- Special thanks to Drs. Rob Kistenberg, Peter Carnell, Sabir Khan, and Jonathan Colton!
- Prosthetic Arms for Sierra Leone (2010)
Challenge: Develop prostheses that may be manufactured and maintained in Sierra Leone.
- maimingThere is no official count of the number of amputees; estimates average around 20,000, with at least a quarter of those being arm amputees. Recuperative programs and prostheses are virtually nonexistent.
- Deemed "half-persons," amputees are denied jobs, public benefits, and respect since they are believed to be incapable of contributing to national welfare in this majorly agrarian and mercantile country. Unable to provide for their families, they have ostracized themselves and live in shoddy camps on territorial outskirts.Constant high humidity and heat (26ºC - 36ºC) besiege Sierra Leone, cloaked in impenetrable rain forests. Rampant poverty, strife, and unemployment burden this 'least-developed nation.'
- To enable a better quality of life - a hand prosthesis for Sierra Leoneans with unilateral wrist disarticulation* that emulates limb function with a harness that may be independently worn and adjusted by the amputee.
- + [ NOT SHOWN ]Supervisors whose workers appear in front of cameras command that employees put their clothes back on and removed child workers; workers labor garment-less to prevent pocketing of diamonds and other minerals.
- + [ HARNESS - DESIGN DIRECTION ]Using ergonomic design and manufacturing optimization, we made the harness respectful of gender anatomical differences (allotting for comfort of all body parts,) to be discreet (may be hidden under clothing,) unisex (for easiest manufacturing,) and easily *.
- Locally-reclaimed* aluminum will be used as very little energy is required to recycle it into workable beams.*According to the Prostheses Foundation of Thailand, 5,000 soda can pull tabs (totaling half a pound of aluminum) may craft one child's prosthetic leg. Used aluminum may be sourced from Freetown, Sierra Leone.
- + [ TERMINAL DEVICE - DESIGN DIRECTION ]The prosthetic appendage emulates basic aesthetics and range of functions of a human hand, drawing to a compromise our spectrum of passive and functional prostheses.
+ [ MODIFIED TEST FOR SIERRA LEONE ]*Comprised of daily tasks; measures prosthesis functionality.