World Clubfoot Day
World Clubfoot Day is celebrated annually on June 3rd to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, the developer of the Ponseti Method. This non-surgical, inexpensive, and incredibly effective clubfoot treatment ultimately made it possible for MiracleFeet to treat a leading birth defect inexpensively and effectively on a global scale.
This year, our global partners will mark World Clubfoot Day with awareness-raising and advocacy events. The day is also a chance for hundreds of thousands of families around the world to celebrate the medical breakthrough that enabled their children to live active, health lives.
World Clubfoot Day 2021
Our partners in Latin America are planning activities and presentations, organizing branded t-shirts for partner and clinic staff, ordering pillows for the youngest patients, and decorating the clinics.
Our partner in Somalia is organizing a breakfast for ten children (and their families) who recently finished treatment or who are just beginning. The event will be an opportunity for families to meet and learn from each other, and to share about their clubfoot journeys.
The Uganda team is hosting an event in Fort Portal featuring a speech by the director of the hospital and activities demonstrating the stages of treatment and how it works.
World Clubfoot Day 2020
The Liberia Clubfoot Program has introduced Ponseti as a case study for midwives and nursing students at the Faith College of Professional Studies in Monrovia. This initiative will be shared with country officials during the World Clubfoot Day celebration in hopes of expanding the experience to the national level.
With a possible third wave of COVID looming, small events were organized in each zone in Tanzania which include guest speeches and treatment demonstrations. Branded t-shirts will be distributed and the local press have been invited to cover the events.
In South Sudan, a mother’s meeting will assemble several mothers whose children were born with clubfoot and who are now in different stages of treatment or fully treated. The testimonies will be recorded and used for awareness raising throughout the year.
Each year, many clubfoot families and honor World Clubfoot Day by raising awareness and support through the power of social media. Every $500 raised provides complete clubfoot treatment for one child.
To get started, pick a platform to host your fundraiser:
People power our movement, raising 75 percent of the funds needed to reach the more than 55,000 lives MiracleFeet has changed so far. Hosting a fundraiser is a great way to support our global work to ensure no child grows up with this treatable disability.