India-Myanmar humanitarian project to provide free artificial limbs

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Technicians assembling artificial limbs,manufactured under the India-Myanmar Development Cooperation programme, for people with disabilities in Yangon. Photo: Phoe Khwar

Under a humanitarian project of the India-Myanmar Development Cooperation Programme, 500 to 600 persons disabled persons from Myanmar with missing arms or legs will be provided with artificial limbs in the next five weeks free of charge.
The Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp was established at the Tripitaka Nikaya Nikae Monastery, South Dagon, Yangon, with the support of Ministry of External Affairs of India and the U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation.
“We got the official permission last year to provide artificial limbs to the disabled, and we are delighted to see the smiles of the disabled after they are ready to take their first steps with artificial limbs,” said Daw Than Than Nu, Chairperson of the U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation.
Under a similar programme of the Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp organised in Yangon in last year, over 330 disabled received artificial limbs.
Disabled people from Ayeyawady, Yangon and Bago regions and Kayin, Kayah, Shan, Kachin and Rakhine states were fitted with artificial limbs. This year the majority of the patients came from Ayeyawady Region.
Since the inaugural ceremony launched on 18 July, an average of about 15 disabled people have been equipped with artificial limbs every day, according to the U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation.
During the inaugural ceremony, dignitaries who were present at the ceremony handed over custom-made Jaipur limbs to four amputees.
Myanmar is the first neighbouring country in which the Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp is being organised under an agreement signed between the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti in Jaipur, India in November 2017.
Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) is the technical and implementing partner of the camp. It has sent the required materials for the camp together with a seven-member technical team, which includes master technicians, some with over 30 years of experience.
The event is being organised by the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the Embassy of India in Yangon under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme.
A number of economic, infrastructural, developmental, cultural, social and humanitarian projects are also being undertaken under the broader Indian development cooperation programme in Myanmar.
With the blessings of Venerable Tripitaka Kawida Dhamabhandagariki, Head Priest of Pitakat Thonbon Nikae Monastery, South Dagon, Yangon, His Excellency U Myint Thaung, Minister of Planning and Finance, Government of Yangon Region and His Excellency Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, inaugurated the Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp in Yangon on 18 July. A number of dignitaries, including the Honourable U Aung Min, former Minister in the President’s Office, Honourable U Soe Thein, Member of Pyithu Hluttaw, former Minister in the President’s Office and former Chief of Naval Staff of Myanmar Mr. D.R. Mehta, Founder and Chief Patron of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti of Jaipur, India, and Daw Than Than Nu, Chairman of the U Nu Daw Mya Yi Foundation, participated at the inaugural ceremony at the Monastery.
BMVSS has served more than 1.71 million persons with disabilities in India and around the world. It is the world’s largest organisation for serving persons with missing limbs. All its services are given free of cost.
The Jaipur Foot is the most used artificial Limb in the world. It permits a below-knee amputee to walk, run, climb a tree, drive and squat. Most of these functions can be performed by above knee amputees also.
In 2009, the Jaipur Knee was jointly developed with Stanford University, one of the best research universities in the U.S. The international news magazine Time rated the Jaipur Knee as one the 50 best inventions in the world in 2009. The camp in Yangon will use both the Jaipur Foot and the Jaipur Knee.

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