A new lower-limb prosthetic device that promises to improve the lives of amputees in Kenya has been launched.
The Circleg One, developed by a Swiss-Kenyan team, is designed to meet the specific needs and challenges faced by amputees in the region, where access to advanced prosthetic technology has often been limited.
A prosthetic device is an artificial device or body part designed to replace or enhance the function of a missing or impaired natural body part.
These devices are typically used by individuals who have experienced limb loss or limb deficiency, whether due to congenital conditions, accidents, medical conditions, or amputations.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 30 million people need prosthetic and orthotic devices.
According to WHO, more than 75 per cent of developing countries do not have a prosthetics and orthotics training programme in place.
The Circleg One combines affordability with uncompromising quality, comfort, and functionality. It is certified according to the European Union Medical Device Regulations, representing the highest industry standards.
“This state-of-the-art prosthetic device is set to bridge the gap by offering affordable, accessible, and high-quality solutions to improve the lives of amputees,” said Simon Oschwald, co-founder and head of business and communication at Circleg.
Circleg’s holistic approach to prosthetic care also includes comprehensive training services for prosthetists and amputees, as well as psychosocial support and advocacy to reduce the stigma often associated with amputation.
The organisation is partnering with renowned organisations in the sector, such as Cure International and APDK, to scale its impact and support amputees across Kenya.
Circleg is a pioneering developer of holistic prosthetic care solutions for individuals with limb loss in Africa and around the world.