Modular Prosthetic Legs: Changing Perceptions about Disability in Bali

Puspa walking with her new modular prosthetic leg in our workshop.

One of our great supporters A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) has recently given us high-quality modular prosthetic legs, enabling people with a disability in Bali and East Indonesia to be more comfortable and at ease when they walk.

The modular prosthetic legs differ from the mobility aids that PUSPADI Bali staff normally make, with the new components made of stainless steel and an aluminum base, making them reusable.

“As a young person with a disability grows, the components can be swapped with other components and it’s less wait time for them at the clinic as well as shorter assembling time for staff,” AJ Warco from ALTSO says.

“We’re trying to change the perception of disability in the developing world through these modular devices, so people who wear them are proud and aren’t hiding or concealing anything about their prostheses.

14-year-old Puspa has been learning to walk with her modular prosthetic leg and says, “I’m happy with it as I love the colour and like the shape of it.”

Puspa (centre) spending time with her friends at her home.

ALTSO provides free orthopedic care, including prosthetic limbs, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to children in developing countries, including in Bali, where it has a partnership with PUSPADI Bali.

PUSPADI Bali currently makes the highest quality prosthetics and orthotics outside Jakarta and is continually looking for new technologies or ways to improve the comfort factor for people with disabilities that it supports.

“These modular limbs are lighter and it’s easier to adjust the alignment so that it corrects any walking abnormalities and gives people with disabilities more comfort,” Tanty, PUSPADI Bali’s Clinical Coordinator says.

PUSPADI Bali staff will follow up with the people it fitted with modular component prosthetic limbs to check their progress and make adjustments where needed.