Our Work in India
MiracleFeet India is currently operating/managing a state-wide clubfoot program in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, and a clubfoot program at B.J. Wadia Hospital for Children, the largest clubfoot clinic in Maharahstra. We are in active discussions with several other states and are looking to expand our role in this country.
Uttar Pradesh State Clubfoot Program
In July 2018, a new agreement between MiracleFeet India and the Uttar Pradesh National Health Mission officially launched MiracleFeet India’s independent management of eight clubfoot clinics in India’s most populous state. An estimated 7,000 children are born with clubfoot in Uttar Pradesh every year, making it a leading cause of physical disability. MiracleFeet India is a stand-alone nonprofit with its own Board of Directors. The team is focused on raising all funds needed for India in India with plans to reach 70% of all children born with clubfoot in here within the next five years. In July 2018, Suresh Subramanian was named Executive Director of MiracleFeet India, with Dr. Alaric Aroojis as Medical Director (see the full team here). 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.
Our clubfoot program is run in partnership with the Uttar Pradesh’s Department of Family Welfare, Department of Medical Education, and National Health Mission. Under the agreement, children receive free treatment at select district hospitals and medical colleges. A partnership with Tata International’s Bachi Shoes provides free foot abduction braces to all children. Clinic space, orthpedic surgeons, and healthcare professionals come from the State of Uttar Pradesh and MiracleFeet funds and manages support staff to educate and follow up with families. We also provide training, technical and organizational guidance with innovative monitoring and evaluation tools.
Uttar Pradesh Clinic Locations:
- Baba Raghav Das Medical College, Gorakhpur
- Lala Lajpat Rai Medical College, Meerut
- Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Medical College, Kanpur
- Sarojani Naidu Medical College, Agra
- Mothilal Nehru Medical College, Allahabad
- Rani Laxmi Bai Medical College, Jhansi
- District Hospital, Gautam Budd Nagar
- District Hospital, Allahabad
Wadia Clubfoot Program
In August 2018, MiracleFeet India entered into a new agreement with Wadia Hospital to operate and manage the hospital’s clubfoot clinic. Under the agreement, children will receive free clubfoot treatment at Wadia Hospital as well as MiracleFeet foot abduction braces. MiracleFeet India 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 partnership with Wadia Hospital started in 2011 with the introduction of an onsite clubfoot clinic. The hospital provides clubfoot treatment free of charge to families who need it using the Ponseti method. The partnership expanded in 2016 when MiracleFeet partnered with Wadia Hospital and the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay to conduct a brace sensor study that would provide data to help improve treatment outcomes. Sensors were inserted into clubfoot braces of Wadia patients and collected data on how often the brace is worn and for how long. Results from this prospective clinical trial are expected to be available in 2019.
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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 were 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 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.