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Prosthetics Startup Amparo wins FT & IFC award in innovating for disability

Themes: AT2030

Access to prosthetics for all: providing the 90% of amputees, without access to care, with a life-changing product.

Amparo, one of our AT2030 partners, received the Special Award for Innovating for Disability yesterday evening, at the Financial Times and IFC’s Transformational Business Awards 2019. A group of 9 judges selected the winners from a diverse selection of 270 businesses from all over the world.

The GDI Hub, as a part of the AT2030 Spark Innovation Sub Programme, has partnered with Amparo to support them in carrying out a clinical trial to evaluate how the Amparo Confidence Socket could help the provision of lower limb prosthetic in Kenya. Amparo and the GDI Hub n collaboration with local Kenyan partner will carry out the research during the trial to understand how the local services could absorb this technology and develop scalability models to maximise the impact of the Confidence Socket and ensure that more people can access the prosthetic services that they need.

Judge Darren Welch, Director of Policy UK at the DFID, presented the award, calling it: “A solution that has a huge potential to deliver real impact for people with disabilities, particularly in remote areas, with the minimum waste and at an affordable cost”.

Amparo’s groundbreaking prosthetic technology, the Confidence Socket, enables medical professionals for the very first time to visit and treat amputees anywhere with electricity and have them take their first steps in just one sitting. On top of this, the Confidence Socket can be completely reshaped to accommodate volume changes in the residual limb of an amputee; an eventuality that typically requires a new prosthesis.

Since launching in 2018, Amparo works with over 100 orthopedic clinics and professionals all over the world and have already changed the lives of hundreds of amputees. In July of this year, Amparo, together with the Global Disability Innovation Hub, will take the next step in their mission to provide access to modern prosthetics to all, travelling to Kenya to train medical professionals and treat amputees in the most remote of areas as part of the £10m global programme AT 2030

CEO and founder of Amparo, Lucas Paes de Melo: “We are extremely proud of the achievements we have made but there is still a long way to go. 90% of the world's amputees have no access to prosthetic care. Our trip to Kenya this year will be the first major step in changing that statistic for the better, allowing all those amazing people to live their lives to the fullest.

More on our work with Amparo.

Lucas Melo, CEO of Amparo holds a prosthetic device and the FT/IFC award.
Photo courtesy of Amparo.

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