The team at LVDC works very hard to improve the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world by offering support services both within the centre and also in the wider community. Large improvements have been made to the lives of many people, both children and adults.
LVDC provides and fits artificial limbs to both children and adults. Those are either bought from abroad or manufactured in the workshop. Usually a combination of the two. A recent innovation is the use of 3D scanning and printing to assist with the manufacture of hands and arms. This has many advantages including accuracy, speed of production and lower cost.Case study
This is where a device is purchased or manufactured in-house and fitted to children or adults to either give external body support or in the case of clubfoot assist in the rectification of alignment of babies’ feet. 3D printing has proven to be an ideal tool in the production of orthotics.
One case we had recently was a lady who had suffered a stroke. She required an orthotics to help straighten her arm. We were able to design and 3D print a splint to carry out this function.Case study
Physiotherapy is given to patients who have been fitted with artificial limbs or orthotic devices. There are also several children with conditions such as cerebral palsy who benefit from our team. Stroke victims are also being treated.Case study
A key role of the centre is the production of mobility aids, such as wheel chairs and tricycles. As the only producer in the area this production is essential in order to provide the community of people with disabilities with mobility and independence. As well as general welding skills, the students are taught how to fabricate tricycles.
Part of the curriculum at LVDC is Sign Language. All students, including those without hearing impairments must learn the language so as to encourage integrations. Through teaching Sign language the centre has been able to educate the students about wider issues such as HIV/AIDS, life skills and sex education.