Crossing Mountains to Treat Clubfoot in Nepal

September 20, 2018

The Hospital for Rehabilitation of Disabled Children (HRDC) began working in Nepal in 1985. Dr. Ashok Banskota, the founder of HRDC, wanted to two girls wearing orthotics, standing side by side in front of a brick wallprovide care for children in Nepal who would not otherwise be able to afford medical treatment. Under his leadership, HRDC treated children with conditions such as cerebral palsy and bone and spinal disorders, provided prosthetics and orthotics, and offered physiotherapy sessions. In 2004, HRDC started treating clubfoot.

In 2015, Dr. Ashok Banskota’s son, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bibek Banskota, took over management of the program his father built. That same year, MiracleFeet began a partnership with HRDC to begin supporting clubfoot treatment in Nepal.

Because of the difficult-to-navigate terrain in Nepal, HRDC developed a strong community outreach program that includes mobile clubfoot clinics. Seventy-one community-based rehabilitation workers who are part of HRDC’s staff go out into the hills and mountains of Nepal to find and treat children with clubfoot. Check out the roads they travel to get to their patients:

Because of the community-based rehabilitation workers’ dedication, HRDC is able to offer 150 days of mobile clinics each year; they treat about 60 percent of patients from the mobile unit. Children who would otherwise not be able to access the medical services needed to treat clubfoot can receive quality Ponseti treatment.

We’re proud to partner with this great organization. Read more stories from Nepal.