Prior to MiracleFeet’s support, most children born with clubfoot in The Gambia grew up disabled and without hope of treatment. MiracleFeet conducted a needs assessment in 2018 which confirmed there was no comprehensive clubfoot treatment program and very few children were treated due to lack of infrastructure and inadequate number of trained providers. The treatment that was available was cost-prohibitive for most patients.
Soon after the needs assessment, MiracleFeet and Gambia Clubfoot Foundation (GCF) began working together to create a comprehensive clubfoot program. This included technical and financial assistance to strengthen local healthcare professional’s capacity, provide treatment supplies including the MiracleFeet brace, ensure parent education and community awareness, and build early detection and referral pathway between maternity wards and clubfoot clinics. Clubfoot treatment providers also receive basic and advanced courses and training of trainers using the ACT curriculum.
GCF’s efforts include an outreach team that visits communities and villages to raise awareness about clubfoot and the availability of treatment. The program started at two hospitals and has plans to expand nationwide to cover all regions of the country.