The recycled components are then used to build or repair prosthetic legs for amputees who would otherwise go without
Many amputees across Africa assume they will never walk again after losing a leg – the cost of imported components is incredibly high and grossly unaffordable for the large majority of people across the continent. Through recycling parts that are deemed as ‘medical waste’ here in the UK we can give people the ultimate leg-up in Africa.
Legs4Africa only send equipment to hospitals that have qualified prosthetists, physiotherapists and technicians so they know that components will be used appropriately and effectively. The staff in Africa need to have the machinery and the required expertise to be able to build good quality custom made sockets and adapted prosthetic legs.
Since 2014, we have sent enough parts to build or repair over 5,000 prosthetic legs.
Once they have received their prosthetic leg, the amputees go through a physical and emotional rehabilitation programme.
“Giving someone a prosthetic leg is like giving someone their life back. It never gets boring”
Gabu Jarjue (The Gambia’s only prosthetist)
Who’s already funding this?
This is currently being funded by public donations. If you would like to contribute please click here.
Read Prince’s story here
What’s been happening…
- First shipment for Senegal
- Why I want to work for Legs4Africa
- Leg Donor Legend
- Introducing our hero, Jonathan Rhoades
- Inspired volunteer goes to Uganda