80% OF ALL AMPUTEES LIVE IN DEVELOPING NATIONS WHERE ONLY 2% HAVE ACCESS TO HELP
There are an estimated 110 million active mines scattered in over 70 countries.
One victim is involved in a landmine accident every 20 minutes.
Landmine detonations are responsible for 85% of amputees in war-torn countries.
350 million disabled persons living in areas with insufficient services.
Hugh Herr, MIT Professor
"People are disabled not because of their bodies but because of the lack of access."
80% of the world's lower limb amputees don't have access to modern prosthesis [Source].
With the existing need of prosthetic limbs in the developing world, there's a production deficit of roughly 40,000 professionals [Source].
Prosthetics made in developing countries can cost over 6x the average income of a family in a rural setting [Source].
Lack of Disability Rights
Many countries have no laws protecting disabled persons. The disabled have no rights with respect to health care, education, employment, recreational activities, independent living, and transportation. Ambulatory aides like wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, and prosthetic limbs are very expensive and unavailable to the average disabled citizen. We need to spread awareness of these issues and advocate for the rights of disabled persons across the world.