It is estimated that 1.5 million Syrians have lost one of their limbs as a result of the ongoing conflict in the country.
One Family has partnered with The National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs (NSPPL) to support new technology that will provide people with free prosthetic limbs and rehabilitative care. NSPPL is an NGO established in February 2013, by a group of Syrian doctors living overseas, serving people in Syria and Turkey.
Across three of NSPPL’s clinics in Syria and Turkey, there are currently 600 patients on a waiting list to receive a new limb in 2018. Due to the escalation of violence currently underway in the northwest of Syria, this number is expected to increase significantly over the coming months.
The fitting of a prosthetics can have a life-changing impact on a person. In a crisis affected area or warzone, these prosthetics have the potential to bring life and hope back to families who are living with next to nothing. They not only give the person back their ability to move but to work and contribute to their communities, potentially bringing life-saving income to a struggling family. Our local partner provides artificial limbs free of charge to those who have lost their limbs.
To meet the demand for limbs, we have supported the purchase of a Robotic Arm carving machine with the ability to create a high-quality prosthetic limb in only a few hours, rather the 3 days of manual work the current process takes. Each limb is created in 8 phases of production, 3 of which will be fully and efficiently automated using the machine. This will significantly increase the capacity of the centre to produce prostheses. The remaining phases—including measuring and fitting—will still have to be implemented by specialist technicians. The new limbs will be of far better quality – far more comfortable and durable.
However, we now need the materials and the team in place to be able to deliver the number of prosthetic limbs which are in demand, as well as providing people with therapeutic care to help them to adjust to life with a new limb.