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    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.
    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. In the link for
    Technical Resources.
    Other helpful sites and books:
    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*
    Meanley, S. (1995). "Different approaches and cultural considerations in
    third world prosthetics." *Prosthet Orthot Int* *19*(3): 176-80.

    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.
    Leslie Vasquez
    Rutgers University Student