miraclefeet provides proper, non-surgical treatment for children born with clubfoot in Nicaragua. By partnering with local health care providers to establish and support clubfoot clinics within the existing public health system, miraclefeet pioneers an efficient and sustainable approach to preventing the significant disability caused by this common birth defect. miraclefeet can fully treat a child with clubfoot for about $250, transforming his or her life forever.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Clubfoot occurs in 1 of 750 births in Nicaragua. An estimated 1,000 children live with untreated clubfoot in Nicaragua, with 130 additional children born with clubfoot each year. Without proper treatment, children walk with great difficulty, making clubfoot one of the leading causes of permanent disability in Nicaragua. Children with untreated clubfoot in Nicaragua often go without treatment, never going to school or becoming active members of their communities.
How will this project solve this problem?
miraclefeet provides materials, clubfoot braces, parent education, patient follow-up, and training in Nicaragua to ensure high-quality Ponseti treatment. miraclefeet currently supports clinics in Managua and Leon with over 200 children already in treatment, including older children with neglected clubfoot. miraclefeet has plans to partner with 2 more clinics within the next 12 months in order to provide accessible treatment to children all over the country.
Potential Long Term Impact
Proper clubfoot treatment prevents permanent disability. The 270 children treated will become active members of their society rather than being hidden away, giving them possibilities to go to school, work and be productive and active community members. In addition to changing the futures of these children, supporting Ponseti treatment is establishing the Ponseti Method as the preferred clubfoot treatment, providing a long-term solution for future children born with clubfoot.
Total Funding Received to Date: $810
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,190
Total Funding Goal: $5,000