Today, more than two million children are marginalized by the devastating consequences of a severe yet preventable disability. Known as clubfoot, it affects 175,000 babies every year globally, but only 20 percent of children in low-income countries receive the treatment routinely provided elsewhere at birth. This solvable condition—a root cause of poverty—has fallen through the cracks of global development. A $500 solution changes the course of a child’s life forever, yet no one is funding it on a broad scale.
$100 million will mobilize an unprecedented effort to end this historically neglected issue. Over five years, MiracleFeet will build national treatment systems in 11 of the highest-need countries, addressing 50 percent of the world’s clubfoot cases. By creating local capacity to prevent this extreme disability in these countries and designing a roadmap for other countries to follow, millions of children will have the opportunity to achieve their dreams through lasting mobility.
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Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, MiracleFeet continues to make major contributions to the growth, innovation, and quality of clubfoot treatment worldwide. In 2020 we expanded our network of clinics by 40 percent, launched programs in two additional countries, and saw remarkable increases in treatment coverage prior to the pandemic. MiracleFeet also reached the incredible milestone of enrolling 50,000 children in clubfoot treatment since the organization was founded in 2010.
Our focus on technology and data has been critical to our work to scale up access to high-quality clubfoot treatment in the highest-need countries this year. Real-time data from our program management tool, CAST, helped us navigate the shocks of COVID and tailor partner support and treatment protocols based on local realities. In addition, our digital training curricula for clubfoot treatment developed and piloted in the past year—ACT Online—already is filling a critical training gap amid social distancing requirements and travel restrictions.