Prosthetics Program Overview
Amputees lose their limbs to war, accidents and untreated infections. In developing countries, many amputees receive little to no care for their injuries and lost limbs. Without a continuum of care, amputees can experience a decrease in quality of life, limited mobility and potential discrimination.
It is the goal of Prosthetics Outreach Foundation to ensure that children and adults with limb loss or limb deformities in developing countries have access to orthopedic and physical rehabilitation services, so they can enjoy lifelong mobility and participate more fully in their daily lives.
POF works with partners in developing countries to enhance physical rehabilitation programs and establish prosthetic treatment centers that are locally staffed and operated. We focus on three crucial areas:
- Train local clinical personnel to fabricate, fit and maintain custom-made artificial limbs
- Support mobile outreach to amputees living in remote areas who are unable to travel
- Advise on the local fabrication of prosthetic components (prosthetic feet, knee joints, etc.) to ensure a reliable local component supply