According to the Global Clubfoot Initiative, “150,000 – 200,000 babies with clubfoot are born each year. Approximately 80% of these will be in low and middle income countries. Most of these babies will not receive effective treatment for their clubfoot and will grow up with severe disability as a consequence.”
In this short film from Sierra Leone, we follow one family’s challenges in getting their young son treated for congenital clubfoot.
The film won the Grand Prix in the Universal Health Coverage category in the WHO’s 2023 Health for All Film Festival. It was directed by Mamihasina Raminosoa and Nantenaina Rakotondranivo from Madagascar for the NGO Miracle Feet. This organization provides a low-cost, nonsurgical procedure for correcting clubfoot in poor countries, usually for low cost or for free. They use plaster casts followed by a foot brace worn at night.