Children
 India
Project #25787

Gift of Hand - 3D Printed Prosthetics

by AarogyaSeva: Global Health Volunteer Alliance
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Summary

In India there are 2.6 million people living with disability. A majority of the disabled have no accessibility, availability, and utilization of rehabilitation services. 3D-printable prosthetics are changing the face of medicine, as engineers and physicians are able to develop prosthetics that are fully customized to the wearer. What we intend to do is, to start with, make mechanical hands for children who are missing fingers and amputees using 3-D printers, and give them away for free.
$5,000.00
total goal
$3,485.00
remaining
17
donors
0
monthly donors
2
months active

Challenge

Disability is an important public health problem in India with 2.6 million people living with disability according to the 2011 census. A majority of the disabled reside in rural areas where accessibility, availability, and utilization of rehabilitation services and its cost-effectiveness are major challenges. With some exceptions, the situation for people with disability in urban areas resembles rural areas. It is necessary to improve the quality and access to healthcare for disabled persons.

Solution

3D-printable prosthetics are changing the face of medicine, as engineers and physicians are able to develop prosthetics that are fully customized to the wearer. What we intend to do is, to start with, make mechanical hands for children who are missing fingers and below elbow amputees using 3-D printers, and give them away for free. A prosthetic arm these days can costs upto $40,000. With a 3-D printer, we can start making these things almost for nothing.

Long-Term Impact

It will also give opportunities for student entrepreneurs to innovate further and create a global movement and a community of makers, tinkerers, artists, designers, humanitarians, teachers, parents, children, engineers, occupational therapists, medical professionals, philanthropists, inventors and everyday people who can using the 3D printers and design skills to create free 3D printed prosthetics and prototypes for those who need them.

Resources

http:/​/​www.aarogyaseva.org/​3-d-3-p-printable-prosthetics/​

Organization Information

AarogyaSeva: Global Health Volunteer Alliance

Location: Phoenix, AZ - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.dfs.ngo
Project Leader:
Dayaprasad Kulkarni
Phoenix, AZ United States

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