100&Change: 2021

Hope and Healing International

Revolutionizing Prosthetics, Redefining Disability

By using 3D-technology to revolutionize the global production of prosthetics and orthotics, coupled with inclusive ability-centered programs, we can change the way disability is defined.

Submitted: August 2019
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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2021
Disability rights
Current Work Location(s):
  • Central Region, Uganda
  • Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Minţaqat ar Riyāḑ, Saudi Arabia
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Dar es Salaam Region, Tanzania
  • Kiambu, Kenya
  • Nimba County, Liberia
  • State of Tamil Nādu, India
  • Davao, Philippines
  • Central Province, Zambia
Priority Population(s):
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • People with disabilities
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 4. Quality education
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 10. Reduced inequalities

Executive Summary

People with disabilities are among the most marginalized worldwide, with children at an even higher risk of stigma, abuse, neglect and death. Although 38 million need prosthetics or orthotics (P&Os) annually, less than 10% are able to access them. Without these assistive devices, people with physical impairments are unable to go to school, gain employment or even conduct daily living activities and engage with their communities – resulting in a cycle of disability and poverty. By disrupting traditional P&O production methods using 3D printing technology, this project can dramatically improve device availability. Access to devices alone, however, will not solve this crisis. By creating Centers of Excellence that will not only produce and fit devices but also facilitate ability-centered initiatives for children and adults with disabilities to learn and develop, this project will dismantle discrimination and foster empowerment. Integrating inclusive programming into existing learning platforms will ensure wider systems.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Hope and Healing International

website: https://www.hopeandhealing.org/
Organization Headquarters
York, Ontario, Canada
Organization ID
10691 8329 RR0001
Annual Operating Budget
$10 to $49 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
50 to 99

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity

COVID-19 Response

Hope and Healing has shifted most staff to working remotely; however, the office remains open for essential staff. Regular programs have pivoted to COVID-19 prevention and control for vulnerable populations. Hope and Healing and their partners are focusing on lessening costs due to budget constrictions, and are limiting nonessential travel, trainings, and contract work, and are focused on maintaining financial viability. Few changes to the proposal are expected, though decreased donor support is possible, and there may be some aspects of the project that would shift to being done remotely. Changes to barrier assessment/risk mitigation include: corrective and rehabilitation services are considered nonurgent and may affect their work, to be mitigated by a search for disability-focused funding; and another barrier is that people with disabilities are at higher risk with COVID-19, to be lessened by the use of PPE and infection prevention measure, and lastly COVID-19 presents a new financial risk, to be managed by additional fundraising and increased awareness.