Iraqi amputees to wear Jaipur Foot

March 15th, 2010 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, March 15 (IANS) Iraqis who have lost their legs in years of war and conflict would soon be mobile again, thanks to Jaipur Foot India would be providing them with.
Indian experts Monday left for Iraq to provide the Jaipur Foot, artificial legs known to be cosmetically and functionally close to the human limb, to about 1,000 amputees in the war-torn country.

A 22-member team of the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), makers of the famous Jaipur Foot, headed for Baghdad for a month-long rehabilitation camp to give away the artificial limbs. The camp will be held from March 16 to April 15.

D.R. Mehta, founder and chief patron of the BMVSS, said the organisation had fitted more than 370,000 artificial limbs around the world, including in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Sierra Leone.

A team of BMVSS is currently holding a camp at Vavunia in northern Sri Lanka to provide artificial limbs to the victims of the civil war. The limbs are being provided free of cost to the Tamil refugees.

“The mobility earned through the artificial limb helps amputees to change their lives and earn their livelihood,” Menta said.

The BMVSS has held 36 camps in the world, particularly in countries that have witnessed horrific wars that have left thousands disabled.

According to experts, the beauty of the Jaipur Foot is its lightness and mobility. Those who wear it can run, climb trees, pedal bicycles and drive a car - all without the aid of a stick or any other support.

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