Amputee Coalition Fact Sheet

Global Resources for People with Limb Loss & Limb Difference

Web Development Fact Sheet

Updated 09/2021

Introduction

The Amputee Coalition provides the following list for amputees within and outside of the United States who are seeking assistance and information related to limb loss.

Global Resources

2FT Prosthetics  

http://www.2ftprosthetics.org/
info@2ftprosthetics.org

2ft Prosthetics helps restore dignity and self-reliance to amputees in developing countries through the production and distribution of a quality and affordable below-the-knee prosthesis. Their mission is to provide quality, affordable and easy-to-manufacture prosthetic legs to give amputees in developing countries a chance to live their lives again, to take pride in enjoying the fruits of their own labor and to stand with hope.

Bowman Limb Bank Foundation

(817) 597-1826
http://www.danabowman.com/bank_foundation.php

The Bowman Limb Bank Foundation acts as a ready resource for artificial limbs for those in need. It is a nonprofit organization seeking to fulfill the need for artificial limbs in underdeveloped nations and here in the United States where traditional funding is unavailable.

CBM

https://www.cbm.org/

CBM is an international Christian development organization committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the poorest communities of the world.

Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO)

(330) 683-5956
http://www.camo.org
camo@camo.org

It is the vision of CAMO to be a leader in providing and integrating safe medical equipment, related medical education, volunteer trainers and community development to Central America. They work in partnership with their developing country counterparts to identify and implement all programs.

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)

(858) 866-0959
http://www.challengedathletes.org
caf@challengedathletes.org

It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges, so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

Direct Relief International

(800) 676-1638
http://www.directrelief.org

Since 1948, Direct Relief International has worked to improve the quality of life for people in need. They focus on health – by providing essential material resources to locally run health programs in poor areas around the world and during times of disaster.

Disabled Peoples’ International

http://www.dpi.org/
info@dpi.org

Disabled Peoples’ International is a network of national organizations, established to promote human rights of disabled people through full participation, equal opportunity, and development.

Doctors Without Borders

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/contact-us

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.

Free Wheelchair Mission

(800) 733-0858
http://www.freewheelchairmission.org
info@freewheelchairmission.org

Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian non-profit organization that provides wheelchairs at no cost to people with disabilities living in developing nations. In collaboration with a network of like-minded partners, Free Wheelchair Mission has provided more than one million wheelchairs to those in need in developing nations since 2001.

The Global Medical Relief Fund

(718) 448-6984
http://www.gmrfchildren.org/
info@gmrfchildren.org

The non-profit, non-partisan Global Medical Relief Fund aids children who are missing or have lost the use of limbs, have been severely burned, or have been injured due to war, natural disaster, or illness. Since its founding in 1997, GMRF has brought more than 200 children to the U.S. for treatment, surgery, and prosthetic limb fittings.

Humanity & Inclusion (formerly Handicap International)

http://www.hi-us.org/
info.usa@hi.org

Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict, and disaster. They work together with local partners to develop programs in health and rehabilitation and social and economic integration in nearly 60 countries. There are eight national associations in the Humanity & Inclusion Federation: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)

(919) 349-6661
http://www.icdri.org
icdri@icdri.org

ICDRI’s mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.

International Committee of the Red Cross

+ 41 (22) 734 60 01
https://www.icrc.org/en
https://www.icrc.org/en/contact

The ICRC is a Swiss-based humanitarian organization. Its principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence enable its members to protect and assist victims of armed conflict on all sides.

International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)

Phone: +32 2 893 24 90
https://www.iddcconsortium.net/
info@iddcconsortium.net

IDDC is a grouping of civil society organizations coming together around a common objective: promoting inclusive international development and humanitarian action with a special focus on the full and effective enjoyment of human rights by all people with disabilities

International Medical Corps

(310) 826-7800
https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/
inquiry@internationalmedicalcorps.org

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare training and relief and development programs.

International Rescue Committee

(212) 551-3000
https://www.rescue.org/

At work in 40 countries, the IRC delivers lifesaving aid in emergencies, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for war-traumatized children, rehabilitates healthcare, water, and sanitation systems, reunites separated families, restores lost livelihoods, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of local organizations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives.

The IREDE Foundation

Web: https://www.theiredefoundation.org/
Email:  info@theiredefoundation.org

The mission of the IREDE Foundation is to educate caregivers and society on congenital limb loss and how to relate and care for children with limb difference. They encourage children and affected families by establishing support groups and they offer mentoring and coaching sessions for children ages 1-18.

Leonard Cheshire International

https://www.leonardcheshire.org/
info@leonardcheshire.org

Leonard Cheshire International, the largest provider of services for disabled people in the UK, also extends to 57 countries worldwide and includes projects in education, employment, economic empowerment, rehabilitation and daycare services, residential care and community programs.

