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    Digital technologies for the benefits of the users for equitable access to rehabilitation services in challenging contexts


    10/8/19 | 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM time


    Jerome Canicave, Independent (Antananarivo, Madagascar)

    Pierre Moreau, Medecins Sans Frontieres Foundation (Paris, France)

    Isabelle Urseau, Humanity and Inclusion (Lyon, France)

    Session format
    Room 3B, Exhibition Hall 2
    Developing Countries / Education
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Jerome Canicave



    Humanity and Inclusion implemented a pilot project in 2016 about the use of digital technologies (CAD, 3D printing) for the supply of trans tibial prostheses in Togo, Madagascar and Syria, In order to confirm and scale up the first results Humanity & Inclusion (HI) proposes different projects. Through scientific studies and evidence-based results, the new projects aim to demonstrate that the use of innovative solutions allows better access to services while meeting quality requirements. Thus clinical and technological trials are conducted in various contexts through partnerships with local professionals, universities and companies specialized in new technologies:

    • In West Africa (Togo, Mali, Niger) a university research allows the comparison of the effects of conventional orthotic equipment with a 3D orthosis printed for 100 people.
    • In Syria, the equipment of 50 people waiting for a trans tibial prosthesis is performed remotely by rehabilitation’s professionals, specialists in digital technologies and 3D printing.
    • In Madagascar, technological research aims to provide 3D printed tibial prostheses at much lower costs than those proposed during the 2016 pilot project.

    Doctors without Borders (MSF Foundation) in 2017, initated the “3D Project” at the MSF Amman Reconstructive Surgery Hospital with the aim of evaluating the feasibility of locally designing, manufacturing and fitting customized 3D printed upper limb prostheses and 3D assisted burn facial orthosis for pressure therapy, while providing comprehensive clinical care. The multi--‐disciplinary team included local staff and expats from several specialties including P&O, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and biomedical engineering.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    Projects above offer a unique opportunity to develop innovative technologies in African and Middle East contexts and will provide comprehensive responses for the benefits of populations who currently do not have access to rehabilitation services

    This session focuses on the topic Developing Countries.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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