Through working closely with in-country prosthetists and technicians we have learnt that many of the centres we work with simply do not have the facilities or the equipment to be able to provide amputees with adequate support.
Since 2020, we’ve been working alongside partners to work out exactly what they need in order to enhance services and improve amputee experiences at their centres.
We are hoping to enhance prosthetic and orthotic services for people in need. We are grateful to Legs4Africa and all its supporters for their wonderful donations that are putting us back in prosthetic fabrication
— Serge Alladagbe
A2D Services, Benin
In sub-Saharan Africa, the prosthetics and orthotics sector is hugely male-dominated. According to some, this can result in fewer female amputees accessing services as they are reluctant to go through the invasive procedures with a male prosthetist.
In 2020, we launched a new scholarship scheme which aims to enable women with limb-loss to increase their employability and build careers in the prosthetics industry, while challenging norms and stigma around gender and disability. We hope that through this scheme we can not only improve female representation within the sector, but we can also ensure more women are accessing the services and support they need to get back on their feet.
The scheme enables women with limb-loss to enrol in a one-year Certificate Course in Lower-Limb Prosthetics at TATCOT (Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists).
There is an enormous need to develop the field of prosthetics in my country because of the high number of people with disabilities and we have very few professionals. Through TATCOT I have been able to lay a foundation in achieving greater things.
— Winnie, scholarship recipient