LifeNabled

https://lifenabled.org/
https://lifenabled.org/contact/

LifEnabled is a not-for-profit prosthetic provider of prosthetic solutions for the developing world. Our goal is not only to enable mobility for the patients we serve, but also to enable the development of technology so that other prosthetists, mission groups and nonprofit organizations can serve patients all around the world through our training and innovative designs. We hope to enable others with the skills and materials necessary to make affordable prosthetics available worldwide.

Limbs for Life Foundation

(888) 235-5462
http://www.limbsforlife.org/
admin@limbsforlife.org

Limbs for Life Foundation is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to providing fully functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.

Limbs for U

(206) 245-5387
http://www.limbsforu.org/home
http://www.limbsforu.org/contact-us

The CIR develops prosthetic devices, wheelchairs and rehabilitation techniques that lower the cost and improve accessibility of care for people with disabilities in low-income countries.

Limbs International

(915) 308-4680
https://www.limbsinternational.org/

LIMBS International engages communities and transforms lives through affordable, sustainable prosthetic solutions and rehabilitation services in developing countries.

Limbs of Hope Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/thelimbsofhope/
limbsofhope@gmail.com

The Limbs of Hope Foundation, founded in October 2003, is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of amputees throughout the world. Through their various programs, they believe that we can reach our goal of improving the quality of life for those affected by limb loss. Please note that the site http://www.limbsofhope.org/ is not associated with the Limbs of Hope Foundation.

LN4 Hand Project

https://ln4handproject.org/
LN4project@gmail.com

LN4 Hand Project recognizes that increased mobility and access are vital to people with disabilities, and as such, they partner with organizations and individuals in developing countries who have less access to prosthetic limbs.

Mobility International USA

Web: http://www.miusa.org
clearinghouse@miusa.org

For over 35 years, MIUSA has empowered people with disabilities around the world through international exchange and development to achieve their human rights.

Momentum Wheels for Humanity

(818) 255-0100
https://momentum4humanity.org/

Momentum Wheels for Humanity’s mission is to promote greater inclusion for people with disabilities globally, through mobility, therapy, advocacy, and empowerment.

MyRight

http://www.myright.se
info@myright.se

Through partnership between people with disabilities in Sweden and in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern and Central Europe, MyRight’s vision is a society in which everyone’s equal value and human rights are respected in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Penta Medical Recycling

500 Park Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10022
https://pentaprosthetics.com/

Penta was founded by university students to bring high-quality, low-cost prosthetic care to amputees in the developing world while repurposing what would otherwise be medical waste in the United States. The idea came out of the realization that 90% of the world’s amputees lack proper prosthetic care while hundreds of thousands of functional prostheses are discarded annually in the United States. Penta’s team built a bridge between this enormous waste and desperate need and has helped over 500 amputees to walk again in the past few years. Please visit the website to create a prepaid shipping labeldonate your used equipment, and give someone the gift of mobility. They accept used and unused prosthetic and orthotic components, as well unused prosthetic socks and liners.

The Polus Center

(978) 368-1550
http://www.poluscenter.org/
office@poluscenter.org

In 1997, the Polus Center entered into the international arena by coordinating humanitarian efforts in Central America aimed at addressing the long-term needs of people with disabilities, particularly those individuals who lost limbs due to acts of war, landmines and diseases. Several prosthetic outreach programs and clinics have been established, and access and mobility projects have been implemented in Central America and Africa.

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation

http://www.pofsea.org/

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation (POF) is dedicated to restoring mobility and independence worldwide to amputees and other disadvantaged persons suffering from orthopedic disabilities. We focus our efforts on developing countries to help those with the greatest needs to walk again. Currently, we work primarily in Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sierra Leone.

ROMP-Range of Motion Project

http://www.rompglobal.org/
info@rompglobal.org

ROMP’s mission is to provide no-cost prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces to those who cannot afford or do not have access to these services, thereby empowering them to contribute to their families and communities.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

http://www.unicef.org

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

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Authors and Contributors

The Amputee Coalition is grateful to the many organizational members and individuals that have contributed to this work. The Amputee Coalition Scientific and Medical Advisory Committee (SciMAC) conducts expert peer view for the Amputee Coalition-commissioned patient education materials. SciMAC contributes clinical and scientific expertise in developing, implementing, and evaluating the Amputee Coalition program and policy initiatives.

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It is not the intention of the Amputee Coalition to provide specific medical or legal advice but rather to provide consumers with information to better understand their health and healthcare issues. The Amputee Coalition does not endorse any specific treatment, technology, company, service or device. Consumers are urged to consult with their healthcare providers for specific medical advice or before making any purchasing decisions involving their care.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90LLRC0001-01-00, from the Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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