This is your chance to give amputees in The Gambia the ultimate Leg Up this year. Presenting, Legs4Africa's biggest ever fundraising campaign. Launching on the first day of The Paralympics, and ending on Christmas Eve we're about to do something ground-breaking, together...
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It’s amazing to see the encouragement and change in mood that counselling can bring to amputees and their family, when I speak with them and they see me walking, they realise all is not lost.
During the Paralympics where all these great superhumans get to show exactly what they're capable of it's really important for us to donate to Legs4Africa because quite literally it's giving people in Africa the opportunity to take their first step into an active lifestyle.
At just one major Gambian hospital alone 1 person is amputated every 3.5 days; with road traffic accidents and complications from diabetes causing the vast majority. Most of these individuals are unable to access the support and technology they need to cope with the challenges and the trauma limb loss can bring. We estimate there are 4,500 people in The Gambia in need of a prosthetic leg, and 80% of these will not receive any emotional or physical rehabilitation support.
We have been working in The Gambia since 2014. In that time we have delivered enough parts to build or repair nearly 400 prosthetic legs, we’ve increased capacity at the country’s only mobility centre and we’ve helped to establish peer support networks and counselling services for amputees in the community. Through this campaign, we will be able to continue supporting and expanding our services for the next two years - reaching even more people with limb differences.
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