WHAT IS THE JAIPUR LIMB ?
It is an artificial leg, developed at the
Mahaveer hospital in Jaipur, India. The unique component is the
Jaipur foot, a clever combination of wood and various densities of
rubber vulcanised into a realistic looking brown foot.
The Jaipur limb is hard-wearing and will last for three or four
years, longer if worn with a shoe.
One of the major differences between the Jaipur technology and
western technology is the cost - whereas a western limb will cost
between £1,000.00 and £2,000.00, a Jaipur limb can be
made and fitted for as little as £25.00.
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WHAT IS THE JAIPUR LIMB PROJECT ?
It is a pro-active fund-raising and project-initiating body of
Rotarians, drawn from all over RIBI (the Rotary
International region covering Britain and Ireland). It was
formed in 1985 and became a registered charity in 1995.
There are 12 trustees, assisted by several co-opted managers,
who divide their time between raising awareness of the project
among Rotarians in RIBI, identifying appropriate sites for
projects, principally in India and Africa, and assisting in the
preparation of programmes, budgets and financing for those
The bulk of their work in India revolves around Limb camps, with
as many as 3000 patients turning up for help, but in Africa and
other countries outside India they establish new permanent centres
and provide on-going support for them by way of technician
training, materials and equipment.