Clubfoot Treatment Opens Door to Education in Nepal

Clubfoot treatment in Nepal can often be difficult to access because of the country’s geography. For Jana Maya, who lives in the remote western region of Humla, geography was only one of the obstacles to finding Ponseti treatment.

At the age of eleven, she was brought to the clinic run by our partners, Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC). Jana Maya’s mother had passed away and her father, not knowing how to handle her disability, left her in a local orphanage. It was there that Jana Maya finally found out her condition was treatable and began a course of six casts, followed by a tenotomy. The treatment was challenging for Jana Maya, but she persevered.

Today Jana Maya’s foot has been straightened and she is walking without pain. She is excelling in her studies and even learning sign language so she can communicate with her deaf classmates from HRDC.

Thanks to HRDC, Jana Maya and nearly 1,200 other children born with clubfoot in Nepal have been enrolled in treatment.

Read about HRDC’s innovative mobile clubfoot clinic that traverses some of the most difficult-to-navigate terrain in the world to treat clubfoot.