500 miles supports the development and delivery of prosthetic and orthotic services in Malawi and Zambia. We help people with impaired mobility of all kinds to get moving, as well and as independently as possible, by helping them to get access to and to be able to afford prostheses and orthoses.
Prostheses are devices which replace missing body parts, whilst orthoses are devices, like splints or braces, which support body parts which are weak or don’t function properly.
In Malawi and Zambia, when people are born with deformities, lose their limbs or the use of their limbs due to accident, disease or poverty, many of them also lose their livelihoods, homes or families – and the most vulnerable even die. We’re working to give them back their lives by making prosthetic and orthotic devices as accessible and as affordable as we can, not just today but on a long term and sustainable basis.