Prosthetic components are generally not reused in the United States because of legal considerations. However, used prosthetic limbs may be disassembled and the components shipped to Third World countries for use by landmine victims and/or other individuals in need. The following organizations may accept donations of used prosthetic limbs and/or components, depending on their current program needs.
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics
The Commons at Oaklands
660 West Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA 19341
Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics has teamed up with Physicians for Peace. Their goal is to collect old prosthetic parts and ship them overseas so that more amputees will have greater access. They will accept prosthetic donations at all their facilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Bowman-Siciliano Limb Bank Foundation
100 Spanish Oak Rd.
Weatherford, TX 76087
This foundation collects and distributes all forms of prosthetic limbs to those in need. They collaborate at times with other foundations to assist in countries outside the U.S. and prosthetic labs across the U.S. They raise funds to provide transportation, lodging and prosthetic limbs and services to those in need.
Hope to Walk
3635 A South Main Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Hope to Walk’s purpose is to design and develop functional, durable and affordable prosthetic devices and a delivery model for manufacturing, distribution and installation so the poorest in the world have an opportunity to walk. Donations of lower-limb prostheses and/or parts are accepted.
Limbs for Life Foundation
9604 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120
405/843-5174 or 888/235-5462 (toll-free)
Thanks to the World Limb Bank, the Limbs for Life Foundation is able to collect and distribute used prosthetics and prosthetic componentry free of charge to amputees in Third World countries. Parts are used to create prostheses for their recipients, thus reducing the costs for the prosthetist. They also accept unused socks or liners.
Physicians for Peace
500 East Main St., Suite 900
Norfolk, VA 23510
Physicians for Peace is an international, humanitarian, nonprofit, medical education organization dedicated to building peace and international friendships in developing nations with unmet medical needs and scarce resources. Donations of medical supplies and equipment are greatly valued.
Prosthetic Hope International
1937 Shalimar Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30345
Prosthetic Hope International was created to save surplus usable P&O goods from being sent to landfills while innumerable individuals around the world are in need of prostheses and orthoses. P.O.C.C. provides individuals, P&O facilities, manufacturers and distributors a clearinghouse that enables them to make tax-deductible donations of new and gently used prosthetic goods and new orthotic goods. These donations, in turn, afford non-governmental organizations (NGOs), P&O practitioners, developing world P&O schools, facilities and researchers access to these goods.
ROMP is a non-profit, for-impact healthcare organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic care to those without access to these services. Their global focus includes Guatemala and Mexico.
Standing With Hope
PO Box 159115
Nashville, TN 37215
Standing With Hope does faith-based prosthetic outreach in West Africa. They accept socks, liners and other prosthetic supplies, as well as used prostheses.
Volunteers for Inter-American Development Assistance (VIDA)
1519 63rd St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
VIDA is a nonprofit medical relief and development assistance organization based in Emeryville, California. Since their foundation in 1991, they have provided nearly $40 million in medical aid to 11 countries in Latin America. They are currently attempting to acquire prosthetic limbs for landmine victims.
Check With Local Prosthetic Facilities in Your Area
Some prosthetic facilities sponsor periodic trips to Third World countries to provide prosthetic services. They may collect used limbs and prosthetic components for distribution through these programs. Contact a local facility to inquire about whether they know of a prosthetic donation program in the area.
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