago when writing his thesis on the condition. He learned that the Ponseti Method is ideal for a country like Somalia; the treatment requires only simple materials, is much less invasive and less expensive than surgery, and has an incredibly high success rate. Care workers have a demonstrated record of success scaling up Ponseti treatment where resources are scarce and healthcare workers are in short supply. After working for the SRCS for many years, Osman began contemplating his legacy. “I said to myself, ‘Osman, it’s time that you help the Somali children. Help them get the right treatment,’” he recounts.   A mother enters the SRCS clinic hoping to find clubfoot care for her young son. Three mothers carrying their children as they enter the SRCS clinic facility. The need to help those living with this common birth defect was obvious. The problem was finding an international partner who could help. With Somalia’s Ministry of Health all but inoperable because of security concerns, Osman needed a partner who could provide technical and financial assistance to get the program off the ground. In 2019 a partnership between MiracleFeet, the Somali Red Crescent Society, and International Committee of the Red Crosswas finalized. In March of 2019, three clinics in Somalia launched Ponseti programs.    The response has been overwhelming, with families coming from as far as 500 km away to enroll their children in treatment. Using only word-of-mouth and without any advertising or outreach, the clinic in Mogadishu already has a long waiting list—evidence of how vital these services are and indicative of the enormous need. Approximately 800 children are born with clubfoot each year in Somalia alone. This year SRCS treated nearly 300. 5-year-old Abdalla waits with his father during his first visit to the SRCS clinic. Osman checks the feet of a new patient in preparation for casting. Mothers waiting with their children in the SRCS clinic waiting area. “Ponseti is a step forward. In every part of Somalia, people need this program.” And, of course, the pandemic has made accessing care even more difficult. The SRCS clinic temporarily closed in May of 2020 when COVID cases were high in Mogadishu. It has since reopened with safety protocols in place such as mask wearing, physical distancing when possible, and decreased appointment volumes. With so many children in the middle of treatment and many more waiting, Osman and his team felt the need to reopen was essential. In fact, Osman has steadily grown the clinic during COVID recovering over 70% of patients whose care was affected. On top of that, Somalia’s treatment quality is high, hitting all the “gold standard” targets for quality indicators. For Osman, one of the most satisfying parts of his work is knowing that he is making a difference in the lives of families who did not believe their children would ever be free from disability. He describes the story of one child born with clubfoot who came to the clinic: the father spent a year saving for his son’s surgery, but even after the costly surgery and five months of casts, his condition had not improved. Initially reluctant to enroll his son in yet another treatment, the father was overjoyed to see progress after just three casts. He began crying, asking “Why didn’t I come here first?” Moments like this remind Osman the important of his work and the impact it has. Treatment transforms lives and can radically shift the trajectory of every child who receives care.   1.5 billion people worldwide live in conflict affected areas Despite this success, however, there is an overwhelming need for more rehabilitative professionals. Osman is one of two physical therapists in his region, which serves approximately six million people. There are only four physical therapists and five physiotherapy assistants in the entire country. There are no occupational therapists, speech therapists, or social workers.  Training at MiracleFeet The need is so much more than the capacity, but Osman is dedicated to doing his part. As a certified Ponseti trainer, he regularly travels to other clinics in Somalia to train providers in the method. The opportunity to build the capacity of other health professionals in Somalia is invaluable, and essential to reaching all those who need care. “Ponseti is a step forward,” he explains. “You can see the results after only three or four casts. In every part of Somalia, people need this program.” Eventually, with more trained providers, the program will be equipped to open additional clinics meaning families can find treatment closer to home, sparing them expensive and dangerous travel. In the interim, a pilot program is providing parents and children traveling long distances accommodation near the clinic. Increasing the number of clinics with trained providers who can deliver quality care is key to eliminating untreated clubfoot globally. But none of that can happen without people—committed, compassionate, and brave people like Osman who seek to improve the lives of others despite the risk to their own. Osman applies casts with the help of a clinic assistant as the patient's father comforts her. 1 of 6 A clinic assistant helps fit a young boy with a brace. 2 of 6 Quseyma, 1.5 years old, tests his feet at the SRCS clinic. Quseyma and his parents live in one of the internal displacement centers so finding transportation to and from the clinic presents a significant challenge. 3 of 6 Osman fits a young patient for a brace, the final stage of treatment. 4 of 6 Two mothers waiting with their children inside the SRCS clubfoot clinic. 5 of 6 Osman assesses the severity of a patient's clubfoot. 6 of 6 More from MiracleFeet Q&A with MiracleFeet Ambassador Carl Mhina The Time Is Now: New Report Calls for Global Action for Children and Adults with… Prototype for MiracleFeet Brace Sensor Wins Acclaimed Red Dot Design Award Somalia has four physiotherapists for 15 million people. Meet one of them.

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