Amputees are in dire need of your help.

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approx. 2 million people lose a leg in developing countries alone and a shocking 90% of the world’s lower limb amputees do not have access to modern prostheses. Developing countries don't have enough equipped prosthetic clinics or specialized technicians to provide a conventional prosthetic leg. On top of that, the industry focuses on creating high-tech devices that are extremely unaffordable.

 The loss of a lower limb has many consequences, independent of age, gender or social class. It changes the life completely and irreversibly. There can be several obstacles in the path of recovery including psychological and physical challenges. 

 
 
                          Elliot

                        Elliot

                        Buthle

                      Buthle

                          Eric

                        Eric

 
 

To wear prosthesis means the amputee must make regular and frequent visits to the prosthetic clinic to guarantee the socket will always be well adjusted. The socket is only one component of a prosthetic leg, which is divided in three main parts (picture). The socket acts as the interface between the patient’s residual limb and the prosthesis itself making it an individually customized component. The state-of-the-art technology for crafting a prosthetic socket is made in an orthopaedic workshop and requires composite materials, a complex workshop with several special tools, and a trained prosthetist.

  Conventional Prosthetic Leg

Conventional Prosthetic Leg

 

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LONG CRAFTING TIME

Conventional prosthetic sockets can take up to 20 hours to be crafted depending on materials used.

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VOLUME CHANGES

The stump constantly changes. Swelling and weight fluctuation lead to fitting problems and discomfort.

 
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MENTAL EFFECTS

Amputees are stigmatized in society for their disability, which can lead to psychological burden.

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LACK OF RESOURCES

Providing a prosthesis requires highly equipped clinics (heavy machines) and specialized technicians.

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LONG DISTANCES

Often amputees in rural areas don't have resources for long travels to get prostheses and health care attention.

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LONG WAITING LINES

Amputees are stigmatized in society for their disability, which can lead to psychological burden.

 

Apart from resources and accessibility to prosthetic devices, all amputees suffer from similar challenges. Since 2014, the amparo Team has been researching the subject of prosthetics and amputees in many different countries like Brazil, Germany, India, South Africa and United States. Take a look at some pictures from people and places that are important to to project or watch our journey