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Victoria Hand Project partnered with Range of Motion Project in 2014 to provide upper-limb prosthetic care to amputees across Guatemala. Learn more about our partners here.

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Partner Organization Name:
Range of Motion Project

Location:
Zacapa, Guatemala

Contact Name:
Luis Aragon

Phone:
7941-0968

Email:
guatemala@rompglobal.org

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HISTORY

Guatemala was the first country to receive the Victoria Hand. After winning a grant from Grand Challenges Canada in 2014 we partnered with the Range of Motion Project (ROMP), an experienced prosthetic provider already set up in the area, and began trials in July 2015 in Zacapa, Guatemala. A total of three research trials were completed here, providing valuable experience and feedback that helped us improve the design to meet the amputee's needs. In February 2016, five amputees were each fit with a Victoria Hand that they kept for a four month period to test in their home and work place - all five volunteers chose to keep their prosthetic afterwards. 

Outside of Victoria Hand Project, prosthetic care is a long and difficult process. Most amputees receive second hand prosthetics and typically wait for six months up to a year or more. The devices come randomly in different levels of condition as well as different types. And should a prosthetic break, the chance of finding a replacement part is very slim. Victoria Hand Project is able to address all of these concerns. Our quality prosthesis can be custom made and fitted within a week, and printing a replacement piece is easy.