GIVING HANDS – ENABLING MOBILITY

a prosthetic hand project





Information Manual- 2012









ROTARACT CLUB OF KATHMANDU MID-TOWN
RI District 3292, Nepal & Bhutan
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INTRODUCTION

About Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town

Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town, sponsored by Rotary
Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town, is a youth-based, non political,
non religious, international social organization established in 1997.
It is dedicated to serve and make a difference to the community
following the Rotary International theme of “Peace through
Service”.

About Giving Hands-Enabling Mobility

It is estimated that, around the globe, thousands of people of all ages survive industrial,
agricultural, road-traffic and other accidents, acts of violence and war; as a consequence,
they suffer severe disabilities. Even some are born without limbs but are unable to obtain
a functional prosthetic hand. Nepal is of no exception to these facts.

“Giving Hands-Enabling Mobility” is one of the
community service projects initiated by Rotarian
mentor and advisor and the Rotaract Club of
Kathmandu Mid-Town.

The objective of the project is to provide a
prosthetic hand to those with non functional arm
with the hand lost below the elbow to enable
mobility to perform simple day to day activities

Initial phase of the project: intensive and wide spread data collection
Sources: Hospitals – orthopedic department, Army and police hospitals and cantonments,
health centers, public sectors, voluntary, corporate and private organizations or clubs,
community and personal contacts.

Next Phase: Implementation on amassing of 50 or more pre-screened applicants,
arrangements for providing a prosthetic hand free of cost from USA will be organized
and the recipients will be contacted upon arrival.

Target Group

A prosthetic hand that is being provided under “Giving Hand-Enabling Mobility” is
targeted for all needy candidates, irrespective of cause, economic status, gender, sex,
religion, caste and ethnicity.

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However, there are certain requirements that the candidate must meet so as to be eligible
as a recipient of prosthetic hand.

Some of the basic requirements are:

• The candidate must be 2 years old or above.
• Minimum 12 centimeters of residual hand must be
present from the tip of the elbow to end of the cut
part.
• There should be no open wounds and no unusual
sensitivity on the residual hand.
• There must be good flexibility and muscle tone in
the upper arm, joint and residual limb.
• For double amputees, only one prosthetic hand will
be delivered per candidate.

What is Prosthetic Hand?

The prosthetic hand is an artificial device used to supplement the lost part of the hand
below the elbow. The Prosthetic Hand is not a medical device. It is a simple, low cost,
durable, reliable and functional helping hand, constructed of cocoa puff color, injected
molded plastic, with brass and stainless steel
metal parts.

The prosthetic hand is resistant to water, heat,
dirt and salt, and it is easy to clean with just clear
water. It is strong and, when properly fit on the
recipient’s arm, can support more than 25 pounds
of weight.

One size fits all recipients and functions as either the left or right hand. The hand is
attached easily and is easily removed by the wearer in a few seconds.

Key features of a prosthetic hand are:

• Durable – Simple – Light-weight – Functional
• Easy to fit by trained non-medical volunteers
• No significant maintenance – can be replaced on damage


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FINDING A RECIPIENT


Who can help us find a recipient?

Individuals, Hospitals and Health Centers, Public health agencies, Rotaract and other
youth clubs, voluntary, corporate and private organizations, Army and Police force.


How can you help us?

• Individuals’: can locate, liaison and promote

“Giving hands- enabling mobility” responds to the need of individuals with disability
affecting their hand. Every individual in the community and society can support the
program by helping to locate such needy person in their own locality. They can also serve
as a liaison person between the club and the recipient candidate by making personal
contacts with the target needy individual helping to register their name for further
proceedings.

Further, support would be through promotion of the program by sharing the information
regarding the project at their place of work, their organization, institute, club as well as
their families, friends and acquaintances. Active participation in our “Giving Hand-
Enabling Mobility” facebook campaign would also be of great help.

• Hospitals/ Health Centers, Army and Police force cantonments

Support to the project would be by co-operation to share the required information of their
patients, who meet the requirements for receiving the prosthetic hand.

