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. When Mercy Ships docks in a developing nation, crew members roll out an orthopedics program, that includes performing life-changing surgeries and teaching local healthcare providers a universal non-surgical technique, the Ponseti method, for correcting club feet.
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.