FAQ

FAQ: Community Outreach

For those interested in learning more about the possibility of arranging a community visit from our mobile clinic services and understanding the specific regions we currently serve, we encourage you to visit our projects page. There, you’ll find detailed information on the countries and communities we are actively working in, along with guidance on how to connect with us through the national services partnered with STAND. Click here to visit our projects page. This approach ensures that requests are managed efficiently and aligned with our capacity to provide support.

You can support our community outreach projects by donating funds, volunteering your time, or advocating for our cause within your network. Donations help us cover operational costs like vehicle maintenance, fuel, and medical supplies, ensuring we can reach and support as many individuals as possible. Visit our website to learn more about how you can make a difference.

Funding for our community outreach projects covers a range of necessities, including the acquisition and maintenance of vehicles, fuel, medical supplies for the clinics, training for the outreach team, and support for the comprehensive services provided during the visits.

Community outreach, also known as mobile clinics or treks, refers to our initiative to bring holistic rehabilitation services, including prosthetic fittings, counselling, and support, directly to individuals in remote or underserved areas. This approach ensures that quality care and support are accessible to those who may not have the means or ability to travel to a fixed rehabilitation centre.

Community outreach benefits individuals with limb differences, their families, and broader communities in areas with limited access to rehabilitation services. It’s designed to support those who are most in need and might otherwise go without necessary care and support.

Several barriers prevent individuals from accessing rehabilitation centres, including geographical remoteness, financial constraints, lack of transportation, and physical limitations. Our community outreach (mobile clinics) aims to bridge this gap, ensuring that everyone has access to the care and support they need, regardless of their circumstances.

FAQ: Corporate Supoprt

Partnering with STAND is a great way to enhance your CSR initiative, become a purpose-led business, and stand together. If you’re interested in learning about the various projects you can fund to make a significant impact, please visit our corporate partnership page on the website. You’ll find a form there to get in touch with us and explore the opportunities available for your contribution.

FAQ: Education

STAND emphasizes training female prosthetists to address gender disparities in the prosthetics and orthotics field. This initiative not only ensures that women and girls with limb differences receive empathetic care but also empowers women with career opportunities in a field where they have been historically underrepresented.

While STAND’s funding is typically allocated through partner recommendations, we welcome discussions with donors interested in supporting specific individuals or initiatives. Please contact us to explore how we can align your contributions with our training programs.

Our training funding is directed towards candidates identified through our partner rehabilitation centres. If you’re passionate about pursuing a career in this field, we encourage you to connect with a STAND-supported centre in your area to discuss available opportunities.

No, individuals do not need a prior relationship with STAND to be considered for training. Our partners identify candidates based on potential impact and commitment to the field.

Individuals interested in training opportunities are selected through our partner rehabilitation centres, which identify candidates from within our focus countries. Training takes place at accredited institutions specializing in prosthetics and orthotics, often in collaboration with local and international educational facilities.

The decision on who to train and in what specific areas of prosthetics and orthotics is deeply informed by the needs of the communities we serve and the evolving landscape of the prosthetics and orthotics field. This process is guided by a needs-based approach and professional judgement, taking into account the local demand for certain skills, the potential for impact, and the aspirations and capabilities of the individuals applying for training. By aligning our training programs with the specific needs of communities and leveraging the expertise of our staff and partners, we ensure that our training efforts contribute meaningfully to the overall improvement of prosthetic and orthotic care in sub-Saharan Africa.

The duration of training varies by program, from short courses spanning a few months to full-degree programs lasting several years. Each training opportunity is designed to meet the comprehensive needs of the profession and the individuals we serve.

The demand for qualified prosthetists far exceeds the current supply, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. STAND is committed to increasing the number of trained professionals to meet this growing need.

Training programs are run based on the needs identified by our partner organizations and the availability of resources. We aim to offer regular training opportunities throughout the year.

STAND collaborates with a range of accredited training facilities known for their excellence in prosthetics and orthotics education. Costs covered include tuition, materials, and sometimes accommodation, depending on the specific program and partnership agreements.

Candidates typically require a foundational education in science or related fields, though specific requirements can vary by program. Passion for the field and a commitment to improving lives are crucial.

We fund training in prosthetics and orthotics, focusing on programs that equip individuals with the skills needed to make a tangible difference in the lives of people with limb differences.

