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Indian charity helps 675 Bangladeshis to walk again with artificial limbs

  • Senior Correspondent
    Published: 2017-10-17 00:54:09 BdST


Around 675 amputees across Bangladesh will be able to walk again with artificial limbs, thanks to the Indian charity Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti, (BMVSS), better known as 'Jaipur Foot'.

A team of 15 experts from BMVSS have conducted the month-long camp at the National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR), Dhaka, in collaboration with the Moyeen Foundation of Bangladesh.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh visited the limb fitment camp on 16 October 2017.

Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner highlighted the significant role of the BMVSS in providing a new lease of life to amputees in Bangladesh and other parts of the world.

This is the third limb fitment camp being organised by BMVSS in Bangladesh.

The previous two camps held in Dhaka benefitted 1,617 amputees from Bangladesh.

The significance of the BMVSS is that it focuses on the poor and disabled and provides limbs, callipers and other aids totally free of cost without any distinction on any grounds.

To-date, 1.6 million people in India and across the world have benefitted from its philanthropic actions.

Besides Bangladesh, BMVSS has conducted camps in Afghanistan, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and others.

The impact of the Jaipur Foot camps in post-conflict northern Sri Lanka: in Vavuniya (1087 limbs) in 2010 and Jaffna (535) in 2011 has been very significant.

Based in the Indian city of Jaipur, Bhagwan, the BMVSS) is a non-governmental institution helping the physically challenged, particularly the financially weak and underprivileged, by providing artificial limbs, callipers and other rehabilitation aids free of cost.

Founded by DR Mehta in 1975, BMVSS is the world’s largest organisation for the disabled.

BMVSS has 23 branches in India and organises on-site field camps in India and abroad to help patients who have physical and financial difficulty in travelling to these centres.

BMVSS has conducted more than 50 such camps in 29 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.