Global Activism: Bringing Prosthetics to Guatemalans

February 22, 2007

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Eric Neufeld is the president and co-founder of the Range of Motion Project, or ROMP. And Elizabeth Mallon is ROMP's Marketing Director.

Almost 80 percent of the world's amputees live in developing countries. Of these amputees, most have a difficult time obtaining high quality prosthetics and care.

Prosthetic and orthotic devices are very expensive, and require custom-fitting and on-going maintenance.  ROMP is a Chicago-based organization. They recycle prosthetics from the U.S. and give them to Guatemalans living with disabilities. They recently set up a permanent lab in Guatemala where they fit amputees with their custom-made prosthetics.

Eric told me how he started the Range of Motion Project.