Considerations for Valuable Prosthetic and Orthotic Research in Less-Resourced Settings: Lesson Learned from the Cambodia Limb Project


Sisary Kheng (1,2), Cheryl Metcalf (3), Alex Dickinson (3)


(1) Exceed Worldwide-Cambodia, (2) CDT in Prosthetics and Orthotics, (3) University of Southampton

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Approximately one billion people are living with a disability worldwide, and 80% of this marginalized population is residing in less-resourced settings (LRSs). Only about 10% of this needy community has access to comprehensive physical rehabilitation service. Investment and research are commonly focused on high income countries. A lack of accurate, reliable, rich, and transferable data and experience in LRS impose constraints in understanding the need, demand, market, and potential accessibility, coverage, and quality of rehabilitation services. Cambodia illustrates a case study of where an introduction of a new technology, stakeholder engagement framework, and qualitative studies are adding to a richer and more meaningful research data set.


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Shehnaz Akhtar

2 December 2021, 13:10:52

I want to say that this is really beneficial research work benefitting other 3rd world counties to adopt this approach too.