Campaign ends on: 2019-03-21 00:00:00
Constant Challenges in LEBANON due to SYRIA CRISIS
In Lebanon, 1 million Syrian refugees continue their unstable life, and there is a high ratio (2.5%) of disability which is incurred by Syria Crisis. We will help them with low-cost, light-weight, fully-functional prosthetic hands, called Mand.ro hands.
Mand.ro - Mission Statement
“There shouldn’t be anyone
who cannot use prosthetic hand
because of money.”
To achieve this goal, we will work on what is needed, and it will enable us to bring better lives for amputees in the world.
We, the company, Mand.ro Prosthetic Hand Makers, aim to make advanced prosthetic hands more accessible to amputees in Middle East (especially Syrian amputees in Lebanon), by establishing a self-sustainable prosthetic workshop in Lebanon which will provide a basis of continuous support for the vulnerable Syrians.
Current Problems and the Innovative Solution
There have been one million Syrian refugees living inside of Lebanon with unstable situations. Among the refugees, relatively high number of people in injury and disability (45%), and around 0.5% of them (around 2,250 people) may have upper-extremity amputations. (based on the statistics from UNHCR and Inter Agency Coordination in Lebanon).
Mand.ro is the company that manufactures myoelectric hands based on 3D printing, scanning and designing technology. By combining appropriate and low-cost technologies, Mand.ro developed a new prosthetic hand which is the world's first, extremely affordable, light-weight, and fully functional; to improve and provide a better life of amputees.
A legacy myoelectric hand costs USD 45K, but we, Mand.ro makes comparable prosthetic hand with price of a smartphone (< USD 1K). This is enabled by affordable technologies including low-cost electronics, and digitized 3D process (scanning, modeling, and printing).
We enable local maintenance with our open-sourced, but cutting-edge technologies, and we enable to use local sources of materials by conducting training workshops to the local people.
What has been done by Mand.ro?
The Mand.ro initiated its humanitarian project in January 2017, catering for the needs of war wounded Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians by providing fully functional prosthetic hands. Mand.ro has brought its 3D printing technology to Jordan to manufacture prosthetic limbs for below-elbow amputees, in hopes of disseminating affordable, lightweight and functional prosthetic hands for those who need it the most.
Since January 2017, over 100 Syrian refugees and Jordanian amputees have been benefited from the donation of myoelectric prosthetic hands, enabling them to regain the functions and mobility of their upper limbs.
We also trained their prosthetic technicians and engineers by running prosthetic hand assembly workshops (22 times).
We would like to provide our technology regarding the prosthetic hand manufacturing to enable a better life for amputees, while we also set up self-sustainable local workshop with local technicians which will provide a basis of continuous support for the vulnerable Syrian amputees.
CHALLENGE: Geographical target?
Since Lebanon is facing with west of Syria, there have been one million Syrian refugees living inside of Lebanon with unstable situations. Among the refugees, relatively high number of people in injury and disability (45%), and around 0.5% of them (around 2,250 people) may have upper-extremity amputations. (based on the statistics from UNHCR and Inter Agency Coordination in Lebanon).
Mand.ro would like to cover 10% of the amputees (approx. 225 people) within 5 years.
$15,000 sounds like a big amount of money, but that sum is less than a half of the cost of one hand from the current manufacturer of robotic prosthetic hands. With Zoomaal Funding project, Mand.ro can establish a sustainable workshop in Lebanon with this fund.
Project schedule and milestones
*Note: Delivery time will be based on our manufacturing process, which is hard to predict at the moment. We'll definitely keep you posted with updates as we know more!
* Media Publication regarding Mand.ro project in Jordan
Follow 'Mand.ro Prosthetic Hand Makers'
Mand.ro Official web-page - http://mand.ro/index_eng.html
Mand.ro Company in Korea - https://www.facebook.com/mandroyo/
Mand.ro Project in Jordan - https://web.facebook.com/mandrojo/
Cooperation with 'Look Forward' in Lebanon
'Look Forward (Sara Khatib’s Cancer and Amputation Association)' is a Lebanese community offering support to families and patients, suffering from cancer or amputation. Mand.ro will cooperate with 'Look Forward' to disseminate the prosthetic hands to more amputees in Lebanon.
The president of Look Forward, Rolla Khatib, is the mother of Sara Khatib who passed away on 2014 at the age of 22 after a very long and difficult struggle with cancer. Look Forward also established 'The Sara Khatib Endowment Scholarship Fund' for others to continue Sara’s path.
- https://youtu.be/wcMnmCH6Gjg (TEDx of Sara Khatib)
The technology behind the Scenes
Mand.ro hand has 15 degrees of freedom of fingers with 5 Fingers and 15 Joints. The hand itself is around 360g and moves with 5 geared DC motors. The motor is in a decent quality but still quite affordable (Low-cost, Small form-factor). With its physical force sensing method, it has progressive force, and the grasp force without battery carries around 3~5kg.
Mand.ro made the weight of the socket as the same or lower weight than the terminal device (prosthetic hand), so the total weight of prosthetic hand (for Muenster-type suspension) can be as low as 600 grams. It has positive impact on the amputee reducing the burden on the prosthetic fitted arm.
Mand.ro also improved sockets based on the place of the amputations. Currently Mand.ro has 1) Wrist-articulation socket, 2) Long-stump socket, 3) Short-stump socket.
Therefore, people can take advantage of its less weight, less effort on muscle signal, and more freedom on their elbow-to-wrist rotation movement.
Mand.ro uses the reverse-engineered 3D printed socket with the procedures of 3D scanning / modeling and Printing. Because the processes of manufacturing prosthetic Mand.ro socket is quite easy to be transferred, we can also enable and utilize local civilians and let them do maintenance with local sources of materials.
There are no updates for this project yet.
My name is Sangho Yi, a CEO and founder of a company called 'Mand.ro', where the company manufactures robotic prosthetic hands for people with amputations. The hands are not only affordable, but also fully-functional, light-weight, and even easy to produce…Full biography