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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 ...
Dec 12, 2013

Raising awareness about clubfoot in Liberia!

Raising awareness - miraclefeet t-shirt on right!
Raising awareness - miraclefeet t-shirt on right!

FACORC, our partner organization in Liberia, is working hard to spread awareness about clubfoot to the general public there. These are some photos from the outing of the FACORC team talking to people about clubfoot in a marketplace in Monrovia. FACORC now has over 230 children with clubfoot enrolled in treatment and is holding more regular clinics to meet the public's demand for services. We are excited to report that FACORC is also working with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to launch a national clubfoot program in Janury 2014.

miraclefeet has partnered with the Faith Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center (FACORC), a not-for-profit organization, since June 2012. FACORC was established in March 2011 in Monrovia, Liberia to provide treatment to clubfoot patients using the Ponseti Method. FACORC is the only institution in Liberia treating children for free with the Ponseti Method. 

"Clubfoot can be treated and it looks like this."
"Clubfoot can be treated and it looks like this."
Stopping to hear about clubfoot.
Stopping to hear about clubfoot.

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Oct 7, 2013

Program Update: Liberia for FY 2013

Director of FACORC with two babies with clubfoot.
Director of FACORC with two babies with clubfoot.

miraclefeet’s partnership with Faith Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center (FACORC) in Liberia began in August 2013 after Dr. Augustine Chiewolo received training from Ponseti International Association (PIA) in Iowa. miraclefeet funds most of the operating costs of the FACORC clubfoot program, although the FACORC team generously volunteer their time. 180 children have been enrolled in treatment since miraclefeet started providing financial support to FACORC. Two trainings by PIA-endorsed providers were held for health care workers and lay advocates and discussions have been held with at least 5 hospitals and clinics to create additional satellite clinics around the country. FACORC provides extensive community outreach program via radio publicity, newspaper articles and the training of community outreach workers. FACORC recently engaged in discussions with government officials from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and received positive responses for developing a national program. The plan is to open three more rural clinics over the next year. We estimate that over 1,000 children total are living with untreated clubfoot in Liberia. We want to make that number a ZERO!

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Oct 7, 2013

Allan in Nicaragua

Allan playing w/ a balloon at the clubfoot clinic
Allan playing w/ a balloon at the clubfoot clinic

Allan was the second patient at the miraclefeet-supported clubfoot clinic within the public hospital in Leon, Nicaragua. He came in for casting for the first time in May 2012. Our U.S. staff had the chance to meet Allan and his parents at the Leon clinic this month. His mom told us she had researched the Ponseti method after taking Allan to a doctor at a different hospital who was doing short casts on him. She felt they were not correcting his clubfoot and that the doctor she had been going to must not have been trained in Ponseti, the gold standard treatment for children with clubfoot. She soon found out about the miraclefeet-supported clinic at the public hospital and brought him there instead. Allan is now nine months old and is lively, smiley and on his feet!

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