Importance of free clubfoot treatment in Maharashtra
A recently published article shed light about girls in Maharashtra State in India being named Nakushi, which means “unwanted” in a local language, Marathi. A district health officer said “So strong is the desire for a male child that these girls are called Nakushi, without any proper naming ceremony.”
For girls with clubfoot born into these situations, their futures can be grim. Many of the 222 girls named Nakushi in Maharashtra were born into poor families. For poor families, paying for clubfoot treatment is impossible. If left untreated, clubfoot can prevent children from walking and thus, going to school. They risk living their lives in shame and humiliation.
miraclefeet has launched a new clubfoot initiative in Maharashtra State India. miraclefeet targeted Maharashtra due to the very large population living in Mumbai as well the other major cities, and the very limited availability of proper clubfoot treatment in public hospitals. miraclefeet is working in Maharashtra through a joint venture with CURE International India Trust. The goal in Maharashtra is to initially establish clubfoot clinics in 7 public hospitals (or hospitals serving low income populations for free) with the expectation that over 250 children will be enrolled in the first 6 months.
To learn more about our program in Maharasthra, our other programs around the world, and how to help, visit our website.
Recently, one of our donors shared this report with us - click on the title above or here to read it. 80% of clubfoot cases occur in developing countries and most of these children are either left untreated or receive substandard care. Neglected clubfoot is one of the most frequent causes of physical disability worldwide and this report shows the risks of abuse untreated clubfoot children can face.
Did you know that clubfoot is one of the leading causes of disability in the developing world? This report shows how children with disabilities can be victimized by abuse - yet another reason to support miraclefeet.
miraclefeet currently has a presence in 4 countries and is teamed with a network of clinics in each that provide free treatment to children with clubfoot using the Ponseti Method. The Ponseti method is uniquely suited for use in these countries because there is no surgery required and the technique can be taught to therapists, orthopaedic assistants, and other health care providers. This treatment is economical and easy on the infant, and when implemented correctly, will significantly increase the quality of life among children with clubfoot and can prevent the abuse this report explores.
Thank you for your support of miraclefeet - your support improves the quality of life and protects these children!
Children's shoe store gives gift of walking to clubfoot patients
Since their founding in 2004, children’s shoe company See Kai Run has been committed to helping children by giving back to the community on a local, national and global level. See Kai Run donates 5% of their yearly profits to charities serving children.
One of See Kai Run’s little shoes models, Christian, was born with clubfoot, and was treated with the Ponseti Method. Now at three years old, he runs, jumps and plays with all of the other models during their photoshoots Inspired by Christian, See Kai Run decided to support miraclefeet with the proceeds of their t-shirt sales. Their contribution helps children around the world have futures as bright as Christian’s!
If you’d like to learn more about giving the gift of walking, visit our Donate page!