Our Work in Kenya
Legs4Africa’s work in Kenya seeks to equip under resourced mobility centres so that they, in turn, may better support individuals who have suffered limb loss.
The current situation
According to [Disability Rights Now] approximately 10 % of Kenya’s population of nearly 50 million are disabled. Over a quarter of this figure have restricted mobility, including people who have suffered limb loss.
It is believed that over half of the countries population live in poverty, this percentage increases when considering its disabled citizens and with over 40 % of disabled people being under the age of 14, it is clear that steps need to be taken to support Kenya’s disabled population.
Poverty is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes which, itself, is the most common reason that people undergo amputation in Africa. Low income leads to poor diet which puts individuals at a far higher risk of developing the condition which, if not treated, can lead to cell damage in the extremities, culminating in the need for amputation of feet or legs.
The Current Solution
Legs4Africa is working to meet the need for artificial legs and specialist tools in Kenya and working with AIC CURE International Hospital Kenya.
By recycling artificial legs from the UK and harnessing existing skills and infrastructure within African countries, such as Kenya, Legs4Africa is increasing the independence and opportunities of amputees and helping to improve their over all quality of life.
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
The Kijabi Ortopedic Hospital
Adapting prosthetic legs
Rehabilitation and Support