The Rotary Club of Lusaka has been instrumental is establishing an orthopaedic workshop and clinic in the city's University Teaching Hospital.
GV ZOOM IN EXTERIOR Hut amputee clinic PULL BACK as one-legged man goes past on crutches
SV INT Man has stump of leg measured
SV Man makes callipers PAN UP TO harnesses
SVs & CUs Wooden leg being shaped (2 shots)
SV Leather fitted around wooden foot
SV EXT Man unstraps leg and rubs stump before putting leg back on
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Background: The Rotary Club of Lusaka has been instrumental is establishing an orthopaedic workshop and clinic in the city's University Teaching Hospital.
SYNOPSIS: The Rotary Club's action has great significance in Zambia. Until the clinic was set up, most amputees only had the aid of crutches or peg legs. That was before Rotary Lusaka began a fund raising campaign that spread throughout East and Central Africa, to Britain and Sweden.
The culmination of the campaign was the purchase of equipment and a workshop for Zambian technicians. Now amputees have almost a full prosthesis service available to them.
The workshop is still operating at a fairly basic level. The technicians mostly shape wooden legs, and, at this stage, the latest synthetic legs from Europe aren't being distributed in Lusaka. But the amputees feel the workshop already represents a giant breakthrough.
They appreciate the comfort and flexibility a false leg gives them. The legs are all made slightly larger than necessary to compensate for the climate. All who use them say that swelling and stump irritation has been greatly relieved.
However, the Rotary Club's drive continues. Club organisers say they won't be content until the workshop/clinic is staffed with fully trained technicians with the most modern equipment available to them. And, with the worldwide resources of Rotary to help, they say that day isn't too far away.