Deployment of the Victoria Hand in Nepal started in July 2015. We partnered with the Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital (NOH) in Kathmandu, Nepal to help more than just Nepalese amputees - local technicians and prosthetists learn new skills and earn income, which supports the NOH and their community.
In June 2016, we established our 3D Print Center with the help of our new partner, Ability to Change Together Nepal. Four staff were trained to use our equipment and understand the 3D printing process. We faced a new, specific problem in Kathmandu in the form of frequent power outages, which resulted in an average of 4 hours of electric power each day. Our solution was to install a grid-tied battery system with power inverter (at a cost of $1800 USD) to provide power to the 3D printers, scanner and computer for up to 24 hours (charged when power was available). This meant we would not have to limit the care provided in case of a power outage.
After the earthquake in 2015, NOH treated all patients free of cost. With the hyper affordable cost of the Victoria Hand, we can still help amputees at minimal cost while supporting NOH financially. This further supports the economy of the community as amputees with a functional prosthetic are more likely to find employment and be able to care for themselves and their families.
To date we have fit 30 amputees and plan to fit 36+ more over the next 3 years with the help of the Google Impact Challenge funding. Donate today to give a helping hand to an amputee in need.