Prosthetic Limb Camp in Andra Pradesh
- 19 December 2023
In a developing country, the lack of adequate medical care means that disabilities can derail your future. In rural areas of India, missing limbs are an especially prevalent disability. Often, amputation is the result of lack of medical care for treatable conditions such as infection. In addition, studies have shown very high levels of unemployment among individuals with missing limbs in developing countries. Work and education are no longer options, and as a result, their families and children suffer as they struggle to make ends meet.
Prosthetics offer a ray of hope, though. Artificial limbs can restore some mobility and dexterity to these individuals, giving them a chance to be productive and return to a life where they can operate independently.
The Barzilai Foundation met with Chetana Global Foundation; a charity located in Khammam in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Chetana has a track record of working in the rural communities of India to help individuals dealing with missing limbs. We discussed the effect that such a disability can cause and explored ways to mitigate the impact. As a result, the Barzilai Foundation and Chetana Global Foundation teamed up to host a camp that reaches low-income communities to get individuals fitted for artificial limbs, leverages local manufacturers for creation of limbs, and then distributes the limbs and provides training to individuals on proper use.
The camp was a tremendous success. In total, 84 individuals received the limbs they needed to be able to work, support themselves and their families, and lead highly improved lives going forward. These individuals came from a range of backgrounds and had various reasons for missing limbs. However, one common thread was that their missing limbs created a dramatic barrier to leading their lives and providing for their families.
“I’m ecstatic by the results of this program. 84 individuals, 84 households, many with children and spouses, will be better equipped to work, to provide, to be independent, and to be healthy going forward,” reflected Brandon Sosa, CEO of the Barzilai Foundation.