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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 ...
Sep 12, 2014

Liberia Update: Joining Together on Ebola and Clubfoot Outreach

Obadiah Before
Obadiah Before

Everyone reading this is likely following the West Africa Ebola crisis. As you might expect, FACORC, our partner organization in Liberia, has had to dramatically reduced their clubfoot clinic activities in its four miraclefeet-supported clinics in order to minimize any risk of Ebola exposure for patients and workers. They are still committed to community outreach about clubfoot and have added Ebola prevention outreach to their existing clubfoot-related education/outreach efforts.

The Liberian Ministry of Health has called upon all humanitarian organizations - including FACORC - to assist with current efforts to stop the spread of Ebola through community education on the prevention of transmission. FACORC and the Liberia Clubfoot Program, under the direction of Augustine Chiewolo, have responded to this request. In addition to providing outreach, miraclefeet received a list from the Ministry of Health of desperately needed supplies for people on the ground in Liberia and together our supporters have raised almost $4,000 to start sending these supplies. Augustine and miraclefeet are working together to send gear such as gloves, hand sanitizer and protective clothing to Liberia for workers there. 

Obadiah was sucessfully treated through casting before the Ebola outbreak started. He is now in the long-term night time bracing phase of Ponseti treatment. At nine, he is now walking on straight feet for the first time and is finally getting the opportunity to attend school.

Please consider donating to our efforts in Liberia today. FACORC is a trusted partner of the Ministry of Health; they are working hard across the country to stop the spread of Ebola while continuing to share information about clubfoot treatment in all of the places where people gather. Our hearts are with our partners at FACORC and their loved ones in this difficult time.

Obadiah After
Obadiah After

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Aug 15, 2014

Update on Ebola Virus in Liberia from FACORC clubfoot clinic

Patients and caregivers outside of FACORC.
Patients and caregivers outside of FACORC.

Our heart goes out to the people of West Africa and the countries that our currently being highly impacted by the Ebola Virus, including Liberia where nearly 300 people have already died from the virus. We wanted to share an update from Augustine Chiewolo, the director of our partner clinic in Liberia, FACORC (Faith Clinical Orthopedic Rehab Center). FACORC is seeing the impact of the declared state of emergency daily. Augustine has confirmed that the outbreak and restrictions are unfortunately affecting their ability to treat new and existing clubfoot patients as travel is restricted, community outreach has been halted and assembling groups of patients is discouraged. Despite these precautions, FACORC’s team continues to treat clubfoot patients who are able to attend clinic and are symptom-free.  They are using precautions to avoid possible contamination and are taking the opportunity to educate families on the spread of Ebola. 

FACORC had a conference call with the Minister of Health last week (August 2014) who said that the state of emergency declared by the president is in effect for at least 90 days and that any hope of repressing the Ebola situation is now beyond the reach of the government of Liberia. As a nation, Liberia is seeking international help and this help has been confirmed over the weekend via the World Health Organization and the announcement of several large foundation grants.
 
We are pleased that the government and large funders have stepped in. We will continue to update you on how to best be supportive of our work there. We encourage you to donate to Global Giving's Ebola campaign for which all donations are currently being matched.
Jul 25, 2014

Silvio's Story

Silvio before treatment.
Silvio before treatment.

When Silvio’s mother found out that her son had clubfoot through an ultrasound, she   researched on-line but wasn’t able to find much information in Spanish. Luckily Ivannia and Silvio live in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city, where she found our partner clubfoot clinic at Hospital Velez Paiz. She was thrilled that her son could access excellent treatment with Dr. Sequeira and Dr. Flores! She also learned valuable information and techniques about bracing from Rebeca, our National Coordinator, and Katherine, our Clinic Assistant. Ivannia was grateful that she could access reliable information and help in her own language. She is thankful that this support was available close to her home, and is glad that miraclefeet plans to expand to the Atlantic coast so that no child born with clubfoot in Nicaragua goes untreated. As for Silvio, he is learning how to kick a soccer ball and loves to play on his kid-sized motorcycle. This is only possible because his feet are now corrected!

Silvio after treatment.
Silvio after treatment.

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