Established in 2019 to eliminate permanent disability caused from clubfoot, Clubfoot India UK focuses on the children in India, especially the under-privileged, where cases of clubfoot are much more prevalent due to fewer, well-equipped treatment facilities, lack of awareness among parents and limited training among medical practitioners.

In a country where 1 in every 826 children are born with clubfoot each year (i.e. approximately 50,000) the mission of Clubfoot India UK, through its strong network of local partners and state governments across all 29 states, to establish free clubfoot clinics, provide adequate training and continue to raise awareness remains vital.

Help us in our mission to eliminate clubfoot and prevent a child from a life-long disability if left untreated.

Our Board of Trustees

Marquess of Reading

Previously served on the Board of CURE International (2003-18) focused on the treatment of clubfoot cases world-wide, Lord Reading extends his focus to help eliminate clubfoot in India.

Prof. David Heymann CBE.

David Heymann holds a BA in general science from Penn State University, an M.D from Wake Forest School of Medicine, and a DTM&H from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He is currently Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM and Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London.

From 2012 to March 2017 he was chairman of Public Health England.

For 22 years Heymann was based at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on secondment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During this time he rose from Chief of Research of the Global Programme on AIDS to Founding Director of the Programme on Emerging and Assistant Director for Health Security and the Director General’s Representative for Polio Eradication.

Before joining WHO David Heymann was based for 13 years in sub-Saharan Africa on assignment from CDC where he worked Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC and Malawi. During this period he participated in the response to the first, second and third outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in DRC. Prior to joining CDC Heymann worked in India for two years as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO smallpox eradication programme.In 2009 he was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health.

Anupama Rai

An Indian descent born in the UK with a professional focus on health and medical technology, Anupama has been involved with Clubfoot India UK prior to its inception, supporting Hélène Frost in the formation of the charity from the ground up.

Anupama is a management consultant specialising in the development and execution of business and operational growth strategies for both private and public sector clients in Europe and the US. She holds an MBA from London Business School.

Dr. Mayank Gupta

Mayank is an Orthopaedic Surgeon (1986). He obtained a master’s degree in Orthopaedics from Manipal, renowned for paediatric Orthopaedic surgery for post- polio, clubfoot, cerebral palsy etc type of deformities.

After moving to UK to work for the NHS (1991), Mayank retrained and gained fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons doing lower limb surgery such as joint replacement but with special interest in foot and ankle surgery.

Always keen to be involved in charity work, Mayank has been a member of Rotary International since 2001 where he helped raise funds to provide free corrective surgery to under privileged children, disabled due to polio and clubfoot deformity. As a part of his family Trust he continues to help medical and Nursing schools in India where he established “Simulation skill labs” to educate and train nurses & medical doctors in safe maternal care and childbirth.

Mayank now spends his time to look after his business interests but still very keen to help and promote charities dealing with prevention and treatment of children’s deformities such as clubfoot in India. He is founding Trustee of this charity.

Chief Executive

Hélène Frost

Hélène was prompted to become the co-founder of Clubfoot India UK after a visit to India, where she experienced first-hand the effectiveness of clubfoot treatment for infants.

She has been working with Clubfoot programmes since 2011. She has been Chief Executive of medical children’s charities for more than twenty years and specialises in Charity Governance

Clubfoot India UK was established by people who experienced first-hand the life-changing impact of providing quality clubfoot treatment for children in India.