Together, let’s forge a world where clubfoot never defines a child’s future.
Clubfoot is the most common congenital deformity, affecting about 1 in every 500 children in South Africa, which causes one or both feet to turn inward and point downward, so the foot is rigid and the top of the foot is where the bottom should be. Untreated clubfoot is a disability and affected children can’t walk normally, wear shoes or go to school. Often, they are teased and shunned which creates a devastating cycle of pain and stigma where in some cases families hide their children from their communities from the huge sense of shame and guilt. Lack of information and support results in lifelong disability and the cycle of poverty remains firmly entrenched.
Our Solution and Impact
Our solution is to promote the Ponseti Method of treatment which is over 95% effective. Since STEPS started, thousands of children can walk without pain or disability from clubfoot.
We measure our impact through key indicators collected from partner clinics and patient success stories.
We have tailored our solution to suit local conditions with a patient-centred programme that is cost-effective, sustainable and has measurable impact:
1. Clubfoot advocacy
To remove stigma and empower parents and caregivers.
2. Clinic Support
Provide resources and staff – Ensure effective treatment with standardised processes with focus on patient-centred care
3. Training health professionals
Increase skills and capacity to treat patients in existing clinics and open new clinics where they are needed.
4. Clubfoot braces
Provide essential medical devices to ensure long-term treatment success and prevent disability.
Read our latest impact report
Previous impact reports
Download our 2021 Annual Impact Report to read more about our work.
Download our 2020 Annual Impact Report to read more about our work.