Accessible rehabilitation

Accessible rehabilitation is not just a service, it's a right. In the pursuit of equity, we are dedicated to bridging the gap in prosthetic leg care across sub-Saharan Africa.
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"With my new prosthesis, I'm capable of walking long distances without the aid of a crutch which always caught the attention of people." - Anthony (Ghana)

What are the challenges?

The current landscape of prosthetic and rehabilitation services in sub-Saharan Africa is marked by significant disparities, with a vast number of people with limb differences facing insurmountable barriers to accessing the care they need.

The quality and accessibility of rehabilitation services are critically hampered by several key issues:

  • Access to essential resources, including durable materials, specialist tools, and modern technology, is drastically restricted, particularly in remote and lower-income regions.
  • Prosthetic legs are expensive for patients and require many trips to a rehabilitation centre. This is especially hard for people living far away, as they have to pay for travel, a place to stay, and the prosthetic itself.
  • The overall quality of prosthetic leg services can be limited by a lack of specialised training among professionals and outdated or insufficient facilities.

These deficiencies restrict individuals' ability to regain mobility and independence and contribute to a broader disparity in healthcare equity.

Accessible rehabilitation
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35% amputations
are a result from a road traffic accident
66% of amputees
develop a mental health disorder due to limb loss
400 million
Africans need access to assistive technology

How STAND is helping to make services more accessible

With our implementing partners, we strive to enhance prosthetic leg quality, making them more accessible, affordable, and suitable for users.

  • We are improving accessible rehabilitation services in sub-Saharan Africa by equipping centres with the tools,  materials and data management solutions that they need to make a good quality limb, and track their patients.

  •  Provide refurbished prosthetic leg components that can help significantly reduce the cost of a limb for someone, improving access for people from low-income households.
  • We are enhancing the expertise of professionals through ongoing training, equipping them to address the diverse and complex needs of individuals with various limb differences.
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