GETTING ARMS TO AMPUTEES
Access to healthcare is a major challenge faced by people in developing countries. By creating international partnerships with healthcare providers, the Victoria Hand is made accessible to those that need it most.
We work to strengthen in-country clinics, integrating with them to support, rather than by-passing them. The Victoria Hand team provides education and training in new, high-tech tools and skillsets, improving capacity of clinics and enabling clinicians to provide new levels of care to more people.
We partner with experienced, established prosthetic care providers across the globe so people in-need can receive care by trusted professionals in their own communities.
We establish a local 3D Print Center in each country where we work, equipping it with all the tools and knowledge necessary to make 3D printed prosthetics.
We provide ongoing support for in-country partners, and implement user and clinician feedback for continual development of technology.
Patient receives a victoria hand
Amputees in-need work directly with a trained prosthetist to get measurements and impressions done, and receive a custom prosthetic arm assembled by trained 3D print staff.
TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF AMPUTEES AND THEIR FAMILIES
Recipients can better confront the physical, social, and emotional challenges of daily life. They can regain independence, improve their body image, and face less stigma. A functional prosthetic arm may also help gain and retain meaningful employment, breaking a cycle of poverty. For many, it is second chance at life.
TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES ALONGSIDE TRAILBLAZING TECH
To create a Victoria Hand, our partners use a combination of traditional techniques, such as creating a plaster impression of the limb, and new technology, such as 3D scanning the impression to create a digital model. 3D printing technology, including 3D scanning and computer-aided design (CAD) software, allows local care providers to create custom prosthetics – faster, more cost-effectively, and more efficiently than ever before.
3D PRINTING FOR GOOD
3D printing technology accelerates the creation of a prosthetic device, and allows broken parts or outgrown limb sockets to be reprinted and replaced quickly and easily. Victoria Hand Project offers a variety of prosthetic arms, each tailored to fit different people's needs.
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
By partnering with prosthetists around the world to establish local print centers and provide low cost Victoria Hands to those that need them most, VHP is aligning with UN Sustainable Development Goals.