A helping hand for Africa

Mohamed Dhaouafi

Tunisia
Promotional URL: https://dhaouafimed.wixsite.com/curetunisie

Provide a summary of the concept, how it works/could work, and why it could be successful

We provide children, who suffer from upper limb amputations, with bionic hand, which are
3D printed, stylish and sleek, controlled by muscles, looks like their biological hand with
the privilege to add removable customization.
We are also developing a virtual reality-based serious game that will allow children to play
while going through rehabilitation and training and while having the opportunity to virtually
customize their bionic hand allowing both children in rural areas to have access to
rehabilitation and doctors to have objective outcomes and follow in distance.

Explain briefly the specific problem(s) you are trying to solve, and how your solution impacts or will impact the region

More than 30 million persons worldwide are upper-limb amputees with 35% children and
only 5% of them have access to prosthetics because of a high price that can reach $100
000. Moreover, children need a new limb every 6 months until growth complete. Through
the different ages for an amputee, many difficulties will appear. Therefore, academically,
children will face difficulties to integrate schools like their peers. Psychologically, most of
amputees lose hope, happiness, and self-confidence since this traumatic limb amputation
is a catastrophic injury and an irreversible act that causes inability to support self and
drives them toward various psychiatric disorders.
Added to that, no efficient and accessible solution for amputees are available to help them
overcome psychological problems and to learn how to use their future prosthetics easily,
especially in rural areas.

Geographical Scope: where is the innovation currently operating/where would it first be applied and where would it scale?

Africa and Middle East
Currently, we are starting with Tunisia.

Please state the current status of your initiative

Pilot stage

Beneficiaries: Explain who would benefit from this solution and indicate whether you would be working with a local partner or organization to implement (if so,specify)

Currently, we are focusing on children with upper limb amputations. We are already
partnering with a local NGO that serves in providing children with prosthetics by collecting
money and helping them with social assistance. Internationally, we will be contacting
INGOs such as UNICEF and World Bank of Health for potential partnerships.

Describe the scalability and innovation elements of your initiative

We treat a global issue that touches at least 30 million persons worldwide. We visited
countries in the continent with a huge need and where solutions are either absent or
limited (Nigeria, Kenya, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, KSA…)

Please state your innovation sponsor (if applicable)

We got funding and support from multiple institutions such as :
-RISE FOR CHANGE program by UNDP that provides us with mentorship
-Grants by UNPD and Tony Elumelu Foundation
-Constancy by Cambridge Consultancy Network
-Advisory by doctors
-Office space and machine by our university ENISo

What are your key resources at this stage and what resources would you need to implement/scale?

We are relying on personal resources, grants and university resources (3D printing
machines and office space). We have a team of 5 persons including engineers, business
developer and product design.
We will need more financial resources to make key hires, buy our own machine, buy more
components and materials, participate in international programs and fairs where we can
connect with clients and suppliers. We also need mentorship.

What are your key challenges and risks at this stage?

Financial challenges are the main challenges for us. We are also struggling with difficulties
of importing components to Tunisia since we don’t have easy international payment which
slows down our operations.

What are your goals and timeline?

1) Go to market : in 3 Months
2) Raising investment : in 6 months

Why should this innovation be selected?

We build the most affordable and customizable prosthetics in the continent for children
with amputations. Not only that but we provide them with a rehabilitation platform where
they can get rehabilitation while playing and customizing their future hand using virtual
reality.

Discussions

3 Comments

  1. L’idée est géniale, un projet est à la fois social et innovant. bonne continuation j’espère que vous arriverez à vos fins, Meilleurs vœux de réussite et de prospérité ❤
    Go go les leaders 💪💪

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