STAND does not fund training unrelated to prosthetics, orthotics, or rehabilitation services. Our goal is to direct resources towards building capacity within these specific fields.

STAND funds a diverse range of training opportunities, from certificate programs to full degrees, focusing on areas that will have the most significant impact on communities we serve.

STAND emphasises training female prosthetists to address gender disparities in the prosthetics and orthotics field. This initiative ensures that women and girls with limb differences receive empathetic care and empowers women with career opportunities in a field where they have been historically underrepresented.

FAQ: General Knowledge

All requests and correspondence should go through this form. Here, there is space for you to be providing details about the workshop’s services, the needs of the amputees they serve, and specific ways in which STAND’s support could help enhance their capacity. Our aim is to understand the unique challenges and opportunities of each workshop to tailor our support effectively.

Challenging gender inequality is integral to STAND’s work. We actively promote the training and employment of female prosthetic technicians, ensure that our programs are accessible to women and girls with limb differences, and strive to address the specific challenges they face. By advocating for gender-sensitive practices and policies within the prosthetics and orthotics field, we contribute to a more inclusive and equitable environment.

STAND is committed to ensuring that all prosthetic limbs and components sent to Africa are high quality and fit for purpose. Our rigorous quality control process involves thorough inspection, refurbishment, and customisation to meet the specific needs of recipients. We work closely with our partners to ensure that donations enhance, rather than burden, local capacity and meet the highest standards of care and support.

While recycling prosthetic legs is a significant part of our work, STAND’s mission encompasses much more. We’re dedicated to holistic rehabilitation, which includes providing access to quality prosthetic limbs, supporting training for prosthetic technicians, offering counselling and peer support, and engaging in community outreach programs. Our holistic approach aims to address the varied needs of individuals with limb differences, ensuring they have the support to lead fulfilling lives.

If you’re interested in working with STAND, please keep an eye on our website, where we list current job openings and volunteer opportunities. We welcome applications from passionate individuals who share our commitment to improving the lives of individuals with limb differences. Whether your skills are in prosthetics, counselling, administration, or fundraising, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’re an amputee looking to get a prosthetic leg through STAND, we invite you to connect with one of our partner rehabilitation centres closest to you. These centres work closely with us to provide prosthetic limbs to individuals in need. Our team and partners are dedicated to ensuring you receive the support and care you need to navigate the process of getting fitted for a prosthetic leg, tailored to your specific requirements.

Decolonisation, in the context of our work, refers to our commitment to challenging and dismantling the remnants of colonial structures and mindsets that persist in global health and development. This involves promoting local leadership, respecting and uplifting local knowledge and practices, and working towards systems that empower rather than impose. It’s about shifting the narrative from aid to equitable collaboration.

Equitable partnerships refer to our commitment to creating relationships based on mutual respect, transparency, and shared goals, where all parties have an equal say in the partnership’s direction and outcomes. At STAND, this means working closely with local communities, clinics, and organizations in a way that respects their expertise and knowledge, ensuring that our support is responsive to their needs and contributes to sustainable improvements.

STAND’s latest impact report can be found on our website under the ‘About Us’ section, then ‘Our Impact.’ These reports offer a comprehensive overview of our activities, achievements, and the tangible difference our work makes in the lives of individuals with limb differences. The reports are a testament to the hard work of our team, partners, and the communities we serve.

FAQ: How to help

Safety is our utmost priority. Refurbished prosthetics are only provided to recipients after careful assessment and customization to ensure they are appropriate and safe for use. These processes are overseen by qualified professionals who specialize in prosthetic care.

All prosthetic limbs and components are thoroughly cleaned and serviced as part of our refurbishment process. This step is crucial to ensure that each piece meets health and safety standards, guaranteeing the well-being of recipients.

Yes, STAND supports the repair of prosthetic limbs as part of our commitment to sustainable and long-term care. We provide training and resources to local partners, ensuring individuals have access to maintenance and repair services, thereby extending the life and functionality of the prosthetics.

STAND welcomes volunteers with a variety of skills and interests. Whether you’re looking to support our operations, assist in fundraising efforts, or contribute your expertise in prosthetics and orthotics, there’s a place for you. Get in touch to find out more.

