Eighty percent of the world’s fractures and the majority of club feet occur in developing nations (Source: WHO). 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.