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Kenya Pilot Project

The World Health Organization and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics estimate that 80% of the world's amputees live in developing countries yet only 5% have access to prosthetic care [1]. VHP receives messages from clinicians and amputees all around the world asking us to expand our project there due to the lack of accessible care. One such country where amputees lack prosthetic care is Kenya. Conventional prosthetics can be very expensive for amputees in Kenya and many go without care.

 

VHP has been working with clinicians from Kenya who have been assisting in making a project in Kenya a reality. Recently, the clinicians began searching for upper-limb amputees in need of care and they received many requests from all over the country. We are highlighting the stories of two such patients to demonstrate the need for prosthetic care in Kenya. These patients are a young girl named Ijabu, and a young boy named Bin-Amin. You can learn more about Ijabu, Bin-Amin, and our plan for expanding to Kenya below. 

Ijabu

Ijabu is a young girl from Mandera, a part of Eastern Kenya near Somalia. Ijabu had a boil form on her hand and the doctors recommended she have her hand removed. Since prosthetic care is very expensive she has had to learn to only use her left hand in her daily life. Doing tasks requiring two hands is very difficult or impossible for her. You can help provide Ijabu a prosthetic device which will make her daily life much easier and will help raise her self confidence.

Please watch the video below to learn more about Ijabu.

Bin-Amin

Bin-Amin is a young boy from Northern Kenya who had an unfortunate accident when playing with his friends. He fell onto burning goat dung and had serious burns. This resulted in him losing his hands and part of his feet. Bin-Amin was tranported to a hospital in South Eastern Kenya where he was able to receive care for the burns. Bin-Amin's life has forever changed and he requires help from others in his daily life. By providing Bin-Amin with a prosthetic arm, he will be more independent and will require less help from others to complete everyday tasks.

Please watch the video below to learn more about Bin-Amin's story. 

The Pilot Project

We want to demonstrate the need for prosthetic care in Kenya by highlighting the stories of Ijabu and Bin-Amin. This will be done through a pilot project occurring in 3 phases. This includes phase 1 where we showed the need, phase 2 to demonstrate our capabilities to help, and phase 3 to show the on-going positive effects.

 

Phase 1: Demonstrate the Need

VHP has worked with local Kenyan filmmakers to document Ijabu's and Bin-Amin's lives without a prosthetic device. The videos above show them doing day-to-day tasks and the difficulties that occur. We have shown the need for care in developing countries such as Kenya. We are using these videos to raise funds to travel down to Kenya to provide amputees with prosthetic devices. We have completed phase 1 and hope to be able to move on to phase 2 soon. If you would like to donate to help us go to Kenya and provide them with prosthetic devices please donate.

 

Phase 2: Fit Patients with the Victoria Hand

Following phase 1 and fundraising, we will to travel down to Kenya to fit Ijabu, Bin-Amin, and two other patients with the Victoria Hand. When we travel to Kenya we will work with the local clinicians to fit the patients with custom-made Victoria Hands. We will also work with local technicians to create custom forearm sockets using 3D scanning, and 3D print the sockets on-site. This will help to show the capabilities of our teams and our ability to expand to new countries to help amputees.

Phase 3: On-going Positive Impact

This will help highlight how the amputees have become empowered with a prosthesis. We will follow-up with Ijabu and Bin-Amin 1-2 months after they have been fit with the Victoria Hand. We hope to see that their lives have improved and they can use the hand to do things they couldn't do before. 

Finally, we will combine all 3 phases to create a full video. This full video will be used to show how we can provide an end-to-end solution to help those in need in Kenya. Please help spread the message about the pilot project in Kenya so we can help more amputees in need of care. 

[1] M. Marino, S. Pattni, M. Greenberg and A. Miller, "Access to prosthetic devices in developing countries: Pathways and challenges", 2015. Available: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/285591611_Access_to_prosthetic_devices_in_developing_countries_Pathways_and_challenges. [Accessed 28 June 2019].