If you have a prosthetic limb or component you wish to donate, please visit our website for detailed instructions on how to send it to us. We provide information on drop-off locations, mailing instructions, and how to prepare your donation for shipping.

Ensuring the quality of the prosthetic limbs we provide is a cornerstone of STAND’s mission. Each donated limb undergoes a rigorous inspection and refurbishment process by trained professionals to meet our high standards before being matched with recipients. This ensures that all prosthetics are functional, safe, and tailored to the needs of the individual.

Supporting our fundraising initiatives is a fantastic way to get involved, and stand together. Please visit our community fundraising page ‘Fundraise with Us!’ paged ideas on how you can run an event in collaboration with us. There you will also find contact details to reach out to our fundraising manager directly.

The reason prosthetics that cannot be reused in the UK are recycled and used in Africa stems from differing regulations and a critical need for these devices in resource-limited settings. We adhere to ethical guidelines, ensuring that only quality, functional prosthetics are provided to individuals in need, thereby supporting equitable access to mobility aids without compromising safety or dignity.

STAND collects and recycles prosthetic limbs, components, and other prosthetics that are still in usable condition or can be refurbished. This includes legs, feet, knees, sockets and socket liners that can be adapted to fit new users.

For a full list visit our ‘What we collect page‘.

At STAND, our focus is primarily on collecting and recycling prosthetic limbs and their components. Therefore, there are items we do not accept, including shoes, wheelchairs, crutches, custom-made orthosis, used silicone liners, used suspension sleeves, and any other items not specified on our accepted donations page. We encourage those who wish to donate these types of items to seek local charities or organisations that specialise in these areas. Our dedicated page provides detailed information on what we can and cannot recycle, helping donors understand how best to support our efforts. For more details, please visit this page.

Scrapping a prosthetic leg contributes to landfill waste and the loss of valuable materials that could otherwise be reused. By recycling or refurbishing prosthetic limbs, we significantly reduce environmental impact, conserve resources, and provide life-changing mobility aids to individuals who need them.

The percentage of donated limbs that are sent out varies, largely depending on the condition of donations and specific needs at our partner centres. Our standards for refurbishment are strict; only items that pass our quality checks and are deemed safe and beneficial for use are distributed.

We are committed to transparency and efficiency in how funds are used. A significant portion of our fundraising directly supports our projects, including providing prosthetic limbs, running counselling services, and training staff. Specific percentages may vary year by year; please refer to our impact report or contact us for the most current information.

STAND is committed to repurposing prosthetic limbs and components from a broad range of countries to maximize our impact. Currently, we accept donations from the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, the USA, Canada, and Australia. Our ability to work with donations from within the European Union (EU) is flexible, and we encourage potential donors from EU countries to contact us for more information. For those outside these regions, we recommend connecting with a local leg donation hub to contribute within your community. This global approach allows us to gather a wide variety of prosthetic materials, which are crucial for supporting our mission in sub-Saharan Africa.

When a prosthetic limb is donated to STAND, donors are fully relieved of any liability regarding the prosthetic’s future use. This transition of responsibility is clearly outlined in our processes and documentation. From the moment we accept a donation, STAND assumes responsibility for the initial quality checks and preparation of the prosthetic for its next use. However, once these prosthetics or components are passed on to our partner clinics and technicians, liability is then transferred to these professionals. This is in accordance with the agreements we have in place with our partners, ensuring they assume responsibility for the final fitting and ongoing maintenance of the prosthetics. These measures ensure that all parties are protected and that the prosthetics provided meet the necessary standards of care and safety for the recipients.

Prosthetic limbs are prime candidates for refurbishment due to their construction from high-quality, durable materials such as metals, plastics, and carbon fiber. These materials ensure that, even after their initial period of use, prosthetic components can often remain in excellent condition, ready to be given a new life. The process of refurbishing these limbs, however, requires a nuanced understanding of both the technical aspects of prosthetics and the specific needs of new users. STAND specialises in this refurbishment process, meticulously inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting each component to meet our strict standards for safety and functionality. Through our dedicated efforts and partnerships, we are able to navigate the complexities involved, ensuring that these valuable resources are utilised to their fullest potential, providing mobility and independence to individuals in need.

