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.