The World’s Extreme Health Inequities Have Never Been More Apparent. Clubfoot Is One We Can Solve.
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.
- Almost all patients whose treatment was interrupted in 2020 by COVID are back in care.
- Over 50% of all babies with clubfoot are beginning treatment within a year of birth in Liberia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Nicaragua, and Paraguay.
- We added 56 clinics to a growing global network of health facilities delivering services and entered a new country, Sierra Leone.
- Countries known for having especially weak health systems, like Madagascar, Mali and Somalia, were still able to deliver stellar treatment quality despite the additional challenges imposed by Covid.
2021 Impact Report
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.
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-MansfeldStrategic Advisor (USA)
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…Read More
Daphne de Souza Lima SorensenChief Executive Officer (USA)
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…Read More