Artificial limbs to patients in Madagascar and Togo!

Artificial limbs to patients in Madagascar and Togo!

3D-printed prosthetic and orthopedic support to Madagascar and Togo is brought by US-based organization Humanity & Inclusion (HI), formerly known as Handicap International. In these countries, the Artificial limbs are provided to the patients that are created using 3D scanners and 3D printers. This comes as a part of "Impact 3D," a program launched in November 2017 and funded by the Belgian Development Agency. In developing countries, specialists can be scarce and materials cost high. Patients are at the risk of receiving poorly made or unadjusted artificial limbs which can cause skin sores, pressure wounds, and muscle fatigue. Now with HI's initiative, "scans can be sent directly by telephone to the specialist making the digital orthotic on a 3D printer. This is a trial project by HI. In this, a digital mold of an amputated limb is created by a small, lightweight 3D scanner. Doctors adapt this mold according to patients' needs through a computer modeling software. It creates thousands of layers of thermoplastic and a socket that correspond perfectly to the shape of the amputated limb are created when sent to a 3D printer. These trials will involve more patients in different locations in order to thoroughly test their methods. 3D printing is unlikely to become the only way of providing prosthetics but it could be a great option in certain circumstances.

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