Millions of amputees around the world lack access to adequate prosthetics. Because of this, amputees’ independence, employment potential, and school attendance are limited. The World Health Organization estimates 90% of amputees in the developing world do not have access to a prosthetic device.
LegWorks designs and manufactures technologies that are accessible to amputees around the world. LegWorks aim is to revolutionize the provision of high-quality prosthetics to all amputees, no matter where they live and no matter what their ability to pay.
DKM partnered with LegWorks to bring their product to Tanzania in partnership with Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) and the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology (IGOT). Tanzania has an estimated 500,000 people struggling with mobility challenges. Without a prosthesis, amputees are restricted in their mobility and independence and struggle to find employment or education. They face stigma in their communities and can become outcasts when their families are forced into caregiving.
Reliance on out-of-pocket payment leads to severe health inequities where only those who can afford treatment can receive it. Our solution is to intervene with a full leg solution, provide the training necessary to prosthetists at MOI as well as fitting 50 patients with a prosthetic leg so they can return to living an independent life.
The All-Terrain Knee is designed to be a long-term solution that is durable, waterproof, and easily field serviceable. Furthermore, it also provides a high level of function, improving patient’s confidence, and longer-term health outcomes. Clinical outcomes will be measured to assess function, durability, user satisfaction, and changes in quality of life. Additionally, we will document the patient’s socioeconomic status and the costs of fitting these patients to seek justification for the hospital to budget the provision of full prosthetic care. LegWorks believes mobility is empowerment, and walking is an essential part of interacting in life, being able to work, and taking care of oneself and one's family.