oa Quest - Prosthetic hands developed at local universities : a helping hand - research

Volume 15 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1729-830X



Worldwide, there are more than three million people who have had one or both arms or hands amputated, and the vast majority of these are in developing countries. Since commercially available prostheses are very expensive – starting at about R300 000 for myoelectric prostheses but exceeding R1 million for advanced models – many amputees use a hook or claw prosthesis, or nothing at all. Here, Quest explores some initiatives at local universities to develop more functional yet aff ordable options.

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