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Reaching Beyond
Our Borders

Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project – Report to USISPO from Jon Batzdorff

Based on conversations with the amputee veterans and prosthetists in Ukraine, it became clear that there was a need for help in the area of prosthetics and related rehabilitation. Specifically they needed assistance in fitting upper extremity and highly involved lower extremity amputees. The discussion that began in November developed into the ProsthetiKa Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto and Canada Ukraine Foundation agreed to lead the project, and Jon Batzdorff of ProsthetiKa agreed to organize the technical aspects and assemble a team of…

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Batzdorff's Teaching
in Tanzania

Jon Batzdorff was contacted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) / Special Fund for the Disabled to provide training in fitting above-the-knee amputees with ischial containment sockets.

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Al Ingersoll Working
in Bangladesh

Al Ingersoll, CPO, USISPO Education Chair

I was fortunate to visit Bangladesh this past year and meet with numerous people and organizations focused on the disability/rehabilitation sector. Bangladesh is well served by local organizations, (BRAC)

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Don Bosco Student Benefits from US ISPO Funds

USISPO Scholarship Recipient Works with Pediatric Patients

Victor Manuel Quezada is one of the students at Don Bosco University who has received assisstance through the scholarships provided by US ISPO. Victor Manuel studied the carrier of Technician in O&P, during 1999-2001, with the support of an academic grant from US ISPO and a life grant from the Guatemalan Pediatric Foundation.

He obtained his professional title at the University Don Bosco in April 2002, as well as the international recognition from ISPO, Cat. II. During his academic experience he produced orthoses and prostheses for handicapped people of low income. He also took part in the post earthquakes orthopedic work that took place in different areas of El Salvador.

Since February 2002, Victor Manuel has worked for the Guatemalan Pediatric Foundation, a non-governmental and non-profit institution which brings health services, with focus in maternal population and childhood, with national overview and international projection.

In April 2002 the O & P Laboratory was developed with the Guatemalan Pediatric Foundation. Victor Manuel is the individual in charge of the production area, this includes the supervision of all the process from evaluation until the delivery of the orthoses or prostheses, as well as administrative matters such as material reports, maintenance of the equipment and machinery, improvement of the O&P services, etc.

At this time, the Foundation has amplified its services not only to childhood but also to adults, due to the fact that in Guatemala the availability of O&P services is very low. This shows the technical and production capacity of the O&P Laboratory of the Guatemalan Pediatric Foundation.