Children and amputation in Africa
Because they are constantly growing, children who have suffered limb-loss require a new prosthetic leg roughly every twelve months.
In the UK these legs are usually provided by the NHS and children can receive all the care and support they need from specialist prosthetists.
However, in Africa, mobility centres are often unable to meet demand and many children are left without the prosthetics they need to live active, fulfilling lives.
What We Do
Legs4Africa works to meet this demand by collecting used artificial legs from young amputees in the UK and sending them over to West Africa where they can be re-adapted and fitted to children. We are currently working on expanding our collection to the rest of Western countries.
We are working closely with the Orthopedic Training Centre (OTC) in Ghana – a centre that specialises in children’s prosthetics.
“Here at the OTC at the moment we have four little ones with both legs amputated. The youngest among them is 15 months. We also have other children with one leg amputated. It is so important when we make the prosthetic for them that we have the Juvenile components for them. Often we are stuck particularly because of the lack of feet and the knee components. It is so important to get the little ones off to a good start.” Sister Elizabeth Newman, Orthotics Training Centre, Ghana.
How you Come In
Donating a child’s artificial leg is easy. Simply send us a message through the form at the bottom of this page explaining who you are and what you would like to donate, and we’ll work with you to make sure that your kind donation helps a child in Africa to get back on their feet as soon as possible.