The Prostheses Foundation has started the mobile unit service in 1992 to fulfill the initiative of H.R.H. Srinagarindra the Princess Mother and H.R.H. Princess Galayani Vadhana Kromluang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra to provide prostheses for amputees across the country. Amputees, especially with financial difficulties in remote areas, cannot travel and/or afford costs of services at provincial hospitals which they are required to visit the hospitals several times to complete their prostheses.
Fact is, in some areas, the mobile unit service cannot cover all amputees, while old prostheses need to be repaired as well. Seeing the importance of these problems, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Therdchai Jivacate, Secretary-general of the Foundation, worked together with community hospitals to set up prosthetic workshops in order to provide sustainable service to amputees. With those workshops, amputees will be able to reach out for the services they need without having to spend much time and money for transportation.
The principle given by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Therdchai Jivacate is for the community to appoint a couple of healthy and capable amputees to receive both theoretical and practical trainings from the Foundation. These amputees will be equipped with knowledge and skills of prostheses making, and will be able to provide services to amputees in their community. This will provide the communities a sustainable service under professional supervision that every amputee can access for help. To date, the Foundation and community hospitals have been setting up 30 prosthetic workshops as well as supporting them with instruments. In the foreseeable future, the Foundation aims to establish prosthetic factories at least one workshop per one province across the country.
If any hospitals would like to set up a prosthetic workshop, please contact or ask for further information at the Prostheses Foundation, Chiang Mai office.