In July 2018, MiracleFeet began working with The Straight Child Foundation (TSCF) and Nigeria’s Ministry of Health to improve clubfoot treatment outcomes in the southeastern region. MiracleFeet supports partner clinics with Ponseti training, outreach assistance, and other resources to improve access to quality care. Most communities across Abia, Akwa Ibom, and Anambra States, where MiracleFeet currently supports three clinics, lack easy access to orthopedic care resulting in a high incidence of untreated clubfoot in the region.
The program started in Abia State, expanding into two additional states the following year. MiracleFeet plans is to expand treatment throughout the country given the huge need. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and is estimated to have over 9,000 new clubfoot cases every year.
MiracleFeet provides comprehensive support to the clubfoot program including training providers in the ACT Curriculum and supplying MiracleFeet braces free of charge. By ensuring quality and sustainable care MiracleFeet plans to integrate clubfoot treatment into the existing public healthcare system thus increase access to reach 70% of children born with clubfoot annually by 2030.
Additionally, MiracleFeet works with TSCF to develop outreach activities including small group presentations and home visits to increase awareness and education parents about treatment availability. To monitor and evaluate providers’ treatment quality, the program uses CAST and educates providers on the importance of monitoring and evaluation and data-driven decision making.