Mobility Outreach International
Marion McGowan, Director
192 Nickerson St
Seattle, WA 98109
Type of Organization
Regions: Africa, Asia, South America
Countries: Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, and Haiti
Specific cities, regions, or groups of people: Hanoi & northern rural Vietnam; Nalta & southwestern Bangladesh; Makeni & northern Sierra Leone; amputees and other motor disabled.
Age Group: Adults, Children
Fees Charged: No
Prosthetic Fitting, Medical Equipment / Supplies, Education, Funding, Prosthetic Fabrication, Orthotic Fabrication, Medical / Surgical Care, 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, Lay Persons, Physicians, Therapists, Other: computer techs, event coordinators, data entry
Materials, Components, and Equipment: New, Equipment, Medical Supplies, Other: office equipment
General Background Information
Founded in 1989 by Ernest Burgess, MD
Total volunteers to date: 200
Annual average volunteer participation: 25
Total recipients of care to date: 20,000
Annual average recipients of care: 400
This organization has a business/financial relationship with another Non-Profit organization.
Name: US Agency for International Development (grantor)
Address: Washington, DC
Organization provides partial funding for volunteers.
Volunteer needs to raise individual funds for all expenses.
Currently and Historically, the organization's funding and contributions have come from:
MOi seeks to ensure that children and adults with limb loss or limb deformities in developing countries have access to high-quality orthopedic and physical rehabilitation services, so that they can enjoy lifelong mobility. To this end, we work to strengthen the local capacity of developing countries to provide prosthetic care, orthopedic surgeries and the treatment of children with clubfoot through hands-on teaching and training. This includes assisting developing countries with the in-country fabrication of prosthetic and orthotic components (artificial feet, knee joints, shoe braces, etc.) to break dependence on costly component imports. At present, MOi has programs in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Haiti.
Additional Information & Comments
Mobility Outreach International (MOi) emphasizes modern technology transfer to developing countries, training of local orthopedic practitioners, and local component manufacturing to build the long-term capacities of developing countries to care independently for their disabled. In Vietnam, MOi uses automated prosthetic fabrication technology at its Hanoi clinic to manufacture comfortable, custom-fit prostheses, and mobile outreach strategies to bring quality prosthetic services to rural amputees in the communities where they live.