Uganda

2,148
New Cases Per Year
3,777
All-time Enrolled
30
MiracleFeet Clinics

MiracleFeet works in partnership with Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CoRSU) Hospital in 21 clinics across Uganda to raise awareness about clubfoot treatment, provide supplies, and conduct training and mentoring programs.

Uganda was the first country in the world to start a national clubfoot program based on public health principles. Started in 1999, the program received funding from Rotary clubs around the world. The Canadian government also helped fund the program’s expansion and encouraged additional research on effective clubfoot treatment. However, when the Canadian funding ran out, the program encountered difficulties. Several clinics stopped treating clubfoot and others faced serious challenges due to lack of provider training, supportive supervision, and supplies. Parents of children in treatment had to buy their own supplies, including abduction braces, which caused the dropout rate to skyrocket. 

In 2017 MiracleFeet stepped in to reenergize the national program. Much of the previous program’s infrastructure still existed which helped expedite growth. The Uganda program utilizes many trainings which were originally developed in neighboring Tanzania, such as parent education and supportive supervisor. The African Clubfoot Training (ACT) curricula was very well-received in Uganda and several skilled ACT trainers are providing training throughout West Africa. The CAST smartphone system for data collection was introduced in Uganda in 2018 and is an extremely useful tool to store patient data, track treatment progress, and monitor clinic performance. Most clubfoot clinics in the country are in government hospitals and the Ministry of Health provides the space and the staff.

The Ugandan Team that Changed Clubfoot Treatment

Media Coverage

Burden of Untreated Clubfoot Expected to Rise – MOH

Clinics

Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala
CoRSU Hospital, Kisubi
Jinja
Mbarara
Fort Portal
Gulu
Ishaka University Hospital
Itojo
Kabale
Kagando
Kalongo
Lira
Mbale
Soroti
Bidibidi
Nakeseke
Moroto
Mubende
Luwero
Hoima
Adjumani
Arua
Bugiri
Kalisizo
Kayunga
Kisoro
Masindi
Nebbi
Rukungiri
Tororo
CRP Mirpur
Diabetic Association, Faridpur
Diabetic Association Hospital, Chapai Nawabganj
Diabetic Hospital, College Road, Gaibandha
Diabetic Somity Gazipur, Diagnostic and Consultation Center, Gazipur
Friendship Specialized Hospitals & Digital Diagnostic Center, Matuail
Health-Aid Diag. & Consult. Center, Moulvibazar
Khulna Diabetic Hospital, Nur Nagar
LAMB Hospital, Parbotipur, Dinajpur
Medica Diagnostic Centre, Mymensingh
Medinova Medical Services Ltd. Tangail Branch, Sabalia Roadr, Tangail
Mujibur Rahman Memorial Diabetic Hospital, Kushtia
Narsingdi Diabetic and General Hospital, Baniachal, Norsingdi
North Bengal Medical College Hospital, J.C. Road, Sirajganj
Nurjehan Selim Niramoy Hospital, College Road, Madaripur
Pabna Diabetic Swamiti Hospital
Patuakhali Diabetic Hospital, Patuakhali
Prime Lab and Hospital, Naogaon
Prime Medical College Hospital
Rajshahi Diabetic Association Hospital, Jhuatala, Laximpur, Rajshahi
Rotary Health Center, 49, MujibSorak, Jashore
Sabalamby Hospital – Netrakona
Satkhira Diabetic Hospital, Satkhira
The Lab Aid Hospital, Hobiganj
Trauma Center Bangladesh, Mirpur Road, Shyamoli
Zia Health Complex Ltd, Bazrapur Road, Jamalpur