STEPS

Your Baby & Toddler - - Real Life - For more in­for­ma­tion on club­foot treat­ment and Steps club­foot sup­port, visit www.steps.org.za, email: info@steps.org.za or phone (021) 4627357.

STEPS Char­ity NPC is a na­tional and regional non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion and so­cial en­ter­prise work­ing for the erad­i­ca­tion of club­foot as a dis­abil­ity in South­ern and East Africa.

Their story started in 2003 with the birth of a boy with club­foot in South Africa. After suc­cess­ful treat­ment by Dr Pon­seti in Iowa, Karen Moss re­turned home and told the story of her son’s suc­cess­ful treat­ment to local doc­tors. Karen founded STEPS in 2005 to in­tro­duce and pro­mote the Pon­seti method of club­foot treat­ment and to sup­port fam­i­lies go­ing through the process.

STEPS held its first train­ing in 2006 to in­tro­duce the Pon­seti method to the South African or­thopaedics com­mu­nity, and to de­velop con­sen­sus that the Pon­seti method is the best treat­ment for club­foot.

The sec­ond work­shop was held in 2007 and fo­cused on pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties, ru­ral clin­ics and sus­tain­abil­ity. Ugan­dan or­tho­tists taught local tech­ni­cians to make low-cost club­foot braces. Chris Hani Barag­wanath’s work­shop in Soweto pro­duces 50-60 of th­ese braces per month to sus­tain suc­cess­ful treat­ment.

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