500 miles has funded a low-level prosthetics and orthotics service from a small space in the physiotherapy department at St Francis Hospital (SFH) in Katete in Eastern Province since January 2017.
The service was set up by Timothy Miti who received some training from the professionals at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka (UTH). Timothy is currently studying for a diploma in prosthetics and orthotics at Mobility India. He has been replaced by Agness Manda, herself an amputee. She too received some training at UTH and successfully took over from Timothy at SFH when he left in June 2019.
SFH does not have the machinery and equipment required to manufacture prostheses and complex orthoses at SFH, just basic tools – but Agness is able to carry out repairs to most prostheses and orthoses and to make and fit small and simple orthoses. If MoH supplies UTH with stock, Agness can occasionally refer people who need prostheses and complex orthoses to UTH for treatment.
With funding from St Francis Hospital Medical Support Group and Wild Geese, both of The Netherlands, SFH has recently completed a new building which will house the physiotherapy department and as soon as it is ready to open, Agness will move there with and to work alongside the hospital’s physiotherapy service.