miraclefeet

Approximately 1 million children in the world live with clubfoot, making it one of the most common congenital birth defects. Clubfoot not only results in a life of disability, but also a dramatic decrease in earning potential, which almost certainly results in an impoverished life. Clubfoot is a curable disease, and thanks to the Ponseti Method, now considered to be the gold standard in clubfoot treatment, it can be treated without invasive surgery and at very low cost. miraclefeet partners with Ponseti International and organizations like CURE International to establish clubfoot clinics in some of the most impoverished regions of the world. At miraclefeet we are dedicated to providing free ...

miraclefeet
605 West Main St.
Suite 107
Carborro, North Carolina 27510
United States
9192405572
http://www.miraclefeet.org

Management Team

Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, Lauren Wall, Anne Pope, Janeen Gingrich, Leslie Loyd

Board of Directors

Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, Roger Berman, Bridget Berman, Joshua Hyman, Jennifer Tye, Steve Sadove

Project Leaders

Janeen Gingrich

Mission

Approximately 1 million children in the world live with clubfoot, making it one of the most common congenital birth defects. Clubfoot not only results in a life of disability, but also a dramatic decrease in earning potential, which almost certainly results in an impoverished life. Clubfoot is a curable disease, and thanks to the Ponseti Method, now considered to be the gold standard in clubfoot treatment, it can be treated without invasive surgery and at very low cost. miraclefeet partners with Ponseti International and organizations like CURE International to establish clubfoot clinics in some of the most impoverished regions of the world. At miraclefeet we are dedicated to providing free healthcare to the most marginalized reaches of society. Our goals are to provide funding to establish clubfoot clinics and in cooperation with Ponseti International train local doctors to treat the disease. miraclefeet seeks to set up networks of clinics and in country brace workshops that provide the base infrastructure required to create sustainable national clubfoot programs, that will be able to reach farther and eradicate this curable disease. For about $250 miraclefeet can give a child the ability to walk. This has huge benefits not only to the overall quality of life for the child, as instead of living with a severe handicap they will in all respects live a normal life, but also to the earning potential of that child as they grow up. If clubfoot is not treated, it is highly likely that the child will live in a state of poverty for their entire life, if it is treated they will have the same capacity to go and work that any other individual does. This also has huge benefits on the state as each person treated by miraclefeet is one less person that will seek state support and be a crutch on the economic and health systems.

Programs

miraclefeet supports 25 clubfoot clinics in Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil and India. miraclefeet hopes to expand its international reach this year in Zimbabwe, southern Africa, and additional countries in Latin America. In Central and South America, miraclefeet partners directly with doctors working in public hospitals. In India our work is through a partnership with CURE India Trust who is responsible for management of the clinics. Miraclefeet currently supports three clinics in Brazil: HU-USP in Sao Paulo, Hospital da Baleia in Belo Horizone, and Hospital Martagao in Salvador. We are hoping to add 3-6 new clinics in Northeastern Brazil and Sao Paulo this year. Miraclefeet supports eight clinics in Mexico in the cities of Guadalajara, Merida, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chihuahua, Monterrey (2) and Mexico City. These clinics are growing substantially. Miraclefeet currently supports one clinic in Nicaragua at Hospital Velez Paiz in Managua and are in the process of launching three new clinics in Esteli, Leon, Juigalpa. These clinics should be fully operational in June. Miraclefeet supports 15 clinics in India in partnership with CURE India Trust and the Maharashtra State Ministry of Health. Additionally we are planning on expanding into two new provinces in India and will begin funding two well established CURE clinics in New Delhi before the end of this calendar year. We currently have about 450 children in treatment. About 90% of these are entered into the miraclefeet International Clubfoot Registry (PIA's clubfoot patient database). Some clinics struggle with entering data and we are working to modify the database to make data entry less of a burden. We also offer paper alternatives to those who lack access to internet/computers.

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