An amputee begging in Agra, Inda near the Taj Mahal

An amputee begging in Agra, Inda near the Taj Mahal

A pile of discarded molds in the corner of a prosthetic lab

A pile of discarded molds in the corner of a prosthetic lab

The Global Problem

Millions of people worldwide are missing a limb due to disease, violence, and countless other causes. An estimated 80% of these individuals are living in developing countries such as Guatemala, India, and Vietnam.

Unfortunately, it is almost impossible for people in developing countries to obtain prosthetic care--- the infrastructure is not there to provide it. While there are many organizations that would love to address this need, they face two key barriers:

Prosthetic Labs Are Expensive

A prosthetic lab requires expensive equipment in a dedicated facility. An organization would need to make a large capital investment before they even fit their first patient.

A Shortage of Trained People

For a clinic to provide prosthetic care, they must hire a full-time staff with highly specialized training. This staff must then fabricate a prosthetic device for each patient by hand. As a result, only 2% of people with amputations living in developing countries can access prosthetic care.