In all of our projects our primary aim has always been to build in-country capacity to produce high quality protheses and orthoses and to manage efficient orthopaedic workshops – because that is crucial to our projects’ sustainability and long-term success. Therefore, sponsoring the training of new Malawian and Zambian prosthetists and orthotists has been and remains the most important and a key element of what we do.
In the main, our students study for a 3-year diploma but a few have qualified with a 1-year certificate and four have qualified with a degree. In the past, we have sponsored the training of students by sending them to the Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT) (www.tatcot.org) in Moshi in Tanzania but now we send students to either Exceed Worldwide in Cambodia (formerly the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics) (Exceed) (https://www.exceed-worldwide.org/cambodia) in Phnom Penh or Mobility India (https://mobility-india.org).
Our most recently qualified degree student, Benadeta Singini, upgraded her diploma through a 3-year blended, distance learning course provided by Human Study e.V. (http://www.human-study.org) and we are now looking forward to getting to know the Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (SSPO) (https://www.sspo.ac.th) which is part of Mahidol University in Thailand.
All of these schools teach the use of polypropylene technology which is the system that we use and promote for the manufacture of prosthetic and orthotic devices in our projects.