Charity Registration number: 1112464
Steve Mannion, the founder of Feet First Worldwide, is an orthopaedic and trauma surgeon based in Blackpool. He spends 6 months of his year travelling to the developing world, helping to change the lives of children born with Clubfoot.
As a worldwide authority on the defect, Steve champions the Ponseti technique which is a manipulation and brace therapy over surgery where possible.
For two weeks every June, Steve and the Feet First team donate their time and expertise, travelling to Malawi to not only perform lifesaving treatment on around 30 children, but to train the local doctors and medics too.
Around 900 babies a year are born in Malawi with Clubfoot and it isn’t known what causes it, though it is thought to be genetic. Currently, Feet First only have the resources to make one project visit to Malawi per year. Therefore many patients who are unable to be operated on are obliged to wait a further 12 months for their next opportunity for surgery.
With this in mind, we are thrilled to be able to increase the Feet First Malawi missions from one to four a year until 2020, with a grant of £200,000 from the Kentown Wizard Foundation.
This will not only allow for more children to be treated but also for more local medics to be trained. The grant will also allow for two medical vehicles to be purchased by the team in order to access remote villages and transport patients to the hospital.