STAND focuses on sustainability to address the environmental impact of prosthetic limb waste and to ensure that these valuable resources reach individuals in need, rather than ending up in landfills. Our sustainability efforts also aim to promote environmental responsibility within the healthcare sector and reduce the carbon footprint associated with prosthetic limbs.

We endeavour to invest the highest percentage possible of donations into project directly. However, a portion of donations will always be required to support essential operational costs, including staff who implement our projects, fundraising activities to reach more donors, and marketing to raise awareness. However, we strive to ensure that the majority of funds directly support our core mission and project’s.

FAQ: Rehabilitation

STAND collaborates with both private and public hospitals and rehabilitation centres across Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on those who share our commitment to accessible and high-quality prosthetic care.

The legs donated to us are disassembled into their modular components, and most of the time, these legs include a footshell with a white skin tone – whilst, in general, the recipients of these footshells have a brown skin tone. There are options for the recipient rehabilitation centres to source local cosmetic finishing and aim to match the cosmetic finishing to the colour tone of the patient/amputee. Most importantly, the cosmetic finishing choice hugely depends on the patient’s choice, as some may opt for a cosmetic finish different from matching skin colour. Also, while most of the feet are caucasian skin, this hasn’t and shouldn’t be a concern as they are often worn in shoes.

No. As an organisation, we believe in sustainable partnerships with organisations (including rehabilitation centres, clinics, and community groups). We support these partners in making needs-based decisions based on their qualified and experienced professional judgment. This approach presents an opportunity to not just help one person but to develop the long-term, holistic improvement of entire communities. If you wish to see the impact that your donation can have, click here.

No. At present, STAND specialises in prosthetic limbs. We recommend contacting local organisations that can directly benefit from orthotic devices, aligning with our ethos of local solutions first.

Yes we do, please get in touch with us on this page, and we can help get your donation to us.

No. Our primary mission is focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, where we work hand-in-hand with local prosthetic teams and community organisations. This targeted approach allows us to make the most significant impact where it’s needed most.

No. Our focus is on refurbishing and providing prosthetic limbs and holistic rehabilitation. We encourage those with single shoes to support local charities where such donations can directly benefit others.

No. Prosthetic legs comprise modular components, including a socket, a knee, a foot, and a foot shell with various connecting adaptors and pylons. Donated legs are dismantled by professional prosthetists either in a donor clinic or in our workshop in Bristol. These components are then run through quality control and refurbished. Then, on a needs basis, our partner centres in sub-Saharan will request a stock list of varying quantities of components, which will be shipped to these clinics and combined into a new leg based on the end user’s requirements. This way, the one-leg donation can help up to 5 people.

To donate a prosthetic leg, please contact us through this page. Your generous donation will embark on a new life, offering independence and mobility to someone in need. Your contribution is a step towards changing a life.

Understanding the specific needs of the clinics we partner with is crucial to our mission. We achieve this through ongoing communication, building strong partnerships based on trust, and utilising bespoke stock systems that are informed by the clinics’ direct feedback and our accumulated experience. Trust between STAND and our partner clinics is cultivated over time, allowing for open and honest discussions about needs and capabilities. Our approach is underpinned by the professional judgement of our team and the local clinic staff, who are best positioned to assess the immediate needs of their communities. This collaborative effort ensures that our support is targeted, effective, and responsive to the dynamic needs of those we serve.

Your support can take many forms, from donations to volunteering and advocating for our cause. Engaging with our stories and sharing our mission can amplify our impact, enabling us to reach more individuals in need.

Prosthetic limbs that do not meet our stringent quality standards for refurbishment undergo a careful assessment to determine the most responsible course of action. While we strive to recycle as much as possible, particularly metal components, we acknowledge that not all parts of a prosthetic limb can be recycled due to the nature of their materials, such as silicone liners and damaged feet. In these cases, we are committed to minimising waste and exploring environmentally responsible disposal methods. Our priority remains to ensure that every donation we receive is utilised in the most effective and sustainable way possible, reflecting our dedication to both our mission and environmental stewardship.

Our partner centres across Africa offer comprehensive upgrades, including modern prosthetic solutions, training for clinical staff, and improvements to rehabilitation services, ensuring high-quality care for all.

We aim to expand our support to as many communities as possible. Limitations are often due to resources and logistics. However, we are continually assessing opportunities to include more countries within our mission.

