in Carrboro, North Carolina, has announced a five-year, $5 million grant from the Geneva-based to address disabilities caused by untreated clubfoot in low-income countries.
In partnership with the , MiracleFeet is working to end disability caused by clubfoot by making clubfoot treatment more readily accessible globally. The general support grant requires MiracleFeet to raise $2 million in new funding over the next three years to qualify for $2 million in years four and five of the grant.
Each year, a hundred and eighty thousand children — the vast majority of them in low- and middle-income countries — are born with clubfoot, a debilitating birth defect that makes it difficult and painful to walk. Although clubfoot is fully and inexpensively treatable in 95 percent of cases, most families in low-income countries have very limited access to treatment. Indeed, more than one million children are living with untreated clubfoot, making it one of the major causes of physical disability worldwide.
"MiracleFeet shares our vision to create better lives for the disadvantaged," said Oak Foundation chair Caroline Turner. "They are protecting vulnerable children and families, enabling them to thrive within their communities. It’s our pleasure to support MiracleFeet’s work and ensure every child born with clubfoot has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential."