A Christian healthcare network recently reached a milestone in its efforts to eliminate a lifelong disability that's a pervasive problem in the developing world.
Clubfoot affects one in every 800 children globally. But for most children in America who are born with the defect in which the foot is twisted out of shape, it is fully corrected before they're ready to take their first steps. However, that's not the case in low-income countries.
In 2006 CURE International launched a clubfoot program in Kenya – and it has continued to grow in the past decade, expanding in 17 other countries. Scott Reichenbach, CURE's Clubfoot Operations director, says the ministry recently enrolled their 100,000th child in their treatment program.
"Kids who previously would have been disabled are now getting care and walking and running free from disability," he shares.
It's not a short process, by any means. Reichebach tells OneNewsNow that the nonprofit works with each child and family for about five years to make sure they are fully healed and that clubfoot does not return.
"So it enables our counselors throughout our Clubfoot clinics around the world to really engage in meaningful relationships with the families," he explains. "And over that time [it allows them to] share about the true Healer and use it as a platform to share the gospel to see kids walk free."
Working with other partners, CURE International is committed to eliminating clubfoot as a lifelong disability by 2030.