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 the realm of prosthetics and orthotics in sub-Saharan Africa, a significant gender disparity exists. This male-dominated industry can deter female amputees from accessing essential services, as they may feel uncomfortable undergoing invasive procedures facilitated by a male prosthetist.
Recognising this gender gap, we initiated a scholarship program in 2020, specifically designed to empower women with limb loss. Our goal was to increase their employability, foster careers in the prosthetics industry, and challenge entrenched societal norms and stigmas related to gender and disability. By bolstering female representation in the sector, we aimed to create a more welcoming and accessible environment for women in need of prosthetic services.
This initiative has since evolved and is no longer exclusive to women, promoting a more inclusive approach. Today, we sponsor students of all genders to study at the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT), leading the way towards a diverse and empathetic prosthetics and orthotics sector.
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