Try, try again

COVID and Clubfoot: Stories from the front lines When her daughter Precious was born in Kenya with clubfoot, Josephine was shocked because she had never seen the foot deformity before. Precious’ feet still showed no signs of progress even after a private clinic casted her feet seven times. When a friend advised her to go […]

Precious time lost

COVID and Clubfoot: Stories from the front lines When it comes to clubfoot treatment, early intervention is always best. Germain and Pierette learned this the hard way when their son Samuel was born with the disability in Benin. Not knowing why his feet were deformed and being ashamed, they decided to hide their son’s feet. […]

A new brace for Grace

COVID and Clubfoot – Stories from the front lines During the pandemic, many villages are under quarantine in Burkina Faso. As a result, most families cannot get to the clubfoot clinics. For six-month-old Grace, this meant no new braces. But when her parents called the clinic to let them know Grace’s brace no longer fit, […]

Adjusting to the new normal

COVID and Clubfoot – Stories from the front lines Many clinics remain open in countries where the spread of COVID-19 has been slow. But that does not mean it is business as usual. Everyone is adjusting to new processes and procedures in order to control the spread of the disease and keep patients and staff […]

Turning COVID into an opportunity

COVID and Clubfoot – Stories from the front lines Yemawayesh has been serving as the parent advisor at the Jimma Clubfoot Clinic in Ethiopia since April 2016. When not at the clinic, she works as a nurse ASN and part-time for her church. This mother of three kids has always been very dedicated to her […]

A bicycle built for…3

COVID and Clubfoot: Stories from the front lines Ishimwe is a little boy in Rwanda with clubfoot. His treatments were going very well until COVID-19 struck. With public transportation shut down in the country, his mom Dinah could no longer take her son to the clinic by taxi for his weekly castings. Ishimwe’s dad Emmanuel […]

Have clubfoot, will travel

COVID & Clubfoot – Stories from the front lines What do you do in the middle of a global pandemic that shuts down clubfoot clinics and transportation to those clinics? Bring the clinic to the patients, of course! Hope Walks partner clinics in Honduras have been shut down since almost the first COVID-19 case was […]

The power of paper

COVID & Clubfoot – Stories from the front lines The appointment card is a nice thing to have. Families can post it somewhere so they don’t forget their next appointment. But it is just a piece of paper, after all. But for one Kenyan family, they never realized its awesome power. Alvin is a little […]

Increased travel time

COVID & Clubfoot – Stories from the front lines Matilde is the mother of 5-month-old Niko who started clubfoot treatment in mid-March in Mozambique. This family, like many we’ve heard from, is having additional challenges getting to the clinic for treatment. Typically, it takes Matilde two bus transfers to get to the clinic. Now sometimes […]

Clinic in Zambia feels impact of COVID

COVID & Clubfoot – Stories from the front lines Damaris, a physiotherapist at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia has never seen the clinic so slow and is looking forward to things getting back to normal. The Zambian government has not told the clinic it needs to close, but the social […]