FAQ: Research and Development

If you have a technology, innovation, or idea you believe could benefit our work at STAND, we are open to learning more. Our commitment is to provide the most effective, sustainable, and impactful solutions to those we serve, and new ideas are always welcome.

Please see our R&D page. We believe that the future of the P&O industry has to include local manufacturing as an avenue to reduce prices and increase accessibility. We will not stop refurbishing prosthetic legs, however we do recognise that this is a short term solution which reinforces the dependency on foreign aid. By developing the P&O industry through training, upgrading and R&D into localised manufacturing of low-cost, high-quality prosthetic legs – we can hopefully work together to build a future in which STAND no longer needs to exist. 

3D printing technology allows for the production of complex components such as sockets and custom-fit parts for prosthetic limbs. This technology shows promise for creating more personalized and accessible prosthetics, especially as it becomes more affordable and accessible globally.

The field of prosthetics is rapidly advancing, with technologies ranging from advanced materials for lighter and stronger limbs, to sophisticated electronics for powered prosthetics, and innovative fabrication techniques like 3D printing. STAND keeps abreast of these developments to explore their application within our mission.

Availability of local components varies by region but may include basic prosthetic parts and materials for customization and fitting. STAND works closely with local partners to identify and utilize available resources, reducing dependency on imports.

FAQ: Skill Sharing

For those interested in contributing to skill sharing through work placements, volunteering at OTCs workshops, or other means such as giving talks or webinars, we invite you to explore our skills sharing project page. Here you’ll find information relevant to opportunities for recent university graduates, gap year students, interns, and professionals looking to share their expertise. While we are developing our program, specifics such as placement durations, stipend availability, location choices, and partnership details are outlined to provide clarity on how you can get involved. To express your interest and learn more about the opportunities that align with your skills and how you can contribute to our mission, please fill out the ‘Express Interest‘ form available on the contact page

FAQ: Trusts and Grants

STAND’s operations and projects are supported by a variety of donors, including individual supporters, charitable foundations, corporate partners, and sometimes government grants, all committed to improving the lives of individuals with limb differences. For an in-depth look at our funding sources and financial management, our financial reports are readily available for review.

For those interested in viewing our financial statements to understand how we allocate resources and ensure fiscal responsibility, our comprehensive financial documentation is accessible on our policies page.

Additionally, STAND’s commitment to transparency and accountability extends to our governance. Our trust deed, policies, and other key documents that guide our operations and ethical standards are available in our policy library, providing insight into our organizational practices and principles.

STAND operates primarily through partnerships, believing strongly in the power of collaboration to amplify our impact. We partner with local and international rehabilitation centres, orthopaedic workshops, amputee support groups, healthcare providers, and educational institutions to ensure that our efforts are well-integrated into the communities we serve. These partnerships allow us to leverage local expertise, ensure culturally sensitive and appropriate support, and build capacity within local systems for sustainable improvements. By working closely with a network of dedicated partners, STAND is able to reach more individuals in need, fostering environments where people with limb differences can thrive.

FAQ: Wellbeing

Yes, we collaborate with community-based organisations (CBOs) and disabled persons’ organisations (DPOs) to provide comprehensive support, including counselling, peer support, and community integration activities.

This depends on the circumstances and locations in which potential clients are to be engaged. In Gambia and Ghana, whilst we do register new clients over the phone and have a presence at partnering rehabilitation services, much of our work focuses on engaging newly amputated individuals. Through partnerships with key surgical hospitals in project areas we meet clients in person initially on wards and begin to introduce the concept of peer-counselling and the community individuals can join. If they consent we register them on our systems and the coordination teams then assign a peer-counsellor to follow up. We try to match clients with counsellors of a similar background – e.g. gender, age, cause of amputation and languages spoken – however this is not always possible.

From there sessions are conducted by trained peer-counsellors and can be undertaken face-to-face, over the phone, or via online platforms, depending on the individual’s preference, access to technology and location in relation to their peer-counsellor. With the consent of the client, home visits can be undertaken, these are often a time for the family to engage with the peer-counsellors too, as there are many challenges and questions from the caregiver side also.

Outside of Gambia and Ghana, our partnering centres in other countries may provide emotional rehabilitation services. Feel free to reach out to them or us and we can understand your situation and if possible refer to them.

