ON THE GROUND: Jaipur Limb Campaign

Scheme: A British-based charity which partners mobility groups in Asia and Africa in providing artificial limbs to amputees.

It also campaigns to raise awareness on related issues such as landmines

Funding: Mainly grants, including £104,971 from Comic Relief, £65,908 from The Community Fund and £80,396 from the Department for International Development

Objectives: To help people in Africa and Asia who have lost a limb or the use of a limb

The Jaipur Limb Campaign is the only charity in the UK committed to raising awareness on prosthetic limb technology.

The charity takes its name from the Jaipur foot, invented in India more than 20 years ago by orthopaedic doctor PK Sethi in response to the failure of western artificial limbs to adapt to Indian needs. Many amputees were discarding the solid, western Satch foot model because its rigidity was unsuitable for Indian rural life where it is customary for people to squat at home or at work in the fields. The rubber-based Jaipur foot proved more practical and cheaper.

The foot was never patented so it is now manufactured by organisations across India. Most produce a range of prosthetics, although because of the huge difficulties in replicating shoulder and hand functions, their efforts are largely restricted to helping leg amputees.

The Jaipur Limb Campaign funds such groups. It supports six programmes, three of which are in India and the remainder in Bangladesh, Mozambique and Angola. In Angola, there are an estimated 10,000 amputees, many the victim of landmines.

Although Diana, Princess of Wales, highlighted the increasing number of lives blighted by landmines, she was never involved with the charity.

"Our turnover has increased from £15,000 in our first year to around £350,000 now," says Caroline Winchurch, who as finance and administrative worker is one of two full-time members of staff.

The charity's main partner is Mobility India, for which it helped raise funds for a rehabilitation, research and training centre in Bangalore that opened in July. In Bangladesh, it works with a non-governmental organisation to supply mobility aids. In Angola, it carried out a feasibility study into running programmes for the victims of landmines, which led to an ongoing partnership with the League for the Reintegration of Disabled People to develop a transport co-operative project and to lobby on disability issues.

Becoming more political is one of the charity's goals. "We're broadening our remit away from a purely medical approach to include social issues," says Winchurch. "We're interested in how disabled people organise themselves and the availability of aftercare. In some countries, there is no disability network."

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