Prótesis Imbabura provides prosthetics, orthotics, and adaptive equipment in Imbabura Province and throughout Ecuador. Prótesis Imbabura works with Fundación Montañas de Esperanza utilizing recycled components to provide high quality rehab devices at reasonable cost.
The team at Prótesis Imbabura, with years of experience in the community, has recently moved from their former location and started under a new name. Prótesis Imbabura is a small enterprise engaged in fabrication of professional custom rehabilitation devices (prosthetics, orthotics, and adaptive equipment). The cost of providing this service is a fraction of the typical cost because the materials are high quality recycled components provided directly to the patients who need them at no cost, though Fundación Montañas de Esperanza. The only cost for the devices is the cost of fabrication.
The project has been operational in one form or another since January 2008 and has served about 1000 patients, some who have waited twenty years or more to receive a prosthesis, and have seen their lives transformed. Rehabilitative care is for life; individuals need ongoing followup to get the best use of their devices, to realize their potential, and to maintain function throughout the many changes of life.
Lack of availability and lack of affordability of prosthetics, orthotics, and adaptive equipment are two barriers that the disabled population in Ecuador face. This center provides quality devices at low cost to those with few resources.
The project is staffed and operational year round by Ecuadorians. Foreign volunteers provide infusions of training, donated parts, and collaboration several times per year.
The center brings a brighter future to many individuals with disabilities.
This video was made about our project in 2012 before the transition to Protesis Imbabura.