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Project information

Enabling children in Malawi to walk

To heal the feet of 150 children, allowing them to walk and play like any other child. 800 children are born in Malawi with clubfoot each year, preventing them from attending school, running around and leading a productive life. CURE can effectively heal these children, providing we have the funds.

January 2013 - January 2014

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  • Need


    In Malawi, around 800 children are born with clubfoot each year. Children with clubfoot are rarely able to attend school, because they cannot walk the distance. This leads to them growing up unable to play, learn or lead a productive life.


    Clubfoot can be permanently corrected without surgery using the Ponseti Method, if the child is treated before they reach the age of two. However, if it is not corrected in infancy, older children can also be cured of their disability by an operation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 100 infants with clubfoot treatment


    » By providing the Ponseti treatment method for 100 babies with clubfoot.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... See children taking their first steps on straight feet.

    Aim 2

    To cure neglected clubfoot in 50 older children.


    » By providing operations for 50 older children with clubfoot.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... Seeing older children walking, running and playing for the first time on straight feet

  • Impact


    Reducing the number of children in the developing world with neglected clubfoot. This will be seen by a reduction in cases of neglected clubfoot in our hospitals and through the successful treatment of many cases of infant clubfoot.


    Political unrest is always possible, especially in the developing world. However, in most cases, we continue to operate no matter what.
    Economic instability may also develop but, because we are part of the global network of CURE international, we can insure financial stability.


    Where appropriate we will have one to one meetings to thank our donors in person. In other cases we shall be writing to them individually. In the case of online supporters, we shall send them an email update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £49,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £17,500 Medical Care Providing the Ponsetti treatment for 100 infants
      £31,500 Medical Care Providing operations to correct neglected clubfoot in 50 children over two years old.
  • Background


    Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world with 53% of the country living below the poverty line (CIA, 2011). Child death and disability are high, commonly resulting from poor maternal health and neglected meningitis, which lead to high incidence of neonatal infection that is the cause of many neurological and orthopaedic conditions. The CURE Malawi Hospital and mobile Clubfoot Clinics enable children from across the country to receive treatment for clubfoot.


    150 children will receive life-changing operations, enabling them to go on to lead full, productive lives. Additionally, by returning to their community healed, attitudes change and stereotypes vanish, benefiting the child and their family as well as future generations of disabled children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    CURE is the leading provider of paediatric surgical care in the developing world. The CURE Hospital in Malawi provides first world medical care in one of the poorest countries in the world. The surgeons at our hospitals are world-class and our procedures modern and innovative. Last year we successfully healed 843 children with clubfoot in Malawi, bringing our total to date to 3679 children, who are all now able to walk, run and play.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Malawian Clinical Officers

    Our Malawian Clinical Officers are national medical practitioners who have trained at CURE Malawi.

    Dr John Cashman – Orthopaedic Surgeon (Bristol Royal Hospital For Children In Bristol)

    Dr Cashman overseas the day-to-day running of the hospital.

    Professor Chris Lavy OBE MD MCh FCS FRCS (Oxford) Chief Medical Director For CURE

    Chris Lavy heads up the CURE medical team and supports the project team through monitoring their work and evaluating their progress.