Mr Angatai started making prosthetic limbs for amputees in the middle of the bush.
The team at St. Joseph Orthopedic Health Center are now in the process of building a more centrally located Centre in the city of Iganga. Demand for orthopaedic treatment exceeds supply by far.
There are still a large number of victims of leprosy, landmines and frequent traffic accidents. Currently the number of victims of the civil war in South Sudan is increasing rapidly.
Meanwhile Mr Angatai's colleagues together with Muwanga Sulaiman, a young orthopaedist, opened a new workshop in the nearby city of Iganga. Here they would like to use modern technology and there is no lack of enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge, but that is not enough.
The state does not provide health care, public subsidies for prosthetic devices are nearly non-existent and the mainly poor disabled cannot afford to pay for prostheses themselves. Expanding the prosthetics workshop in Iganga, which is vitally important to support the physically disabled and helps them overcome unemployment and isolation, cannot be achieved without foreign support.
Our goal is to supply material for the manufacture of prostheses, medical supplies, such as walking aids, walking frames, wheel chairs, and medical consumables such as bandages and plaster. Goods are sent by container, which is not cheap.
St. Joseph Orthopedic Health Center offers free medical care for the children of the local community. Income from orthopaedic services will help to make the Centre economically viable, so that it can operate without foreign financial support in the future.
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