Artificial Limb Measurement Camp

A report on Artificial Limb measurement camp organized for the People affected by Leprosy at RISDT Campus (a project supported by Swiss Emmaus Leprosy Relief Work India), Kathipudi, East Godavari district.

It was observed during the mid-term evaluation, that many people with their artificial limbs are continuing to use them even in a worse condition of the limb, as it was quite difficult for them to replace the worn-out limb. In these circumstances, Rural India Self Development Trust, (a project of Swiss Emmaus Leprosy Relief Work India), Kathipudi collaborated with Sri Guru Deva Charitable Trust, Mangalapalem, Vizianagaram district, which is providing these limbs free of cost for the benevolence of the suffering Persons Affected by Leprosy. The organization agreed and a measurement camp was scheduled in the RISDT Campus on 18th November 2016. The project staff informed all 43 people who required the limb. 29 of them attended the camp. Of them, women are 8 and men 21. In fact, this joint Project is the brainchild of Mr. Bijoy Kumar Swain, National POID Manager from Swiss Emmaus Leprosy Relief Work India, who interacted with Mr. Raparthi Jagadesh Kumar of Sri Guru Deva Charitable Trust and cleared the way for it’s execution.

In the camp conducted on November 18, 2016. Under the auspices of RISDT’s Comprehensive District Leprosy Control Project (CDLCP), Mr. Ravi and Mr. Ananda Rao, the two Skilled Technicians from Sri Guru Deva Charitable Trust had taken the measurement of artificial limbs for 28 such people from the East Godavari district. One person, a woman, due to her adverse medical condition, could not be considered for measurement. She shall attend for the measurement on the distribution day of artificial limbs, along with the remaining 14, who could not attended the camp. The artificial limbs for them shall be manufactured in the S.G.D.C.Trust’s workshop and supplied to them in a month’s time. The total cost for the artificial limbs shall be about Rupees one lakh (INR) as indicated by the technicians from the trust. The Camp was organized by Mr. Slesser Babu, Chairman, RISDT, and Mr. Bijoy Kumar Swain, National POID Manager from Swiss Emmaus Leprosy Relief Work India and Dr.J.P.Palla, Medical Superintendent, Referral Leprosy Hospital.