• Public Health Agencies/ Voluntary, Corporate and Private Organizations

Organizations can respond to this project by helping to locate such recipients in their
organization or in their community through their network of staff and contacts. They can
also play a liaison role between the club and the clients.

• Rotaract and other youth clubs

A widespread support and leg working will be initiated among the youth i.e. Rotaract and
various other youth clubs and college students. Their assistance would be to locate, help
in registering of recipients in filling up the “Recipient Pre-registration Form” available at
our website and timely submission of the documents to the project coordinator.

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How to find a recipient for a prosthetic hand?

• Personal contacts: One could have known a person who meets the criteria for
receiving a prosthetic hand. S/he could be one’s relative, neighbor, friend or
colleague.

• Groups/Networks: The network of a club can be mobilized to find a potential client.
The information regarding the project can be relayed within the clubs/organizations
so that members can contribute for the cause.

• Through media: One having good relations with the media personnel can help us find
the recipient by helping us relay the project information through respective media.


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REGISTRATION

The registration of a recipient for prosthetic hand requires filling up a “Recipient Pre-
Registration Form” and a “Voluntary Consent Form”. Registration can be made by the
recipients as per their convenience by either of the following ways:
• Direct Registration: One with a need for prosthetic hand can register their name by
visiting us directly at:
Spectra Opticals and Eye Lens Clinic (10:00- 11:45 a.m.)
Blue-Bird Complex
Thapathali, Kathmandu

• E-mail Registration: Registration can also be made through e-mail (see contact
information). The recipients are required to send a soft copy of the filled Recipient
Pre-Registration Form and Voluntary Consent Form. The Voluntary Consent Form
must be a scanned copy with signatures. All the forms are available on our club
website www.rotaractnepal.org.np.

• Through Rotaract Clubs and other organizations: If there are any difficulties in
registration by either of the above means, please contact us. We would arrange to
make a registration through Rotaract Clubs and other organizations (supporting this
project) at your places.




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CONTACT INFORMATION

Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town
Email: rotaractktmmidtown@yahoo.com


Dr. Chandra Lekha Tuladhar Rtr. Kishor Acharya
Mentor/Advisor President (2012/13)
RAC Kathmandu Mid-Town RAC Kathmandu Mid-Town
racs@wlink.com.np 977-9849027646
mekishoracharya@gmail.com


Rtr. Prabesh Ghimire Rtr. Anil Dhungana
Coordinator Coordinator
977-9849134766 977-9841917883
prabesh45@gmail.com anil.dhungana1990@gmail.com

For further information visit us at www.rotaractnepal.org.np. You can also join us at our
facebook campaign “Giving Hands-Enabling Mobility”.


There is no greater purpose in life than providing happiness through service. Giving Hands-
Enabling Mobility is an entirely voluntary community service project conducted with a theme
“Service above Self”. We request each one to be observant to identify a possible candidate and
help to make a difference.

The support of all those who have joined this noble and humanitarian cause will be appreciated
through certification and letter of appreciation.








“SERVE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE”

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PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS


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Reg. No: ……………….

Rotaract Club of Kathmandu Mid-Town
“Giving Hands-Enabling Mobility Project”

Recipient Pre-Registration Form

Name Age/sex
Occupation Contact no.
District Zone Municipality/VDC Ward no.

Lost hand: Right Left Dominant hand: Right Left
Date of loss: …………………………………………………………
Reason for loss: ……………………………………………………..
Additional notes (if any): …………………………………………………………………………………..
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Additional Contacts (if any)
Contact person Relation
Occupation Contact no.
Contact Address

Evaluation Yes No Remarks
Length of residual arm (≥14 cm)
Good flexibility of upper arm, joint and residual arm
Muscle tenderness of residual part
No open wounds and no unusual sensitivity on the residual part


Referred by: ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Name of individual taking report: ………………………………………….. Date: ………………..
Name of the organization/club: ………………………………………………… Ph. No. ……………..


(Note: please attach a photo with clear view of residual arm)
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