Our Work in Zambia
Legs4Africa provides qualified professionals with the materials and components that they need to repair and create prosthetic legs for use by amputees. These legs provide mobility and allow amputees to lead more independent and productive lives.
The current situation
In Zambia, as in many parts of Africa, type 2 diabetes is on the rise. This is mainly due to poor socioeconomic conditions and the influx of cheap, low quality food which leads to bad diets. Furthermore, information on prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes is scarce and, If preventative steps are not taken, diabetes can lead to amputation.
In Africa, disability often leads to exclusion by society. Moreover, their poor economic and social status can result in difficult living conditions.
Add to this low standards of health and safety, road accidents and insufficient medical skills or resources, there is a high demand by amputees for artificial legs.
The Current Solution
Legs4Africa has partnered with the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia. to In July, 2015, Legs4Africa sent a consignment of 600 prosthetic legs for adaption and fitting.
Though the hospital struggles to meet demand with its limited access to prosthetic leg components, it is fully staffed and equipped with high grade equipment.
Legs4Africa is working to provide the hospital with the rare and hard to source prosthetic legs that they so desperately need so that, in turn, the hospital can provide its patients with a means of mobility and the chance to live a more productive and inclusive 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
Ruth Chisanga aged 21
Marry Musoni aged 18
Victor Shawa aged 27