Dr. Roger V. Gonzalez, Director
500 West Overland
El Paso, TX 79901
Regions: Africa, Central America, Asia, South America
Countries: Kenya, Senegal, India, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Domnican Republic
Specific cities, regions, or groups of people: Kijabe, Dakar, New Delhi, Dhaka, La Paz, Santo Domingo
Age Group: Adults, Children
Fees Charged: No
Education, Prosthetic Fabrication, Rehabilitation / Training
There is a facility/physical building for patient care at the specified location.
Accomodations for volunteers near or at the specified location.
Volunteers: Prosthetists, Orthotists, Technicians, Therapists
General Background Information
Founded in 2004 by Dr. Roger V. Gonzalez
Total volunteers to date: 50-60
Annual average volunteer participation: 4-10
Total recipients of care to date: 200
Annual average recipients of care: 25-50
Organization provides partial funding for volunteers.
Volunteer does NOT need to raise individual funds for all expenses.
Currently and Historically, the organization's funding and contributions have come from:
The mission of LIMBS is to empower local prosthetic clinics in the developing world to manufacture highly functional, low-cost prosthetic components for their patients, using regionally obtainable materials and simple tools. These components will enable amputees a new chance at an active lifestyle and the renewed opportunity to become productive members of society. We work with local clinics around the world, teaching them the manufacturing, repair, and fitting of the M1 Knee as part of a full prosthetic solution. The objective of LIMBS is to create local self-sufficiency, so that clinics are not dependent on donations, or imported components. These clinics are then able to provide superior prosthetic components to their patients at a price that is manageable to poor individuals around the world.
Additional Information & Comments
We work with clinics that are already established in the developing world. We do not start up new clinics. Clinics who are selected as "international partners" of LIMBS undergo a week long course known as a Technology Certification Workshop (TCW) where they learn to make and fit the M1 Knee to a patient. We are working on developing a mass manufactured version of the M1 Knee that would be used in disaster relief, for situations similar to the Haiti earthquake.