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More than 80% of people who need prostheses live in developing countries – that’s around 35 million people. But fewer than 10% of these have access to prosthetic limbs. Availability is scarce, and costs often prohibitive.

Creating a new high-performance prosthetic foot at a low price point

In this four-minute ‘PechaKucha’ presentation, the ICRC’s Dikolala Kalubi explains the Agilis prostheses Project – an effort to create a new high-performance prosthetic foot that maintains a low price point.

Over the past few years the ICRC worked in partnership with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to create an affordable, high-quality, and durable prosthesis.

High-tech developments in prosthesis design, like the faster, more comfortable carbon blade design, come with a big price tag, and are not suited to the conditions of many people affected by conflict. So the Agilis project has adapted advances in prosthetic materials and design to make a foot that is well suited to wider social and environmental conditions.

Why not take four minutes out of your day and watch the presentation?