Our Work in Ghana
Within the last decade Ghana has achieved the status of a middle income country. Despite this moderate increase in its economy, the stigma of disability persists as does the reluctance to help its disabled population.
Legs4Africa works to help empower people with disabilities by providing resources and support to Ghana’s mobility centres so that they may, in turn, help men, women and children, given the right help, prove that people with disabilities are just as productive and important as anyone else.
The current situation
Ghana has a population of about 30 Million and is nestled between Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. When compared with other countries in west Africa, Ghana is relatively developed, however, the increase in urbanisation and its consequential change in diet has caused a significant increase of type 2 diabetes, a major cause of limb-loss.
The Current Solution
Legs4Africa has partnered with the Orthopaedic Training Centre (OTC) in Ghana to provide regular consignments of prosthetic leg components to be refurbished and reused for its patients.
Over 6,000 people a year, mainly children, are helped at the OTC or receive the help they need from the mobile orthopaedic unit. The OTC employs 68 full time staff who are all dedicated to make the OTC a place of hope for those who are physically challenged.
In a society where people with disabilities are marginalised, simply ignored and, in some cases, persecuted, it is essential that institutions such as the OTC remain beacons of hope for people with disabilities. Legs4Africa is proud to support such places by providing hard to source components, tools and training to support the centre’s amputee patients.
Legs4Africa and the OTC are working hard to provide the means for amputees to live happy and prosperous lives.
What we’ve shipped so far
“Giving someone a prosthetic leg is like giving someone back their life again. It never gets boring”Gabu Jarjue
Where our support comes from
Children in class at the OTC
OTC Training Workshop
Rehabilitation and Support