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Devendra Raj Mehta
Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur (Raj) India
Dr. P. K. Sethi, Master Ramchandra Sharma, Dr. Subhash Kasliwal and Dr. Mahesh Udawat
Jaipur, Rajasthan (India)
Tata Exsi - India
Jaipur Foot / Knee / Limb transformed lives of hundred thousands of amputees all over world by providing them with mobility and dignity. TIME Magazine (issue of Fall 1997) says – “[…] Jaipur Foot, that has revolutionized life of millions of landmine amputees”. BMVSS, under leadership of Mehta has provided limbs to over 4,00,000 amputees.
Prof. C. K. Prahlad in his classical book “Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid” rates BMVSS as world’s largest organization for artificial limbs. During his time at SMS Medical College, Jaipur developed Jaipur Foot. It had only been fitted to 50 limbs during a course of seven years before BMVSS was set up by Mehta. In the following seven years, BMVSS fitted 10,000 limbs. Now BMVSS fits over 20,000 limbs every year versus 8,000 limbs fitted through International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) under its Special Fund for the disabled.
The collaboration between Stanford University and BMVSS resulted in development of a four-bar linkage polycentric knee joint which, according to TIME Magazine (issued 23rd Nov 2009), is one of the 50 Best Inventions of the World for 2009. More than 2600 knee joints have been provided.
With Jaipur Foot / Limb a below knee amputee walks, runs, squats, climbs a tree /mountain, drives bike or car. Rehabilitating amputee’s quality of life economically as well as socially.