Legs4Africa, a Bristol charity working to increase the independence of amputees in Africa by the provision of prosthetic legs and rehabilitation, has handed over it’s latest shipment in person. The ceremony happened on the 11/12/2017 and was attended by members of The Gambian Amputee Association, representatives of the ministry of health as well as local media..
The shipment, containing enough materials and parts to create 136 customised prosthetic legs for The Gambia’s many amputees, was received by the mobility department of the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in Banjul and is the premier shipment of Legs4Africa’s latest initiative, the Gambian Amputee Rehabilitation Project.
With diabetes on the rise, poor health and safety protocols and the scarcity of modern medicine, the number of amputees will only continue to increase leaving many immobile and lacking personal independence. The Gambian Amputee Rehabilitation Project seeks to address the profound lack of equipment and training for the ever growing number of amputees in The Gambia.
“It was a pleasure to do the handover ourselves,” says Tom Williams, part of the visiting Legs4Africa team. “Mostly we coordinate shipments from the UK, this gives us a chance to see, first hand, the successful completion of a project objective and the chance to thank the mobility centre for all its hard work in putting these prosthetic legs to use.”
The shipment arrived in time for the festive period and, though the contents of the shipment will be utilised over the next several months, it is a much needed gift for amputees as a whole.
Legs4Africa’s current Christmas campaign can be found below and aims to allow the kindness and generosity of people this Christmas to support the amputees of The Gambia.
African Amputee Christmas Appeal: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/legs4africa/christmas2017