Hybrid Systems – an interim prosthesis for humanitarian aid
According to estimates in the Landmine Monitor, 15,000 to 20,000 persons become victims of land mines and cluster munitions every year. More than 95% of them are civilians. Adult victims need new prostheses every three to five years, children, because they still are growing, as often as every six to 12 months. Supplies of these prostheses and supplementary resources for the affected individuals are insufficient and expensive. The model of an interim prosthesis for lower extremities is an attempt to remedy this situation. The concept is unbiased in terms of cultural differences and does away with vague attempts at providing explanations. The prosthesis is easy to use, can be adjusted by the affected persons themselves, and can be manufactured at low cost. The central idea behind this product is to help people to help themselves.
Thanks to its flexibility, the interim prosthesis eliminates obstacles and facilitates access to overall support. The concept revolves around the immense psychological damage observed in the affected individuals. Since they require constant assistance, even family members who have been affected become a burden that is hard to bear, which is why the injured often are cast out and, thus, become displaced socially. The aim of the interim prosthesis is to counter this phenomenon by being encouraging, user-friendly and by not requiring professional maintenance.