Today, over 2 million children are marginalized by the devastating consequences of a severe yet preventable disability. Known as clubfoot, it affects 175,000 babies every year, but only 20% of children in low-income countries receive the treatment routinely provided at birth elsewhere. This solvable problem—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 at scale. $100 million will mobilize an unprecedented effort to end this historically neglected issue. Over 5 years, we will build national treatment systems in 11 of the highest-need countries, addressing 50% of the world’s clubfoot problem. By creating local capacity in these countries to prevent this extreme disability for years to come 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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Thousands of children were in the middle of treatment at MiracleFeet-supported clinics when the emerging pandemic forced us to halt care in most countries. Since then, many clinics worldwide have begun to resume clubfoot treatment services at an impressive yet safe pace, and as a result, programs are operating at 70% of standard clinic capacity—up from 10% during the initial closures—and continuing to rise. This once-in-a-lifetime crisis has highlighted the stark health inequities children with disabilities face, and in response, MiracleFeet has accelerated its innovative technology projects—including an SMS communication system to connect with guardians—to mitigate challenges associated with the pandemic and to ensure children are reconnected to care as soon as possible. The focus of MiracleFeet’s proposal has not shifted, but if funded, MiracleFeet would incorporate additional activities to address the increasing numbers of relapsed cases and the backlog of patients still waiting for highly anticipated care.
Racial and Ethnic Injustice Response
Clubfoot is a chronically neglected condition in low- and middle-income countries, where people of color are disproportionately impacted by lack of access to treatment, resulting in lifelong disability, stigma, and unemployment, and often contributing to cycles of intergenerational poverty. MiracleFeet exists to bring high-quality treatment for this condition—the very same treatment that is widely available in wealthy countries—to vulnerable children worldwide. We are committed to dismantling this healthcare access inequity, and our mission is structured around a model of local capacity-building and empowerment to ensure that we do not perpetuate racial inequity through colonial or patronizing systems. How we work is as important as what we accomplishment—our proposed work will build on our core values of collaboration, integrity, ambition, and justice to uplift people, voices, ideas, and policies that create opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable.