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Bolivia Prosthetic Clinic Rotary project


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The Rotary Club of La Paz Bolivia has created the first prosthetic clinic in rural Bolivia, with help from LIMBS International and the Rotary Club of Irvine CA. The Irvine and Winnetka-Northfield IL Rotary Clubs are seeking other Rotary Clubs to join us in funding a Rotary Matching Grant to provide $42,000 in seed money to provide 102 artificial legs with working knees. This will allow the clinic the opportunity to recruit and train a staff and of skilled workers, leading to self sufficiency for the clinic after 2 years.

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Bolivia Prosthetic Clinic Rotary project

  1. 1. Bolivia Prosthetic Clinic International Matching Grant
  2. 2. Bolivia Prosthetic Clinic La Paz – San Pedro, Bolivia @mattslegs <ul><li>Started by: Matt Pepe, originally from San Diego, now a Rotarian in Bolivia </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: Provide 105 artificial legs to amputees in Bolivia. </li></ul><ul><li>Participation: As many as 12 clubs spread over 10 Rotary Districts, including Rotary Club of Winnetka-Northfield (District 6440) </li></ul><ul><li>Participation amount: ~$1,000 - $3,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Total Grant: ~$42,000 </li></ul><ul><li>For: 105 artificial legs </li></ul>
  3. 3. History $2,000 seed money from Irvine Rotary and private donations enabled the workshop to be built and the training of three craftsmen. <ul><li>Built: The clinic workshop and rehab areas </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased: Tools and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Trained: Three technicians </li></ul><ul><li>Produced: The first polycentric knees ever made in Bolivia </li></ul><ul><li>Helped: People to walk </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Storeroom - future workshop </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Starting the cleanup </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Getting materials - 90 mile bus ride to an open-air market high in the Andes. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Laying out the treatment areas </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Treatment areas </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The first tool </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Tools </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Power tools and work benches </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Workshop composite photo </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Parking area before enclosing and conversion </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Parking area after conversion. New roof, oven to form plastic legs. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Creating the first knees. Training. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>The first polycentric knee produced in Bolivia </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The new trained craftsmen with their first knees. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Matt Pepe with the first six knees </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Measurements for artificial leg & knee </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>First complete prosthetic leg with the polycentric knee </li></ul>
  21. 21. How to Participate <ul><li>Primary Contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Host Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Rotary Club La Paz – San Pedro, Bolivia </li></ul><ul><li>District 4690 </li></ul><ul><li>Matt Pepe - </li></ul><ul><li>Lead International Partner </li></ul><ul><li>Rotary Club of Irvine, CA </li></ul><ul><li>District 5320 Ray Sanford - [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>A grant participation letter is all it takes at this time. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Thank you