Eighty percent of the world’s fractures and the majority of club feet occur in developing nations. Without appropriate medical care, those who have these types of defects experience a life of pain and shame.
Mercy Ships surgeons perform procedures on children to correct conditions they were born with, such as clubfeet and bowed legs, giving them a chance to lead more normal lives. Mercy Ships also trains local health-care providers in the universal non-surgical technique, the Ponseti method, for correcting club feet.
Not only does this help ensure the successful completion of treatment for each patient, but it also has a direct long-term impact on the local economy. The skills for manufacturing casting and brace products, providing physical therapy and counseling services, and other related jobs are passed on. These income-generating skills benefit the local economy.
Because orthopedic correction is often a multi-year process, we train and mentor personnel in the community to pick up where Mercy Ships leaves off. Not only does this help ensure the successful completion of treatment for each patient, but it also has a direct long-term impact on the local economy.