In 2011, when I was working as a Medical orthotist and prosthetist in a provincial hospital. The hospital assigned me a task to manufacture a Trans-Femoral prosthesis for an Above-Knee amputee, who wanted to return to work as a teacher. After a long week of manufacturing, the patient rejected the Prosthetic leg. This leg is crippling me more, reported the patient. To my disappointment, the patient left without the prosthesis, but the experience left me with a homework that led me to finding my life purpose.
Amputation is a life-changing event that affects a person’s body image, social, economic, and psychological status.
To minimise the impact of an amputation, people need to be supported by a timely and comprehensive amputee rehabilitation care. In order to swiftly recover lost mobility so they can go back to living a functional, independent and dignified life. However, the World Health Organization reports that only 1 in 10 people in need have access to the desired Assistive Technologies AT rehabilitation.
Even more concerning is that, of those who have access, they often reject them because of poor quality, just like my patient did.
The reported poor quality of devices is associated with the Government policy to adopt limited technology in order to cater to the high demand of service. However, to limit a capacitating technology to people with capacitating need is grossly inhumane and counterproductive. If the goal of an amputee rehabilitation is to re-capacitate people to their best functional capacity, then coverage of technology should be capacity based; Not a one size fits all.
The real question to be asked here then is, how can we capacitate amputees to their best potential capacity within existing constraints?
That question is the reason LAOS exists today. Therefore, this blog article presents one of our social innovative ways to fund and increase quality amputee rehabilitation service at the bottom of the pyramid; By introducing our social campaign, sharing is caring.
Sharing is Caring at the Bottom of the Pyramid BoP
Sharing is caring is our new social joint venture campaign seeking to increase quality Assistive Technologies at the Bottom of the Pyramid BoP.
LAOS has set up a social budget of R120 000, to manufacture a High-tech prosthetic limb for an indigent amputee (s) at the BoP. However, to unlock the budget, LAOS in return requires 120 000 post shares across our social media pages and LinkedIn.
While gathering post shares, the campaign will simultaneously identify potential amputee beneficiaries.
Amputee Call for Expression of Interest EOI
Any amputee who their lack of prosthetic limb is hindering them from school, employment or a business venture (social inclusion)
Should tell us how the prosthetic leg will change their life for the better. By either.
A successful candidate stands a chance to get a high-tech quality prosthetic leg worth R120 000 manufactured for them.
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