Last Updated:  08/03/2021

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Project Pitch By: Cure International India Trust

 

Proposed Project Title


Happy Feet for Clubfoot Children

 

Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Hospital infrastructure, medical camps, surgeries, healthcare awareness & rehabilitation

Project Synopsis

Clubfoot is a congenital deformity that severely twists the foot downward and inward, making walking difficult or impossible. For correcting a clubfoot feet there is a designated treatment procedure stage through which every child has to go through. The casting phase is also called the "correction phase." When this initial stage is completed, a visible change can be observed in the feet of the child. These children require to wear braces (special shoes) to maintain the correction of the feet and to prevent them from a permanent disability. At Cure International India Trust (CIIT) every child is provided with these braces. Till date CIIT has been able to create 70000 happy feet and we hope to create many more
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
below INR 0.3 Cr
Proposed Location
Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat,Companies

Project Status
Proposed
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): PWDs
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 500 -1000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Clubfoot is a birth defect that makes one or both of a baby’s foot downward point down and inwards making walking difficult or impossible. Surgery being the traditional method for treatment of clubfoot, had few loop holes. This is when orthopedic surgeons from around the adopted the Ponseti method of Clubfoot treatment. The Ponseti method is done in two phrases:

  • The casting phase which gradually moves the foot to the correct position (manipulation/ correcting stage)
  • The bracing phase, which makes sure it stays there ( bracing/ long term follow-up stage)


Casting by an orthopaedic surgeon who has been trained in the Ponseti method usually starts when a baby is a week or two old, and lasts for 5 to 7 weeks. When the foot is in its final, correct position, the baby is fitted with a brace. The casting phase is also called the "correction phase." When this initial stage is completed, a visible change can be observed in the feet of the child. But as we know a child's body undergoes continuous growth and development. Hence, it becomes very important for maintaining the flexibility of the feet. And a child's feet grows very quickly in the initial growing stage . Hence, these children require to wear braces (special shoes) to maintain the correction of the feet and to prevent them from a permanent disability. Therefore, the brace is as important as the series of casts. The brace keeps the corrected foot growing like it should. If the brace isn't worn as directed, the high risk of relapse occurs . Then, the child has to start all over again, beginning with another casting phase. The braces that are used in CIIT clubfoot clinics are Steenbeek Foot Abduction Braces. Over 70,000 children have used and are still using these braces in the process of their treatment. The bracing phase generally last 2 to 5 years. A child wears the brace all the time (except during baths) for about 3 months, and then only during naps and at night after that.


People with disabilities (PWDs) are trained and employed by CIIT to make Foot Abduction Braces in their workshop in Delhi. An average of 2500 braces are produced every month and these braces are distributed across all the 324 clubfoot clinics spread across all the 29 states in India. In every clinic , an average of 50-70 braces are stored always so that any child who require any size of brace is available. This help parents to complete their routine visit in one go.

 
 

Salient Features

  1. Preventing a child from permanent disability
  2. Foot abduction braces to every clubfoot child
  3. Permanent Feet correction
 

About Cure International India Trust

CURE International India Trust (CIIT) has been working for over 10 years providing treatment to children born with clubfoot through affordable and effective non-surgical interventions. Using the Ponseti Technique it has effectively treated over 60,000 children and is currently working with an additional 15,000, offering free, world class treatment through 314 designated weekly clubfoot clinics in partnership with 29 state Governments. CIIT also provides training on use of this method of treatment to a network of doctors across states and also trains counsellors to provide necessary support to the doctors as well as parents of the children.

 
 

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