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.
In June 2018, MiracleFeet entered into a tri-party agreement with The National Health Mission and The Department of Family Welfare in Uttar Pradesh. Starting July 1st, MiracleFeet India will support and manage 8 clubfoot treatment clinics across India’s most populous state, with plans to expand to 18 clinics in the first year. The clubfoot program will be run in partnership with the Uttar Pradesh’s Department of Family Welfare, Department of Medical Education, and National Health Mission. Under the agreement, children will receive free treatment at select district hospitals and medical colleges. A partnership with Tata International’s Bachi Shoes is supporting the provision of free foot abduction braces to all children. The State of Uttar Pradesh will provide the orthopedic surgeons and healthcare professionals, as well as the space for the clinics. MiracleFeet will fund and manage support staff to educate and follow up with families, and will provide training, technical and organizational guidance, and innovative monitoring and evaluation tools. MiracleFeet’s goal is to ensure that every child born with clubfoot in Uttar Pradesh has access to quality treatment. An estimated 7,000 children are born with clubfoot in Uttar Pradesh every year, making it a leading cause of physical disability in the state.
Every year, approximately 30,000-35,000 children across 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.
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.
In 2018, Suresh Subramanian was named Executive Director of MiracleFeet India, with Dr. Alaric Aroojis as Medical Director. 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.
- Dr. Alaric Aroojis – Consultant Pediatric Orthopedic surgeon at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai
- Anil Sardana – Managing Director and Chief Executive of Adani Transmissions
- 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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