Using 3D Printing to Provide Low Cost Prosthetic Care in Developing Countries
Victoria Hand Project began as a research project at the University of Victoria that studied the feasibility of 3D-printed hands. During the first trials completed in Guatemala in early 2015, the participants in the trials asked to keep the prosthetic hands since they did not have a prosthetic device of their own. This spurred the idea of a non-profit organization focused on providing low-cost prosthetic care in developing countries by using 3D printing.
VHP is now operating in 8 developing countries (Nepal, Cambodia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Haiti, Egypt, Uganda, and Kenya) and is in the midst of expanding to remote and under-served regions of North America. The Victoria Hand Project has a mission to provide low-cost, highly functional, 3D-printed prosthetic arms to amputees in areas of the world where access to prosthetic care can be difficult.
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Interested in helping? VHP is contacted by people all around the world asking them to expand to their country to help amputees there. They normally get a few requests a month. One of the largest barriers to providing help in these communities is a lack of funding. If people want to help provide an amputee with their own prosthetic hand, they can go to victoriahandproject.com/donate and make a donation.