Project themes:

The Challenge

There are hundreds of thousands of refugees and young people living with amputations in the developing world. Unfortunately, the prosthetic limbs currently available are either too expensive and or not fit for purpose.

Our Aim

IRT aims to support the development of high-activity, low-cost prosthetics which will help refugees and people in developing countries to regain their mobility and live with dignity.

Areas of work

area of workIRT has partnered with an independent inventor to produce high-activity, low-cost prosthetics for people living in developing countries and refugee camps. While a Western-manufactured, carbon-fibre foot might cost in the region of $3,000 USD, the intention is to provide a lower limb prosthetic, with a mobile ankle, for under $100. The main objectives of this project are:

  • To run a pilot project providing prosthetics for a test group of 20 – 30 beneficiaries.
  • To set up production of the prosthetics, including delivery of a training package to cover the manufacturing process.
  • To then use the lessons learnt, to improve the product and service in order to rapidly expand the programme to places of greatest need.

The combinations of: simplicity of design, availability of raw materials, ability to manufacture on site and the planned training package all combine to create truly sustainable change for the world’s poorest amputees, many of whom are refugees.

Our partner

project partner 1The Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT)

TATCOT is a supra-regional training centre providing courses in the field of orthopaedic technology in Africa. The Centre provides the ideal location for testing the technology, advising on modifications and improvements, and refining the manufacturing process, so that the technology might be easily replicated in developing world countries.