Battambang's prosthetic workshop (Trans-tibial prosthesis)
31-12-1998 Film Ref. V-F-CR-F-00381
The ICRC Prosthetic workshop in Battambang, Cambodia was set up in 1991 to provide low-cost, prostheses to amputees, many of whom are victims of mines. Amputees stay at the centre, with its physiotherapy complex and 120 bed dormitories, while they wait for their artificial limbs to be fitted.
This video follows the ICRC's process of fabricating a trans-tibial prosthesis for an amputee - from the first measurements, through to the final check. The prosthesis is made from polypropylene, a material which is cheap, recyclable and easy to obtain and store - for the amputee, the finished prosthesis is light and strong. This process has been standardised so that amputees in Cambodia and other war-affected countries can have their prostheses repaired or adjusted in workshops operated by other organisations.