In the health sector, and in collaboration with the Religious Health Foundation, we are financing a project to create a centre for the manufacture of 3D prostheses. The aim is to provide prostheses to as many people as possible who are disabled by amputations, mainly leg amputations, mostly caused by diabetes.
This new prosthesis manufacturing centre is located in the Doala leprosarium, a place managed and administered by the Congregation of the Carmelite Missionary Sisters. The Carmelite Sisters have been working in the country for more than 23 years and have seen first-hand the needs of the leprosarium, as well as keeping it running, in a country with the weakest public health system in Africa.
Through this innovative system, the production of prostheses will be more affordable because their costs will decrease, which will allow a greater number of people to acquire a prosthesis and thus improve their mobility and quality of life.
The prostheses are manufactured using 3D scanning and printing techniques implemented by the Polytechnic University of Valencia. At the moment, a team from the UPV has moved to the country where it will start training courses for the local team in the development and manufacture of these prostheses.
While the project is being developed, we will remain impatient to see the first prostheses.