These happen because of vascular disease or diabetes, or due to landmine injuries, accidents, birth defects, and poor sanitation. Patients in the developing world often seek medical attention when it is too late to salvage a limb and amputation is the only option.
80% of the world’s amputees do not have access to modern prostheses.
Those who do are required to make unaffordable visits to clinics for design and attachment. Current plaster-cast prosthetics are on average heavier than natural arms with low functionality and are often worn only for cosmetic purposes.
Realizing this, Anudip has launched the 3D Printing for Development (3D4D) program to offer low-cost, lightweight, customized, 3D-printed prosthetics to needy amputees from slums and villages. The prosthetic devices developed and distributed by Anudip are muscle-powered mechanical devices that have made major positive impact on lives of patients.
As a step to making our prosthetics more useful and natural, Anudip, Mahavir Seva Sadan, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur are partnering to develop cost-effective control systems for functional and robust bionic prosthetics for upper body amputation. The program, targeted to serve 500 patients in 2018-19, has potential to scale to serve the million amputees in India – victims of factory and traffic accidents, landmines, police and army patients – and beyond.