Where we Come from
In 1996, Dr. C. Scott Harrison founded CURE International after his tenure as CEO and President of Kirschner Medical, an international manufacturer of orthopedic products. CURE grew rapidly under Dr. Harrison’s leadership, opening hospitals in low- and middle-income countries to address the need for specialized pediatric orthopedic surgery as a way to treat correctable physical disabilities.
CURE International began implementing the Ponseti Method of clubfoot treatment through its pediatric hospital in Malawi in 2002. CURE’s research and experience in treating clubfoot throughout its hospital network led to the identification of consistent operational challenges that limited both the quality and quantity of clubfoot care available in low- and middle-income countries.
One of the key issues identified was the need for caregiver support in concert with the delivery of clinical care. The addition of the parent advisor role—a role designed to support families through the diagnosis and treatment process and to encourage continued follow-up and adherence to the treatment, as well as to help dispel myths related to having a child with a disability—was key to treatment success. It was also key to introducing the gospel to this ministry that is primarily done in government health centers. With this blended approach, CURE Clubfoot Worldwide was formally established in 2006.
There has been tremendous growth over the past 12 years. With increasing opportunities and just 1% of all clubfoot clinics being located in CURE hospitals, the board of directors of CURE International made the decision to spin off CURE Clubfoot to a new independent entity. With financial support from CURE International, Hope Walks was incorporated on July 6, 2018. The transition of CURE Clubfoot to Hope Walks will position both CURE’s network of pediatric surgical hospitals and Hope Walks for more focused growth.
CURE Clubfoot’s current leadership, partnerships, and co-workers across Africa and Latin America will transition to Hope Walks. We will continue to collaborate with CURE’s hospitals in areas where services overlap in an effort to provide the best comprehensive care.
This is an exciting time, both for our organization and for the children and families we serve, and it is our hope and prayer that you will join Hope Walks in this new chapter. Together, we are making freedom from clubfoot a reality.