Training female prosthetic technicians

Educational programs provide women with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the field of prosthetics, enhancing diversity and expertise in the industry.
Addressing the gender gap in the prosthetics industry is about job equality and enhancing the quality of care for all patients through diversity and empathy.
The field of prosthetics has historically been male-dominated, which impacts the level of comfort and care available, particularly for female patients. The presence of more female professionals in this sector is crucial for several reasons:

  • The scarcity of female prosthetic technicians affects the comfort and care level for female patients, who might prefer female practitioners for deeply personal fittings.

  • Female professionals bring unique insights and sensitivities to the prosthetic fitting process, essential for addressing concerns of intimacy, privacy, and understanding.

  • The industry's innovation and service quality can greatly benefit from the diverse insights and approaches that female technicians contribute, fostering a more inclusive and responsive environment for all patients.

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Approximately 38% of those with limb differences are women

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Kate
After losing her leg in an accident at 24, Kate's resilience, supported by a prosthetic leg and loved ones, enabled her to find joy in life's simple moments, emphasizing the strength in recovery and cherished connections.
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Tina
After a road traffic accident led to the amputation of her leg, Tina initially felt like a burden to her family. Now, having regained her independence, she has successfully returned to her work as a farmer.
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Hannah
Following an amputation due to an unhealing wound, Hannah viewed this challenge as a new beginning. She's regaining mobility, aiming to return to farming, fueled by her family's love and support.
What STAND is doing

STAND recognises the importance of addressing this gender disparity and is actively working to support and empower female professionals in the prosthetics field.

  • Funding education and training: Providing bursaries for women, particularly those with limb differences, to pursue courses in prosthetics and orthotics.

  • Facilitating work experience: Placing female trainees in supported centres to gain valuable work experience, enhancing their skills and employability.
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"There is an enormous need to develop the field of prosthetics in my country because of the high number of people with disabilities and we have very few professionals. Through TATCOT I have been able to lay a foundation in achieving greater things." Winnie, scholarship recipient
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