An initiative hosted by the American Public Health Association, Baja Project for Cripples Children provides reconstructive foot and ankle surgery for children in El Salvador and Honduras. Through the project, podiatric residents and surgeons from around the country volunteer to join the Baja Project team. The team performs surgeries on local patients who suffer from neuromuscular and foot and ankle deformities such as vertical talus, clubfoot, and paralytic orders. While the majority of the surgeries are performed on infants and children, the Baja Project team helps patients of any age from four month to 50 years.
The Baja Project for Crippled Children’s team spends five days in Honduras and El Salvador screening and treating patients. Normally, the team is able to screen over 65 patients and complete over 40 surgeries. With a strong history of involvement in El Salvador and Honduras, the Baja Project has successfully built a strong relationship between Honduran orthopedic surgeons and podiatric surgeons from America. Since the initiative first began in 1967, the Baja Project for Crippled Children has been able to treat more than 27,000 children and perform over 1,800 surgeries.