Every year, approximately 30,000-35,000 children in India are born with clubfoot. Children with untreated clubfoot face immense challenges as they grow older. Negative stigmas associated with clubfoot often prevent children from receiving an adequate education. Combined with having limited mobility, those with untreated clubfoot often struggle to find employment. Untreated clubfoot is a root cause of life-long disability, poverty, illiteracy, and abuse in India. It is not uncommon to find people with clubfoot begging on the streets of major cities. Cultural attitudes towards mothers who give birth to children with birth defects add to the burden of clubfoot in India. In some communities, superstition trumps medical knowledge. Some believe that clubfoot is caused when pregnant mothers are exposed to the eclipse. Ultimately, women in India can be rejected and spurned for having a child with clubfoot.
India has historically provided poor access to clubfoot treatment. Most children are currently unable to access care and will grow up disabled. However, a simple treatment can fully correct clubfoot at an average cost of Rs.14,000 per child. Known as the Ponseti Method, this treatment is the gold standard of clubfoot management and fully corrects the foot in over 95% of cases. Treatment changes everything for a child – those who had little future are able to walk, run, and play for the rest of their lives.
Our Work in India
MiracleFeet has worked in India since 2011. Initially, MiracleFeet worked in partnership with CURE International India Trust (CIIT) funding over 70 clinics in 14 states, including in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and the 7 Northeast States (Tripura, Mizoram, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya). Through this support, over 13,000 children have been enrolled in treatment in MiracleFeet-supported clinics. MiracleFeet’s partnership with CIIT ended in July 2017 when irreconcilable differences between management style and priorities emerged.
MiracleFeet is in the process of developing our own programs in India, with plans to continue to serve children born with clubfoot through partnerships with state governments, and with selected foundation and trust hospitals that serve low income populations. As MiracleFeet does in all countries, MiracleFeet India will partner with local healthcare providers and will provide funding, organizational support, technical guidance, and innovative monitoring and evaluation processes to expand access to quality clubfoot treatment across India. MiracleFeet will also provide MiracleFeet braces free of charge to all children receiving treatment in MiracleFeet programs. We are very grateful to Tata International’s Bachi Shoes for its generous donation of shoe uppers that make this possible.
In 2014, Kunal Premnarayan led the establishment of MiracleFeet India, headquartered in Mumbai. Kunal, the Group CEO of the ICS Group and board member of MiracleFeet, was born with clubfoot himself and successfully underwent treatment in the 1980s. Officially known as the MiracleFeet Foundation for Eliminating Clubfoot, MiracleFeet India is a registered Indian charity (CIN #: U85191MH2014NPL257833) and tax-exempt 80G organization.
MiracleFeet India has gained the support of leading Indian corporations and foundations, including the JSW Foundation, Bajaj Foundation, Hero Enterprises, Tata Power, Tata Investment Corporation, Tata International, Videocon D2H, Pacific India, and more. The organization has recruited an all-Indian Board of Directors composed of business and medical leaders passionate about tackling the cause of clubfoot.
MiracleFeet India Board of Directors:
- Deepak Premnarayen (Chairman) and Mrs. Neelima Premnarayen – Mr. and Mrs. Premnarayen have been integral to leading the establishment of MiracleFeet in India. Their son, Kunal, was born with clubfoot and successfully treated. Mr. Premnarayen is an experienced entrepreneur who founded the ICS Group in 1998. He holds numerous directorships including with Tata International Limited, has served as President of the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2016-17), and is Chair of the United Nations Womens’ Business Advisory Council in India.
- Kunal Premnarayen – Group CEO of the ICS Group. Kunal was born with clubfoot and successfully treated with the Ponseti Method in India over 40 years ago. He also sits on the board of MiracleFeet in the United States.
- Alaric Aroojis – Consultant Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai
- Anil Sardana – CEO & Managing Director of Tata Power
- Hari Sankaran – Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS)
- Ameya Prabhu – Managing Director of Duesberg Bosson Financial Services
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