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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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News and Newsletters

USISPO Outreach in Ghana

Report From ISPO World Congress 2013 India

The ISPO World Congress, held every two years and in a different country each time, is the single most diverse, intense, and inspiring meeting in the field of Prosthetics and Orthotics. The presentations are top notch. Both the presenters and well as the attendees are multidisciplinary, including engineers, therapists, doctors, nurses, public health workers, teachers, and, of course, prosthetists and orthotists. Though the official language is English (thank you!!), the accents and clothing remind us that we in the US are only a small part of the large rehabilitation community.…more

ISPO and the Academy Announce OLC Courses Available in Spanish to ISPO Members

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) recently announced its collaboration with the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO), with translation of two courses from the Academy’s Paul E. Leimkuehler Online Learning Center (OLC) into Spanish for use by ISPO members.…more

Project Hope's First Orthotics Mission Trip to Belize

Project Hope Belize (PHB) has been providing prosthetic services to the people of Belize since 1995. What started with making a set of legs for Adrian Camara, a congenital bilateral transfemoral amputee, developed into annual prosthetic missions from 1996 to 2002. In 2003, Project Hope Belize was formally incorporated as a Belizean Charity and established the first and only full time prosthetics facility in the country of Belize. Mission trips have continued regularly ever since.…more

Walking in Chile

The best way to see a city is often on foot.  I arrived in Santiago, Chile in December 2009.  Santiago is a bustling city in South America with historic buildings juxtaposed with modern skyscrapers.  It was the day of their national elections, which meant that all businesses, museums, etc. were closed.…more

Letter from the Chair, March 2010

The Earthquake and subsequent crisis in Haiti is unlike anything ever experienced. The global response has been impressive although I admit some amount of wonder as to why it took an earthquake for the world to open their hearts, resources and wallets in a meaningful way to this poverty stricken nation.…more

From the USISPO Chairman

In these challenging economic times, it is always difficult to know where our hard-earned dollars are best applied for the greater good. As a current or former member of ISPO, you have enjoyed the benefits of being part of the organization that represents leaders in the rehabilitation world - physicians, therapists, engineers, prosthetists and orthotists who are dedicated to enhancing prosthetic and orthotic care globally. …more

From the USISPO Chairman

I recently had an opportunity to travel to Iran. This was not related to my role with ISPO but as a consultant to perform prosthetic education and clinical services. Given my love for travel, meeting new people and adventure, it seemed like another wonderful opportunity in a long succession of wonderful…more

USISPO Develops Code of Conduct for Humanitarian Assistance

Numerous organizations now offer prosthetic, orthotic and mobility assistance to communities in developing countries. Assistance ranges from direct fittings, donations of materials, supplies, used prostheses, wheelchairs, and shoes, to building clinics and training…more

The Effect of Good Missions Overseas

Just over 4 years ago I was enjoying a good practice as a Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Saint Louis Missouri where I spent close to a decade with previous successful experiences in Kentucky and Texas. When I told the chief of the Staff at the hospital that I was…more

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