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Leveraged Freedom Chair

Following the first competition in 2012/2013, the Award is again on the lookout for appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas. Here is one of the winners from the Award in 2012. The Leveraged Freedom Chair won a prize in the healthcare category.

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Leveraged Freedom Chair

  1. 1. © Siemens Stiftung 2015. empowering people. Award: Winner 2012 – LFC www.empowering-people-network.org
  2. 2. © Siemens Stiftung 2015. Leveraged freedom chair
  3. 3. © Siemens Stiftung 2015. Leveraged freedom chair The Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC) is a wheelchair developed for the conditions in developing countries. It is a lever-propelled wheelchair that provides unparalleled mobility on rough terrain. Instead of using gears and derailleurs, which are likely to break in the conditions prevailing in developing countries, the user changes gears and achieves a 3:1 change in mechanical advantage by simply moving his hands up and down a set of levers that are connected to the drivetrain. All moving parts on the LFC are made from bicycle components. The LFC is currently produced with a contract manufacturer in India. The cost of producing an LFC and ensuring it is appropriately prescribed is approximately 200 USD. This is much less than the costs of conventional “off-road” wheelchairs constructed in developed countries. The business model includes complementing the current base in India by establishing regional distributors in key locations such as Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
  4. 4. © Siemens Stiftung 2015. Leveraged freedom chair Contact: Tish Scolnik GRIT – USA www.goGRIT.org tish@goGRIT.org
  5. 5. © Siemens Stiftung 2015. empowering people. Award 2015 For more information please visit: www.empowering-people-award.org www.empowering-people-network.org www.siemens-stiftung.org and subscribe to our Network Update: www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org/en/newsroom/ #epA2015 www.facebook.com/EmpoweringPeopleAward www.twitter.com/emp_ppl_award

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Following the first competition in 2012/2013, the Award is again on the lookout for appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas. Here is one of the winners from the Award in 2012. The Leveraged Freedom Chair won a prize in the healthcare category.

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