You can contact the local peer-counselling services in Gambia or Ghana directly on: 

Gambia Counselling and Peer-Support General Enquiries: +2203197936

Ghana Peer-Counselling Team : +233 559983797 or +233 549946696

Our partner ASNU in Uganda also organises emotional rehabilitation services

ASNU:  https://www.asnufoundation.org/ 

If you are based elsewhere and have a local rehabilitation centre or hospital, please engage with them to find out what services are available.

For further questions please reach out to us at hello@stand.ngo.

The number of sessions is tailored to the individual’s needs. Our approach is flexible, ensuring that each person receives the depth of support required to navigate their journey towards wellbeing effectively.

The lived experience of persons with limb loss or difference is fundamental to effective peer-counselling and peer-support, this is complimented through training of our peer-counselling teams by local qualified psychologists. They develop training regimes taking into account the core tenets of counselling, local context, educational experience and the lived experience of the candidates to be trained.

After initial training peer-counsellors develop their skills vocationally, working with and learning from more experienced peer-counsellors delivering in-person peer-counselling. This is coupled with ongoing supervisions sessions with psychologists who develop a space for peer-learning and discussion to help learn from individual experiences in a shared space.

The psychologists that we work with presently are qualified either in the country they work or through academic institutions in Europe. All have experience of working and teaching on mental health in Europe too.

The cost of a prosthetic leg varies depending on the type, component composition, and complexity, but a brand new prosthetic leg made with modular components can cost up to $2000, and even more, in out-of-pocket expenses. However, through donations and our refurbishment program, we strive to support our partners to be able to provide prosthetic legs at highly subsidised costs, without any cost attached for the components themselves, and in many cases, this means the prosthetic leg can be provided at a low cost.

Accessibility means ensuring that everyone who needs counselling support can receive it, regardless of their location, financial situation, or the severity of their needs. This includes offering services in multiple languages, remote counselling options, and ensuring there are no financial barriers to access.

Counselling plays a pivotal role in communities by fostering resilience, reducing stigma around limb differences and mental health, and supporting the collective healing and integration of individuals with limb differences. It contributes to a more inclusive and supportive community environment.

Peer-counselling services that we provide directly or through partners are offered in Gambia and Ghana. We aim to make our services as accessible as possible, providing support in both physical locations and through remote options.  This is through a mixture of in-person sessions at partnered hospitals, rehab centres and in the community as well as over the phone and digital methods such as WhatsApp.

Our peer-counselling services are primarily aimed at individuals with limb differences or limb loss, their families, and communities.

At STAND, we value the profound impact of lived experience on our peer-counselling services. It fosters a deeper empathy and understanding, creating a space where individuals feel truly seen and supported. This approach enriches our community with insights that only those who’ve walked similar paths can offer.

Mobility and mental health are deeply interconnected. By focusing on counselling, we address the holistic needs of individuals, recognising that true independence and mobility extend beyond the physical aspect. Emotional wellbeing is crucial for empowering individuals to fully engage with their communities and lead fulfilling lives.

People can seek or may need counselling for many different reasons. Counselling can be beneficial for anyone navigating the emotional complexities of limb loss, adjustment to a prosthetic limb, or their social circumstances and relationships post-amputation for example.

Much of our peer-counselling work in Gambia and Ghana focuses on persons who are newly amputated, with the trauma of limb loss fresh and a limited knowledge of what will happen next, having someone with similar experiences to talk with can help work through those emotions.

Besides that we also work with people who’ve been amputated for some time and are wanting to work through a challenging situation, or are looking to our teams for peer-support and knowledge on a particular aspect of their life and rehabilitation journey. Whatever the circumstances you may feel you’re in, you are welcome to contact us and we can refer you to relevant services for further discussions. 

While individual experiences vary and it may not be suitable for everyone, counselling is a powerful tool for improving emotional wellbeing, offering a space to explore feelings, develop coping strategies, and foster a sense of empowerment. 

The teams we work with in Gambia and Ghana for the most part have experienced limb loss. Meaning they can connect around the rehabilitation journey in a way which testimonies of clients suggest can help in reducing the loneliness and isolation felt after amputation, as well as giving the encouragement to move forwards from a position of understanding.