July 2015

Nepal quake volunteers call for funds

Many of the more than 18,000 individuals injured in the April and May earthquakes that struck Nepal are in need of mobility devices, including prostheses for new amputees, according to the charitable group Handicap International, which now has 19 emergency response specialists in the country providing support, physical therapy, and devices.

The organization reports that those interested in helping new amputees can best do so with monetary donations rather than giving advanced prosthetic limbs, which are hard to alter and replace in the resource-poor nation. Funds can be used to buy locally made prostheses that cost from $10 to $500, far less than most devices used in the West, according to Handicap International.

Go to handicap-international.us to donate.

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