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 He has been replaced by Agness Manda, herself an amputee.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 2020.
At this stage, 500 miles 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. She can also refer people who need prostheses and complex orthoses to UTH for treatment.
500 miles would like to grow the capacity of this service at SFH through training and increased equipment and eventually bigger dedicated premises, but our immediate priority is to make a full prosthetic and orthotic service available to people in Eastern Province through referrals from SFH to UTH.