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12-21-2005, 11:15 AM
Dear Biomech-L Subscribers,
Many thanks for your replies to my question on third world prosthetics.
I summarized the most general results. Thanks so much for everyone who
took the time to write to me with their knowledge.
Most response suggested that there is little to no government coverage
and money is a big factor. The greatest need is in the below knee
amputee population. It was also suggested that for that part of the
world the Jaipur foot and Shape and roll foot best fit the needs.
Prosthetics cost in South and Central America is about 1/10 of what they
cost in United States. Some institution have research projects on the
subject including Northwestern (CIR), the University of Washington,
LeTourneau University, amongst others.
www.medschool.northwestern.edu/depts/repoc/sections/research/projects/lowerlimb
www.letu.edu/legs
Also there are special programs to design, build and distribute
prosthetics and some of the institutions are the International Red
Cross Committee, Handicap International, and the United Nation. There
are different types of limbs being produce around the world depending
on the materials of the region. http://www.pofsea.org/ In the link for
Technical Resources.
Other helpful sites and books:
www.cirnetwork.org
http://www.drfop.org/humanitarian/
Jensen, J. S. and S. Heim (1999). "Preliminary experiences with modified
SACH feet manufactured and used in a tropical developing world setting."
*Prosthet Orthot Int* *23*(3): 245-8.
McGirk, T. (1997). "The global scourge of land mines left thousands
limbless, and then two gifted Indians developed the $28 foot." *Time*
*150*(19):54-5.
Meanley, S. (1995). "Different approaches and cultural considerations in
third world prosthetics." *Prosthet Orthot Int* *19*(3): 176-80.

Sincerely,
Leslie Vasquez
Rutgers University Student


Original posting
I am a student in the biomedical engineering field and I am researching
prosthetics in developing countries especially on lower limbs and how to
make it accessible. I am interest in knowing your opinion on the current
state of accessibility of prosthetics in third world countries. Thank
You for your replies.
Sincerely,
Leslie Vasquez
Rutgers University Student