In November 2016, MiracleFeet reached a major milestone: treating 20,000 children with clubfoot in our partner clinics throughout the world. Now, less than two years later, we are pleased to announce that over 30,000 children have been enrolled in quality Ponseti treatment in 25 countries.
A lot has happened since 2010 when founder and Executive Director Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld joined with clubfoot parents Roger and Bridget Ryan Berman to create MiracleFeet. In August 2018 alone, nearly 700 children began treatment, which more children than MiracleFeet helped treat in its first year!
In the nearly two years since we gave an update on our progress at 20,000 kids treated, MiracleFeet has expanded its presence throughout the world. MiracleFeet-sponsored clinics are now found in Republic of the Congo, Mali, Senegal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia, Nigeria, Uganda, and Vietnam. We implemented a mobile app, CAST, thanks to a $1M grant from Google.org; the final version was rolled out in Liberia, one of the lowest-resource countries in the world. We’ve been featured in the New York Times – twice – by journalist Nicholas Kristof. New York-based ad agency GSW has created award-winning print and video campaigns to help us tell the story of clubfoot treatment in a powerful and compelling way.
We’ve also shared countless patient stories, like Ashley from Nicaragua who kept coming to treatment even after an earthquake destroyed the hospital where she’d been treated; and Maycol in Guatemala, whose mother carried him an hour and a half on her back just to walk from their remote village to catch a bus to the clinic. Children like Ashley and Maycol are more than patient numbers counted; they are examples of the transformative power of awareness and access in healthcare. We look forward to treating another 30,000 children like them, and beyond.