Jaipur Foot Camp: Global Rainbow Foundation and SBM collaborate to offer 150 prostheses
Another major innovation of this edition of Jaipur Foot is that arm prostheses are offered for the first time to five beneficiaries, on a pilot basis. (Image: Company)
The Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF) and the State Bank of Mauritius Ltd (SBM) are joining hands for the organisation of the third edition of the ‘Jaipur Foot Mauritius on the spot Limb Fitment Camp’ in Solitude, Triolet, which has started since December 7, 2014 and will end on December 20, 2014.
The purpose of this third camp is to offer free custom-made prostheses to 150 patients who are in need after limb amputation and to train Mauritian technicians on how to conduct the follow-up of these disabled people.
Through this initiative, the foundation and the SBM wish to allow these beneficiaries to regain mobility, independence and dignity.
Another major innovation of this edition of Jaipur Foot is that arm prostheses are offered for the first time to five beneficiaries, on a pilot basis.
The Jaipur Foot Mauritius camp was achieved through the generous support of partners and individuals as well as the fundraising campaign done by the GRF during the past three years.
The main sponsor for this current edition is the SBM Bank (Mauritius) Ltd, which handed over a check of Rs 1.495 million to the foundation for this exercise.
SBM, through its social responsibility program, funds projects related to education and empowerment of vulnerable groups.
A team of six technicians from Jaipur Foot India is currently in Mauritius to manufacture prostheses.
Dr. Y. Gopallais controlling the rehabilitation team, which uses the technique of ‘US Department of Veteran Affairs / Department of Defense’ to optimize the health, independence and quality of life of patients after amputation.
Additionally, the team will provide training to Mauritian technicians who will manufacture the prosthesis in the near future.
The manufacturing and fitting of prostheses is a process that is done on two days, which comprise of taking the measurements and the moulding of the patient’s limb for the manufacturing process of the prosthesis, followed by implantation of the prosthesis and adaptation of the patient to his or her new limb.
The team of doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists conducts the gait training with prosthesis allowing the patient to walk safely on all surfaces with and without adaptive equipment.
All patients who underwent amputation have at least one follow-up appointment scheduled in the first year after the connection of prosthesis, to assess the quality and comfort of the fitting of prostheses and the health state and ease of the patient.
In the two previous years, the GRF in association with BhagwanMahaveerViklangSahayataSamiti (BMVSS) – the largest organization in the world serving people with disabilities – has already provided over 250 prostheses to amputees of Mauritius, Rodrigues and even Seychelles.
About Global Rainbow Foundation:
Professor ArmoogumParsuramen is the founder of the Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF), a charitable foundation, in 2011 aiming at supporting people with disabilities.
‘Rainbow’ symbolizes the diversity of counselling and material support to disabled people to help them rebuild their confidence in themselves and develop enough insurance to succeed in life.
GRF is dedicated to the empowerment of disabled people and that of vulnerable groups through education and training.
These people can have a happy and fulfilling life with dignity in a holistic approach to human development.
To do so, the GRF is mobilizing all available resources of supporters in Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega, India, Senegal and other countries, and is coordinating multiple activities so as to reveal the hidden talents and the untapped potential of disabled people as well as vulnerable groups.