Health
 Liberia
Project #10956

Help 40 Liberian Children Walk

by miraclefeet
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Summary

This project will help 40 Liberian children walk by providing treatment for boys and girls born with clubfoot, the leading birth defect in developing countries. By partnering with local health care workers to establish clubfoot clinics within the existing health care system, miraclefeet provides a sustainable and affordable solution for clubfoot treatment. Your donation will help give these children a new chance at life by giving them the gift of walking.
$10,000
total goal
$5,125
remaining
71
donors
0
monthly donors
3
years active

Challenge

Clubfoot is one of the most common congenital birth defects, which causes one or both feet to turn inward and downward, and 1 out of every 750 children is born with clubfoot. Left untreated, clubfoot causes permanent disability, neglect, humiliation and little opportunity to live a fulfilling life - and yet, it is easily and affordably treated without surgery. In Liberia, only 5% of children born with clubfoot are treated. Your support will treat children born with clubfoot in Liberia so they ca

Solution

The miraclefeet-supported FACORC clinic in Monrovia, Liberia is the only Ponseti clubfoot clinic in the country. The Ponseti Method is an effective, non-surgical treatment, endorsed by the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics as the gold standard for treating clubfoot. By investing in a local Non-Governmental Organization, training health workers in Liberia, and supporting a local clinic, this project is increasing access to treatment for all children born with clubf

Long-Term Impact

By partnering with FACORC, miraclefeet is solving the problem in a sustainable manner. We are developing local professionals, investing in a local institution and working with the Ministry of Health to create a network of locally-run clinics that treat clubfoot so that Liberia is left with a sustainable solution to the problem of clubfoot. The goal is to add two additional clinics in populous towns to provide sufficient capacity to treat all clubfoot cases in Liberia on an on-going basis.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

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Organization Information

miraclefeet

Location: Carborro, North Carolina - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.miraclefeet.org
Project Leader:
Heather Barnes
Carrboro, NC United States

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