Refurbishing Prosthetic Legs

Rescuing serviceable prosthetics involves collecting and refurbishing previously used or surplus prosthetic limbs and components that are still in good condition, and delivering them to the rehabilitation centres that need them.

The initiative to refurbish prosthetic legs emerges as a crucial solution to several pressing challenges faced by individuals in need of mobility aids, especially in regions within sub-Saharan Africa where cost and availability pose significant barriers.

  • One of the significant hurdles includes the high cost of new prosthetic components,  which can often amount to more than a year's wages for someone in sub-Saharan Africa. This makes access to prosthetic care unattainable for many.

  • Another challenge is disposing of medical items, including prosthetic limbs, in the UK, Europe, and other countries in the Global North. Though still functional, these items are often discarded due to logistical challenges, leading to unnecessary waste.

  • Despite the challenges in cost and disposal, many prosthetic limbs are built to last and require only minor adjustments, cleaning, or the replacement of parts to be fully functional again. This underscores the potential for these devices to be reused rather than wasted.
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What STAND is doing

STAND has taken proactive steps to enhance the accessibility and sustainability of prosthetic care:

  • By dismantling prosthetic limbs destined for scrap and then refurbishing the components, we provide cost-effective solutions that extend the lifespan of high-quality, durable prosthetics, making them available to those in need.
  • Our efforts to rescue and repurpose serviceable prosthetics address critical healthcare needs, ensuring that functional devices are utilised to their fullest potential instead of discarded.
  • We send refurbished tools and machines to our partnering centres in Africa, facilitating the local refurbishment of prosthetic limbs.

    STAND addresses the dual challenges of environmental sustainability and healthcare equity through these initiatives, ensuring more individuals have access to the life-changing benefits of prosthetic limbs.

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We've successfully rescued over 18,000 prosthetic devices.
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