Brazil – The Work Continues! – PART II

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miraclefeet’s Lauren Wall & Chesca Colloredo are pictured here with clubfoot patient, Nathalyn, (pictured in pink) with her grateful mother and grandmother

By Chesca Colloredo – Managing Director, miraclefeet

Continued from our visit on Monday to HU-USP in Brazil, Dr. Ferriera wants to work on reducing the time it takes for children born with clubfoot to get referred to her clinic.  It is currently a multi-step, bureaucratic process.  We had hoped to meet with the director of the hospital to get her support and input around this initiative, but she was called away at the last minute for Ministry of Health meetings.  We hope to catch her on Friday when we are back in Sao Paulo.

To that end, miraclefeet's program in Sao Paulo is small, but a great model for how to implement an effective clinic.  We talked about the need to identify and support additional clinics in the four other regions of the city since Dr. Ferreira’s clinic can really only serve the western part of Sao Paulo.  She suggested contacting Dr. Alejandro Lorenco.  A quick phone call found him to be enthusiastic and interested in meeting with us on Friday when we are back in the city.  Events like this show the value of local partnerships and in basing our program around committed local champions who can help us navigate the best path to long term sustainability. 

Stay tuned for more updates!