GETTING PROSTHESES TO AMPUTEES
We have designed and developed a low-cost, 3D printed upper-limb prosthesis: The Victoria Hand. Years of engineering development, refinement, and testing have produced a low-cost device with functional capabilities matching some leading devices.
The other great challenge is getting the Victoria Hand to amputees in need all over the world! Access to healthcare is a major challenge faced by persons in developing countries. We have created international partnerships with healthcare providers to make our upper-limb prosthetics available in developing countries.
Together, our design work and our partnerships form
the Victoria Hand Project.
OUR PARTNERS ARE KEY
We have formed partnerships with experienced and established prosthetic care providers within Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal, Cambodia, Haiti, Egypt, Uganda, and Kenya. These partners, Range of Motion Project (Guatemala and Ecuador), Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital (Nepal), Agile (Cambodia), Enable International Haiti (Haiti), CoRSU (Uganda), St. Luke's Hospital (Kenya) provide the clinical resource. We train their staff to manufacture the Victoria Hand, and provide the clinical fitting expertise for them to fit patients. This work helps to increase the clinic capacity. VHP provides ongoing technical support to both the print center and the clinic. VHP works with these partners for fundraising to fund delivery of these devices.
Amputees in need of a prosthesis will approach the clinic first. A professionally trained prosthetist will greet and register them, assess their needs, and mold a plaster impression of their limb. The plaster mold along with the patient’s measurements, are sent to the Print Center where the technician scans the mold using a 3D laser scanner, 3D prints the prosthesis parts, assembles them, and delivers the completed prosthesis back to the clinic. The clinician fits the amputee, and teaches them to use their new 3D printed prosthesis system. In about one week, an amputee gets a device to help improve their quality of life!
VHP establishes a local 3D Print Center in a developing country, equipping it with all the tools necessary to make 3D printed prosthetics, and employs and trains a full-time technician from the local community. We provide the training, cutting edge technology, and technical support.
FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE
In addition to providing amputees with prosthetics on demand where they need them, our solution further supports local economies, provides training, and transfers groundbreaking technology to developing countries.