15% of the world’s population
have some type of disability. The Spanish NGO, ‘Ayúdame 3D’, carries out a solidarity initiative that consists of manufacturing 3D printed arms to send them, free of charge, to various countries around the world and thus be able to give a new life to those people who need it.
An initiative that has reached places like Uganda or Kenya, where getting one is almost impossible. “
It is wonderful“, indicates one of these people who already enjoys one of these 3D printed arms.
Now, this Spanish NGO has also received requests from Ukraine from people who have suffered the consequences of the explosions. Guillermo Gauna-Vivas, director of ‘Ayúdame 3d’, explains that they have been trying to help since the beginning of the conflict.
“We are offering these assistive devices to allow them to have a second chance and improve their quality of life,” says Gauna-Vivas.
Some requests that not only come from abroad, and a third of their prostheses are used in Spain. “
Here we deliver more than 30% of the aids”, reveals the director of this Spanish NGO. In addition, he recognizes that, above all, the requests focus on children and older people who cannot support a conventional prosthesis.
Regina Martínez works at ‘Ayúdame 3D’ and confesses that she knows well what the barriers are to accessing a prosthesis because she was born with agenesis in her right hand.
“The most economical are usually aesthetic prostheses,” he reveals. However, in those where mobility enters, the price can be between
20,000 and 30,000 euros.
For this reason, ‘Ayúdame 3D’ claims universal accessibility. So far, your project has already received the
recognition of the European Parliamentafter being awarded this year for their work.