This project will provide free orthopedic care to 20 children with untreated limb disabilities in the developing world whose families cannot afford care. For these kids, mobility is more than movement. Mobility is hope, access to education, and the chance to live-self sufficiently.
97% of children with a disability in the developing world cannot afford even basic care. 90% of such children cannot physically walk the average 3 miles to school, and therefore never attend. Worldwide, the most common outcome for children with disabilities is dangerous and demeaning street begging. An untreated limb disability can threaten the self-sustainability of a child and their entire family. But a prosthetic limb, provided free of charge to ALTSO's patients, can change all of this.
ALTSO has collaborated with a prosthetics manufacturer in Gujarat, India to design "The Joshi"-a high-quality modular limb kit that meets international standards and increases the accessibility and modernization of prosthetic limbs in the developing world. Each component of the Joshi can be changed as a patient grows, ensuring their mobility is never at risk and allowing ALTSO to provide high-quality continuous care for all patients until the age of 18 at no cost to them or their families
This project will provide 20 children in the developing world with The Joshi. Mobility is more than movement, especially for children from the lowest economic backgrounds. For these 20 kids, mobility means access to education, increased self-esteem and improvement in their families' socio-economic status. Mobility is opportunity, empowerment and hope.