Prabha Foot.jpg
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Health topic Physical disabilities
Health classification Treatment
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Location India
Status Commercialized
Made No
Replicated No
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Problem being addressed[edit | edit source]

In India, individuals who lack use of their legs, whether through injury or congenital disability, often cannot afford prostheses. This lack of access negatively affects an individual's quality of life and ability to earn income.

Detailed description of the solution[edit | edit source]

The Prabha foot is a lightweight (2 kg), above-the-knee prosthetic limb. It is easily repairable with local parts, and costs approximately $50 USD. With government subsidy, Indian patients pay as little as 38 rupees (<$1 USD).

Relevance to developing country settings[edit | edit source]

The Prabha foot was designed in India for use by Indians. It is manufactured and distributed in India. Dr. Naik (Inventor/Designer) has also treated land mine victims from conflict areas, such as Sudan and Afghanistan. He has also set up prosthetic workshops in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.

Designed by[edit | edit source]

  • Designed by: Dr. Vijay Kumar Naik in 1999 at the Artificial Limb Centre in Bhavnagar, India
  • Manufacturer: Parsanben Narandas Ramji Shah (Talajawala) Society For Relief and Rehabilitation of the Disabled
  • Manufacturer location: Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India

Funding Source[edit | edit source]

This device receives philanthropic funding from the Artificial Limb Centre and the International Red Cross. It is also subsidized by the Indian government.

References[edit | edit source]

Internally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Jaipurfoot. (2007). Technology: What is our special technology. Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, Jaipur. Link available here.

Externally generated reports[edit | edit source]

Baruah T. (2006.) Walking tall. HarmonyIndia.org Link available here.

Chatterjee T. (1999.) Engineer develops low-cost artificial limb. India Express. Link available here.

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Part of Global Health Medical Device Compendium
SDG SDG03 Good health and well-being, SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
Authors Eva Shiu
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Created April 17, 2012 by Eva Shiu
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