The World’s Extreme Health Inequities Have Never Been More Apparent. Clubfoot Is One We Can Solve.

December 17, 2021

As the reality of a global pandemic set in, we worried that our ability to deliver quality clubfoot treatment could suffer as health priorities shifted. Indeed, global health agencies continue to produce grim reports on backsliding progress against malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis as fragile health systems struggle with Covid. In contrast, we have a remarkably positive story to tell.

Our work continued and our partnerships in 29 countries reached more children with treatment for clubfoot than any year prior.

Despite our progress, far too many families still must overcome extraordinary barriers—geographic, financial, social—to access a relatively simple treatment. About 150,000 babies every year receive inadequate or no treatment at all. Since 2001, for every child born with clubfoot in a low- or middle-income country who received the Ponseti method, 10 or more have not.

Finding this care shouldn’t be a matter of luck.

Access to medical, educational, and protective services that ensure children with disabilities achieve their full physical, intellectual, and social potential is a right. Vast inequities threaten many human rights today—but for clubfoot, this is a gap we know how to close. Along with dozens of local and global organizations, MiracleFeet has proven that the Ponseti method can be safely and effectively delivered anywhere on earth and reach populations at scale.

MiracleFeet’s network of care spans the globe: over 650 locally trained physiotherapists, casting technicians, In MiracleFeet’s next 10 years, we are resolved to advocate for and advance the government leadership and global partnerships needed to bring this essential care closer to communities, embedded in national health systems, so that all children benefit from a life-changing medical innovation widely available in wealthy countries. Universal screening and treatment after birth would mean that, in just a decade, over 2 million children would walk free of its disability.

Since our founding, MiracleFeet and partners have helped over 62,000 children receive quality clubfoot treatment. This impact is made possible by a passionate, committed, and creative network of donors, staff, partners, and colleagues around the world.

Together, we are reaching those most at risk of being left behind with the treatment they need to experience independence and opportunity for life.

Thank you for making this a reality.

Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld & Daphne de Souza Lima Sorensen

Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld
Co-Founder & CEO

Driven by the idea that a newly accepted low-cost, non-surgical treatment could have extraordinary impact on the lives of children born with clubfoot in low…

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Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld

Co-Founder & CEO

Driven by the idea that a newly accepted low-cost, non-surgical treatment could have extraordinary impact on the lives of children born with clubfoot in low and middle income countries, Chesca co-founded MiracleFeet in 2010. She successfully built on experience in investment banking, management consulting and technology start-ups to refashion herself as a social entrepreneur.

Originally from England, Chesca grew up in Africa and Asia, and has lived and worked in Pakistan, Ecuador, UK and US. She first became interested in clubfoot while working at The University of Iowa, where the Ponseti Method was pioneered. Drawn to the opportunity to have an impact on children’s lives in some of the countries where she had grown up, she joined a small group of parents and surgeons interested in creating an organization to address the long-overlooked issue of untreated clubfoot.

She studied economics and political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar, and later earned an MBA from Stanford University.

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Daphne Sorensen
President

Daphne de Souza Lima Sorensen has 20 years’ experience in international development, social justice and child and human rights, leading teams across Latin America and…

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Daphne Sorensen

President

Daphne de Souza Lima Sorensen has 20 years’ experience in international development, social justice and child and human rights, leading teams across Latin America and Africa. She oversees global operations and staff, adding strategic leadership capacity to MiracleFeet’s growing team and impact.

Daphne joined MiracleFeet from the Lumos Foundation, where she served as regional director for Latin America & Caribbean programs. For more than a decade prior, she held leadership roles at Save the Children—as country director in Bolivia and provincial program manager in Mozambique—and CARE as program coordinator in Brazil. She has also lived and worked in Uganda, Angola, Guatemala, Panama, and El Salvador.

Born in Brazil, Daphne grew up in Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and United States and is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. She earned her master’s degree in Leadership from Duquesne University and bachelor’s in International Studies and Development and Economics from American University.

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