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Ukraine Prosthetics Assistance Project a 100% success

The arms fit, the legs fit, everyone was left smiling.  US, Canadian, and Ukraine prosthetists all worked side by side, exhanging ideas and making unique, amazing prosthetic arms and legs. Now, the follow up begins!  Kudos to Tonya Kumka, of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress who concieved of all of this!!  She also was the organizer and made it come off without a hitch. Great work! 

 

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WRF Partners with ProsthetiKa

World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) has partnered with ProsthetiKa on projects in Haiti, Mexico, Bolivia, and Ecuador.  In thier most ambitious cooperative effort, WRF has joined ProsthetiKa in support of the Haiti prosthetics and orthotics facility. WRF contributes funding as well as logistical assistance in shipping materials. This joint effort has allowed each organization to maximize thier respective donations by essentially doubling the available resources. A big Thank You to WRF!!

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Tanzania Prosthetics Training

During the month of September, Jon Batzdorff, CPO provided training in Ischial Containment Prosthetic Socket Technology in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This technology is widely used in the US but rarely used in developing countries.  The purpose of the workshop was to help provide more comfortable and funcional prosthetic devices in developing countries and to provide these prostheses to a group of amputees in Tanzania. The twelve trainees worked in groups of two and following the step by step instructions to make prostheses for the amputees.

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Sustainability

Every project ProsthetiKa does, every request we get, and every penny we spend is put to a test:  Is it sustainable? 

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ProsthetiKa Partners with World Rehabilitation Fund in Haiti, Mexico, and Bolivia

ProsthetiKa has developed a close working relationship with World Rehabilitation Fund, cooperating on many projects, sharing resources, and expertice in helping serve the disabled in developing countries.  World Rehabilitation Fund, based in New York,  has a similar mission to ProsthetiKa, and has been conducting projects throughout the world since 1955. Jon Batzdorff, President of ProsthetiKa explained, "This is a wonderful advantage for our recipients and our donors.  When we partner in a project, we each match funds, 50/50.

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End of a big 2013, beginning of a big 2014

In 2013 ProsthetiKa sent teams and supplies to Haiti, Mexico, and Bolivia. We plan to follow up on all of these projects continuing assistance in 2014. We have been asked to help in the Phillippines as well where a new hospital with prosthetic and orthotic workshop is building built in the area devastated by the 2013 Hurricane. Thanks to all of the donors and volunteers who made this all happen and allow us to continue assisting disable men, women, and children in developing countries.

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Garrett Hurley leads teams to Mexico and Haiti in March, 2012

Garrett Hurley, CPO recently finsihed back to back ProsthetiKa trips to PROJIMO, Mexico and then Haiti. He was team leader and reports that both projects were successful.  Garrett Hurley, CPO just finished back to back trips to PROJIMO in Mexico and then ProsthetiKa/Haiti. He led teams in each project and rported that both went smoothly and very effectively.

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ProsthetiKa Haiti in 2012

The latest addition to ProsthetiKa Haiti  is the permanent steel canopy over the entire area to keep the sun and rain of the workers and the clients, improving working conditions dramatically. Left and right are the two workshop buildings. Directly ahead is the therapy room for gait training and physical therapy.

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ProsthetiKa Haiti Running Strong

Work continues and progresses at the Haiti workshop under the capable hands of Pierre, Rejouis, Gary, and Noel who have now been working at the workshop for over a year. ProsthetiKa continues to provide financial support and training.

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Back From Haiti

Much has happened since the last blog entry. We have sent our second team to Haiti. The containers arrived in perfect condition and are on the cement pad on the campus of Adventist Hospital in Port au Prince. We got the workshop up and running and begin fitting prostheses. We recruited a Haitian prosthetist and are recruiting another head prosthetist/instructor and two trainees. Our next group is heading to Haiti in a week.

Pictures and stories will be on the website soon.

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