From Hindustan Times:
Thousands of people have been injured and many hundreds have lost limbs as a result of the fighting in Yemen. The war has damaged infrastructure on both sides, crippled the health system and pushed the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine.There is another problem the country is facing, a limited supply of prosthetic limbs and crutches for the amputee survivors.
With the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Prosthetics, Orthotics and Physiotherapy Centre in Taiz is providing industrial limbs. But as the demand for such limbs continues, the staff says they are being hit by a shortage of materials. As a short-term solution, the ICRC have provided the centre with a crutch-making machine.
The machine can produce 20 crutches per day. To make the crutches, they use the remnants of materials used to make artificial limbs.
Dr. Mansour El-Wazie: “Of the 400 cases that have reached the centre, about 225 cases have received artificial limbs. But because of the lack of materials there are about 100 cases waiting to take measurements for the artificial limbs. The problem is the lack of materials to produce these parts.”