Jaipur Foot / Knee / Limb transformed lives of hundred thousands of amputees all over world by re-providing them with lost mobility and dignity. TIME Magazine (issue of Fall 1997) says – “………Jaipur Foot, that has revolutionized life of millions of landmine amputees”. BMVSS, under leadership of Mehta has provided limbs to over 4,00,000 amputees by now.
Prof. C. K. Prahlad in his classical book “Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” rates BMVSS as world’s largest organization for Limbs. While, group in the SMS Medical College, Jaipur, developed Jaipur Foot, it could hardly fit 50 limbs in seven years before BMVSS was set up by Mehta. In the next seven years BMVSS fitted 10,000 limbs. Now every year BMVSS fits over 20,000 limbs against 8,000 limbs fitted through International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under its Special Fund for Disabled.
The collaboration between Stanford University and BMVSS resulted in development of four-bar linkage polycentric knee joint which according to TIME Magazine (issued 23rd Nov 2009) is one of the 50-Best Inventions of the world for the year 2009. More than 2600 such knee joints have been provided.
With Jaipur Foot / Limb a below knee amputee walks, runs, squats, climbs a tree /mountain, drives bike or car. He is like a normal human being. He goes back to his field, factory and shop and is rehabilitated economically and socially also. The impact thus is manifold. Above knee amputee with Jaipur Knee is almost near him.
The prize by your distinguished organization will make Jaipur Foot / Knee / Limb even better known particularly, in the professional world encouraging more and more experts to make further improvements in the design of these products for the benefit of hapless amputees. The book of Prof. C. K. Prahalad had done it earlier. Many institutions and countries approached us for adopting this high quality but low cost technology for the amputees in their jurisdictions. Similar development took place ensuing the highlighting of Jaipur Knee by the TIME Magazine (issue of 23rd Nov 2009).
Jaipur Foot / Limb has been designed to mimic normal human foot / limb in terms of movements, functions and cosmosis. It restores mobility and dignity to amputee. Besides, its cost (borne by BMVSS for its patients) is hardly US$ 45 against US$ 10,000 for a comparable limb in USA. It makes one segment of health care affordable even for most poor.
Besides, it is so easy to make.
With violence in many parts of the world and automobile accidents, number of amputees will continue to grow. They will get movement and rehabilitation through this most affordable device.