MOBILITY

 

We provide appropriately fitted wheelchairs to individuals in need and build the capacities of the local partner organizations to ensure continued clinical service and maintenance.

 

We design and manufacture low-cost wheelchairs that are built for the context of the countries we work in.

Since most wheelchairs are designed and manufactured for the developed-world market, the cost and functionality do not meet the needs of individuals in developing countries. Our wheelchairs and accessories have easily replaceable parts, are adjustable to meet a wide variety of sizes and needs, and are built to endure unpaved roads, humid temperatures and inaccessible spaces. And because we are able to cut out middle-men and complicated funding systems, we can dramatically reduce the cost of products.

We train our partners around the world on the clinical service of wheelchair provision. Our training is consistent with WHO standards and allows us to develop sustainable systems for provision.

Children grow, posture changes over time, and wear and tear on equipment requires maintenance. That’s why we provide standardized wheelchair service courses and tailor-made training to our in-country partners, to create sustainable systems for wheelchair provision. The relationship between the wheelchair user and the provider should be an enduring one. By building the capacities of local professionals we help ensure this is possible.

When it comes to wheelchairs, fit matters. Most wheelchair users spend 8-10 hours per day in their wheelchair.

A properly fitting wheelchair helps a person feel more comfortable, breathe and eat easier, and interact more with his or her environment. It can also reduce deformities and contractures, and safeguard against skin breakdown caused by prolonged pressure or friction. Small pressure sores can develop into life threatening infections and are the number one reason for death among wheelchair users.

Pressure sores, and the life-threatening infections they cause, can be avoided with the proper equipment, like a pressure relieving cushion that can cost as little as $10.

There are many types of wheelchairs out there, with many accessories. Choosing the appropriate wheelchair for each individual and fitting that wheelchair to the individual’s particular need requires professional training and experience.

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