The Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) was the first Nepali organization to offer the Ponseti Method for the treatment of clubfoot in 2004. HRDC, based in Kavre District near Kathmandu, remains the leading and most focused Ponseti provider in Nepal.
MiracleFeet, in partnership with HRDC, opened the Lahan Clubfoot Clinic on January 1, 2015. In its first two months of operation, the clinic treated 38 children. Since then the partnership has supported over 2,100 children in the four clinics strategically located throughout the country. Free consultation and treatment, including casting, tenotomy, and bracing, is provided to all patients. Transportation subsidies, accommodation, and meals are provided for low-income families to ensure continuation of treatment.
Every year, the HRDC team treats over 20,000 children with a range of physical disabilities, including about 500 with clubfoot. HRDC boasts an enormous field program staffed by community-based satellite workers who traverse the country seeking children in need of rehabilitations services. Most of the patients they treat in a normal year are recruited through this extensive outreach. Thanks to the broad network of satellite clinics, patients from 77 districts of Nepal can access care, not just those living near the main hospital.
After treatment, HRDC staff help children enroll in or return to school and provide some with vocational training. One training program called Primary Rehabilitation Therapy Training (PRT), recruits young adults interested in a medical career to promote and share accurate information within their communities about clubfoot identification and treatment availability. So far, the program has trained over 600 youth ambassadors.