Our Work in Tanzania
Legs4Africa works closely with organisations in Tanzania to provide artificial legs for use by individuals who have suffered limb-loss.
Our work enables mobility centres to repair and fabricate prosthetic legs which amputees can use to lead independent and more inclusive lives.
The current situation
Tanzania has a population of approximately 56 Million. It’s relatively stable economy has resulted in a significant increase in urbanisation. This development, though good in many ways, is bad news for general health and has culminated in a rise of type 2 diabetes, the primary cause of limb-loss.
Furthermore, more vehicles on the road, primarily motorbikes, has lead to a rise in trauma based amputation.
Even though the country has the 12th biggest economy in Africa, access to quality prosthetic legs is beyond the means of the majority of amputees. This is where Legs4Africa can help.
The Current Solution
Legs4Africa has partnered with the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to lighten its burden by providing hard to get prosthetic legs and prosthetic leg components.. To date, Legs4Africa has shipped the parts for over 600 prosthetic legs.
The centre specialises in Orthopaedics, Prosthetics, Neurosurgery and Trauma Management and Training, and, to date, Legs4Africa has sent components to build approximately 500 prosthetic legs.
Though the hospital is government funded and well equipped, it is also under a lot of pressure from the number of patients it receives. Legs4Africa’s work allows the mobility workshops to better serve its patients with the provision of the components and materials they require to build custom prosthetic legs. In this way we are helping more amputees to have access to the prosthetics they need to lead more independent, inclusive and fulfilling 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
Stockpile of prosthetic legs before shipping to Tanzania
Sharing container space with other charities