Around 2 000 children are born with clubfoot in South Africa every year. Clubfoot is a birth defect that is treatable.
Untreated clubfoot causes disability. Children with untreated clubfoot cannot wear shoes or walk normally because their feet are rigid, turned inwards and pointed down.
This is the challenge that faces hundreds of babies and children attending clubfoot clinics in South Africa. Children like Ndalwentle Makoko from Khayelitsha who was born with bilateral clubfoot and is currently making tremendous progress at the Tygerberg Hospital clubfoot clinic.
Sadly, there are still many children living with the shame, pain and isolation of disability caused by untreated clubfoot, with about 150 000 new cases worldwide and more than 80 percent of these in developing countries.
Steps Clubfoot Care is a non-profit organisation, based in Cape Town, that improves the lives of children born with clubfoot. Steps supports 35 clubfoot clinics in the state sector, providing training, parent education, clinic support and clubfoot braces to ensure that more children can access this vital treatment.