Clubfoot is a congenital disorder preventing kids from having a normal life. The treatment exists, is 100% effective and can be quickly provided.
Help us crowdfunding treatment for 400 children born with clubfoot in Pakistan. Your contribution goes directly to the project!
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The Crowdfunding Team
WHAT IS CLUBFOOT?
2/1000 children worldwide are born with clubfoot, a congenital disorder that seriously affects mobility.
The ratio is much higher in low-middle-income countries, like Pakistan, where an average of 6,000–7,000 cases of clubfoot are reported every year.
Clubfoot is completely curable but only 5–10% of children receive sufficient and timely treatment to enable them to walk properly. This is mainly down to a lack of awareness and difficulties accessing health care.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?
The ICRC offers a range of support to clubfoot clinics across Pakistan so that they can provide comprehensive and specialist treatment free of charge.
Practitioners here use what is known as the Ponseti method: a low-cost, non-invasive, long-term treatment that radically changes children’s lives by correcting the position of their feet through gentle manipulation, casts and braces.
The key is to start treatment as early as possible, ideally in their first week of life.
HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT LAST?
In the first three to six months, 400 children will be enrolled for treatment at two of the clubfoot clinics we support.
Treatment will begin immediately following enrolment, including weekly casting for four to six weeks and will be then monitored for a year
Each comprehensive treatment programme lasts from one to three years.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
USD 128 = Service costs
USD 91 = Purchase of Medical material
USD 27 = Purchase of Hygiene kit
USD 246 = Total cost per treatment for 1 child
ABOUT THE BENEFICIARIES
The majority of children to benefit from this free, comprehensive and specialist treatment will come from poor families living in remote areas of Pakistan, who can neither afford nor easily access health care.
"When Shafqat and his wife gave birth to little Ayan, their joy soon turned to worry at the sight of his feet. They didn’t know how they would be able to afford treatment to cure Ayan’s clubfoot. After hearing about the Muzaffarabad Physical Rehabilitation Centre supported by ICRC, they decided to leave the remote area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, to settle closer to the Center. With each plaster, they grow more hopeful about Ayan recovering his mobility".
About the country
Pakistan’s 207 million inhabitants have to contend with numerous natural disasters – including earthquakes, floods and droughts – as well as extreme temperatures and erratic weather. Poverty is rife and many people living in underdeveloped or remote areas struggle to access health care. The under-five mortality rate is 86 per 1,000 live births and Pakistan is one of ten countries in the world where more than half of this age group have stunted growth and/or low body weight. The ICRC has been active in Pakistan for over 70 years. Alongside supporting physical rehabilitation centres, we also: 1/ help people who have been separated by violence, migration or natural disaster to maintain or restore contact with each other 2/ promote compliance with international humanitarian law 3/ support the emergency response efforts of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society
Update 3 : You made it possible! Thank you!
November 14, 2018
Ayan, and 25 other children like him, can now complete their treatment at the Muzaffarabad Physical Rehabilitation Centre in Muzaffarabad and the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.
Each child will undergo the two phases of treatment i.e. the curative and the corrective. In the curative phase, serial plaster will be applied for a period of three to six weeks to correct the positioning of the foot.
During the second phase, children will be fitted with Dennis Brown shoes for the correction of the feet. This phase that lasts for a period of two years allows complete correction of the child’s feet, ultimately, allowing the child to enjoy complete mobility throughout his life.
Thank you to all crowdfunders for their support towards the happiness and future of these children.
If you have any questions on the implementation of the project or on the treatments, please make sure to get in touch. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Update 1 : Meet the children
October 18, 2018
Discover the story of some Pakistani children Ajwa, Madeeh, Nadia... treated in the ICRC-supported clubfoot clinics in Peshawar and Muzaffarabad on
Update 2 : Mid-Term news
October 16, 2018
We have already started the second part of our campaign.
Thanks to the immense solidarity shown, 21 children facing clubfoot in Pakistan will have the chance to be treated soon.
For their families, this means that seeing their child grow and play like any other is no longer a hope but a certainty.
Many more children are still counting on us to receive the treatment necessary toward a brighter future.
Let's continue to share, spread the word and urge those who are not supporters yet, to become part of the change!
Your solidarity makes the difference!