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Children with unsatisfactory prosthetic limbs are likely to suffer from low self-esteem & self-worth
According to the WHO, more than 1 billion persons in the world suffer from some form of a disability. More specifically, over 3 million amputees around the world require a new or replacement prosthetic each year. Not to mention, children with physical disabilities in low-income countries are more than half as likely to not attend school compared to their non-disabled counterparts.
Aside from the functionality that a prosthetic limb provides, aesthetic appeal is equally as important for improved mental health. Unlike amputees in the developed world, high-end, custom fit, silicone or 3D printed cosmetic covers are unattainable in low income countries due to high costs, lack of advanced technology and certified professionals. As a result, amputees are left with sub-par conventional methods & materials like foam, stocking or vinyl which quickly becomes damaged and unhygienic.
Aesthetically, an unhygienic, unsatisfactory prosthetic limb plays a vital role on a patient's psychological well-being and can influence their opinion or acceptance of the prosthesis. If not provided with a visually appealing, anti-microbial based cosmetic cover, a user's psychological state, ability to feel comfortable in public and attend school is negatively impacted-with effects that can last a lifetime. In fact, concern about appearance has been directly linked to depression in amputees.
Modular cosmetic limb covers will improve psychological well-being for adolescent amputees
For over 17 years the nonprofit A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) has been providing mobility solutions to children in the developing world and is one of the only non-profits focused solely on addressing this problem. Not only does ALTSO provide high-quality care for children without the means to receive it themselves - they also work to change the misperceptions and face of disability in the developing world. This makes ALTSO the ideal organization to guide this project.
In 2017, to provide more affordable and sustainable prosthetic solutions, ALTSO began collaborating with a prosthetics manufacturer in Gujarat, India, to design a highly affordable prosthetic limb that meets international standards and qualifications. The first collection, the "Joshi”, in honor of ALTSO’s pioneer prosthetist - Mr. Dhiren Joshi - has changed the game in accessibility, quality and modernization of prosthetic limbs provided free of charge to children in the developing world.
With Engineers from Johnson & Johnson's Medical Device Companies, ALTSO plans to develop a low-cost modular cosmetic limb cover to combat social stigmas and help increase self-esteem for its adolescent amputee population. A modular, one size fits all, antimicrobial approach to the design of the cover will eliminate the need for highly specialized technicians to make conventional unhygienic foam covers, resulting in decreased delivery times, increased cost savings, and improved personal hygiene.
By donating to our cause, you have the ability to impact the emotional strength of each child
Not only will modular covers improve mental well-being, combat social stigmas, decrease patient wait times and improve hygiene for an initial 100 patients aged 8-21, the impact will continue year over year. This project will fund the research & development of the mold of this key complementary component to ALTSO’s prosthetic limbs. Once developed, the mold will be mass produced for years to come to provide thousands of new covers to ALTSO’s patients receiving continuous treatment.
97%-Design & Development Cost
3%-To be used for the stripe fee
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85%-To be used for Prototyping
15%-To be used for testing parts
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