Why give to STEPS?
STEPS changes lives.
– We help babies and children born with clubfoot stand on their own two feet.
STEPS are specialists.
– We focus exclusively on clubfoot treatment.
STEPS are regional experts and we work directly with clinics to increase capacity.
– We build partnerships with the best local doctors, state-run clubfoot clinics and existing infrastructure to ensure there is sustainability and successful treatment.
– We keep track of children helped by using an online database and visiting clinics regularly.
– We share information with partner organisations and source the best low-cost innovations for children born with clubfoot.
100% of all donations are used to directly benefit children born with clubfoot.
– We use lean management, and we have donors to cover running costs, so that every cent can go towards treatment.
– We are a registered non-profit company (NPC), non-profit organisation (NPO), and public benefit organisation (PBO).
STEPS responds to a huge regional need.
– The Southern African black population has the second highest rate of clubfoot incidence in the world.
– Every year over 2000 babies are born in South Africa with clubfoot, and another ± 3,000 in neighbouring countries (2012 pop.) Estimated incidence is 1 in 500 births*
– Less than 8% of patients have access to health insurance or means to pay for treatment**
-Incorrect, incomplete or failed treatment results in disability for life. These children face increased psychological and socio-economic hardship, and their lack of mobility is a strain on the family and community.
– Over 85% of children born with clubfoot in Southern Africa don’t have private medical aid cover.
– Although treatment is free, rural families, or those living in areas far from a clubfoot clinic, have the burden of weekly transport to a clinic, which can be more than their monthly income. The rate of default for travelling families is almost 50%***
STEPS makes a difference on the ground. We will walk with you!
With your donation, we will be able to:
- Increase access to clubfoot clinics by training more providers;
- Establish new Ponseti clinic partnerships in underserved areas;
- Keep accurate patient data to plan for future needs;
- Deliver low-cost braces to clinics and patients with limited resources, to prevent recurrence of clubfoot;
- Deliver effective braces to treat complex, atypical or neglected clubfoot for best comfort and long-term outcome;
- Provide patient transport subsidy and food packages for families who travel up to 800km for treatment.
- Incidence and Patterns of Congenital Talipes Equinovarus (Clubfoot) Deformity At Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Banter, Malawi. 1Mkandawire N.C. MCh (ORTH); FCS (ECSA), 2Kaunda E Cert. NMT.
- Common birth defects in South African blacks. Kromberg JG, Jenkins T S Afr Med J 1982; 62:599-602
- Congenital musculoskeletal malformations in South African blacks: a study on incidence. Pompe Van Meerdervoort HF. S Afr Med J 1996; 50: 1853-5.
** Based on South African derived data for private vs. public health patients
*** Anecdotal records from urban clinics in South Africa