Since losing the lower part of his right leg in 1969, Huynh Tan has walked the dirt roads and green fields of his commune of Binh Sa using a homemade prosthetic fashioned out of bamboo, cloth and twine. Pham Thanh Hoang, a 58-year-old man from the nearby Phu May commune, has drastically limited mobility due to a missing left leg and a right leg broken in three places. For years, both men have hoped for new devices that will lessen their pain, reduce their risk of infection, and improve their ability to live and work independently.
Tan and Hoang were just two of the more than 260 amputees who attended an outreach event on September 13, 2008, at a local health clinic in Ha Lam, a small town in the central Quang Nam province south of the city of Danang. The outreach project was organized by VNAH, bringing together people with mobility impairments from throughout the region and representatives from the Danang Prosthetics and Rehabilitation Center, who conducted professional fittings. With these new artificial limbs, local residents like Tan and Hoang will be able to overcome some of the daily barriers, enhancing their quality of life and allowing them to participate more fully in their communities.