The Rotary Jaipur Limb project aims to improve the life of people in countries where there is a need by facilitating the provision of appropriate prosthetic limbs and mobility aids, thus allowing them to lead a normal and independent life
The charity is a pro-active fund-raising and project-initiating body of Rotarians, drawn from all over the Rotary International region covering Britain and Ireland. It was formed in 1985 and became a registered charity in 1995. 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 equipment.
What is the Jaipur Limb?
It is an artificial leg, developed at the Mahaveer hospital in Jaipur, India. The unique component is the Jaipur foot, a clever combination of wood and various densities of rubber vulcanised into a realistic looking brown foot. The Jaipur limb is hard-wearing and will last for three or four years, longer if worn with a shoe. One of the major differences between the Jaipur technology and western technology is the cost – whereas a western limb will cost between £1,000.00 and £2,000.00, a Jaipur limb can be made and fitted for as little as £50.00.