Health
 Nicaragua
Project #12358

Support Clubfoot Treatment for 270 Children

by miraclefeet
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Summary

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.
$5,000
total goal
$3,790
remaining
14
donors
0
monthly donors
3
years active

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.

Solution

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.

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.

Resources

http:/​/​www.miraclefeet.org
miraclefeet
miraclefeet in Nicaragua
miraclefeet Blog
miraclefeet Facebook

Organization Information

miraclefeet

Location: Carborro, North Carolina - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.miraclefeet.org
Project Leader:
Janeen Gingrich
Director of Fundraising
Carrboro, NC United States

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