Photo Caption: The Jaipur Limb Project

The Jaipur Limb Project

The Jaipur Limb project is a pro-active fund-raising and project-initiating body of Rotarians, drawn from all over RIBI (the Rotary International region covering Britain and Ireland). It was formed in 1985 and became a registered charity in 1995. The project gives hope to patients who have lost a limb in various circumstances. The Rotary Jaipur Limb Project was started in 1984 to give financial support to the Mahaveer Society for the Physically Handicapped. The Society provides artificial limbs, callipers and other mobility aids to the poor in India. The support was initially for the Permanent Centres in Jaipur & Delhi. However, in 1990, the Project extended into sponsorship of Rotary Limb Camps in India and this led to the establishment of Permanent Limb Centres in other countries with technical assistance from Master Technicians from Jaipur travelling to these centres to train the new staff. Co-ordination of this support, by Rotary Clubs in Britain & Ireland (RIBI), is through the Rotary Jaipur Limb Project.

The detailed work of organising Camps and Centres, giving talks to voluntary organisations and attending Conferences and Exhibitions to raise awareness and funds is carried out by a Management Committee of Rotarians, appointed by the Trustees of this Registered Charitable Trust. The trustees, assisted by several co-opted managers, divide their time between raising awareness of the project among Rotarians in RIBI, identifying appropriate sites for projects, principally in India and Africa, and assisting in the preparation of programmes, budgets and financing for those projects.

The bulk of their work in India revolves around Limb camps, with as many as 3000 patients turning up for help, but in Africa and other countries outside India they establish new permanent centres and provide on-going support for them by way of technician training, materials and equipments. Support continues for the Permanent Centres operating or newly opened in Khatmandu, Nepal, at Mannar in Sri Lanka and at Trivandrum, Nagercoil, Nahan, Changanacherry, Vijayawada and Dhanbad in India.

THE JAIPUR LIMB is a cheap and affordable artificial leg, developed at the Mahaveer hospital in Jaipur, India. The limb is durable and hard-wearing and will last an average of three or four years, longer if worn with a shoe The Jaipur foot is a clever combination of wood and various densities of rubber vulcanised into a realistic looking brown foot. All the raw materials are sourced locally thereby reducing the cost of production. While the cost of a Western technology produced limb is about €1,200 - €1, 500 the Jaipur technology produced limb cost just as little as €30-50. The beneficiaries are the disabled many of who literally come in off the streets to be fitted with artificial limbs. They are usually very poor, unable to pay for their treatment and frequently travel thousands of miles to reach the Centres. Many patients have lost legs through road and railway accidents with others incapacitated by disease, civil strife, farming and other accidents. They get fitted with a Jaipur limb for free.

PERMANENT LIMB CENTERS There are Permanent Limb Centres located outside of the Indian subcontinent to facilitate replacement of worn or damaged foot without the beneficiary having to travel far Significant numbers of people are being treated at centres in Central America and particularly across Africa. The following number of centres has been established in Kenya (2), Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda (2), Zambia and Zimbabwe. Further centres have been established in Abeokuta, Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda. In Nigeria, the prestigious ‘Ade Majiyagbe Memorial Limb Centre’ in Kano, Nigeria opened in June 2007 and a workshop in Gbagada, Lagos State, Nigeria is to be commissioned in 2009. Centres are, or will be, operational in 2009 in Abidjan & San Pedro in Cote d’Ivoire and planned for Benin and Ho in Ghana.

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Brought to the club’s attention by the Late Anthony Rowntree President 1990-1991.

Story by: Rotn TJ Olaleye


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