6) What are the impact of your initiative and the lessons learned?
After implementing the initiative, satellite workshops have expanded to cover many areas of the country, district hospitals potential to provide the appropriate lower limb prostheses with the green environmental technology, cost -effectiveness, high quality, easier fabrication and fast delivery. These successful initiative has also produced not only the disable amputees satisfaction but medical personnel, especially those amputee-technicians’ satisfaction and pride in their work as well.
The Prostheses Foundation has dedicated to the underprivileged disabled amputees both national and international communities. It has won the organization many awards such as:
• First Prize Winner of Tararom Quality Award in “Inventing Artificial Limbs from Waste Plastic Bottles, Thailand”, 1993
• Third Prize Winner of Innovation Awards, “Prosthetic Legs using Waste Plastic Bottles.” From National Research Council of Thailand,1994
• The Best Innovation Work in “The Fast and Adequate Prosthetic Legs Services” from National Research Council of Thailand,2000
• The most prosthetics donated by a Single Organization was 664 artificial legs, donated and fitted by The Prostheses Foundation (Thailand) Sanamluang, Bangkok, Thailand between 16-26 July 2006 by Guinness World Records LTD. , 2006
• First Prize in Innovation Award for Medical and Public Health Inventions. From National Research Council of Thailand,2007
• The most prosthetic donation by a single organization was 864 artificial legs, donated and fitted by The Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. The Princess Mother (Thailand) in Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand between 12-25 February 2012, by Guinness World Records, 2012
The Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. The Princess Mother is also accredited in quality management standard of ISO 2001:2008. In design and manufacture of polycentric knee joint, above the knee prosthetic skeleton, below the knee prostheses skeleton and dynamic SACH foot by SGS (Societe Generale de Surveillance), Switzerland and UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service.), 2012
1. Satellite workshop in district hospitals can provide the ease accessibility to the lower limb prosthetic services for the underprivileged disables amputees in the remote rural areas.
2. Satellite workshop in district hospitals can provide the same standard and quality of lower limb prostheses services.
3. Successful workshops have also produced not only the amputees’ satisfaction but the trained amputee-technicians great satisfaction as wall.
4. The trained amputee-technicians are pride in their work and as role model of the other disabled amputees.
5. Satellite workshops is a state-of-the-art prosthetic service, which is most economical of high quality, sustainable and appropriately affordable in low income countries. It is not only replicated in several regions of Thailand but also international communities.