A number of assistive devices, such as gliding boards, carrying straps, and a nice wheelchair, arrived in India in October 2017. Some went to the Paraplegic Foundation, others to the Kashibai Navale College of Physiotherapy in Pune, and some went to Pravara.
Nurses and nurses aides were given training by Indian and Swedish students and teachers during the autumn of 2017. Now several of the departments at the hospital in Pravara have a walker, a wheelchair with removable arm supports, and at least one toilet raiser (to minimise squatting). They have begun to understand the meaning and intent of assistive devices, how they are used and their benefits.
Our collaboration with the aids and device company Handicare continues and we hope that they will eventually find a partner and start producing aids in India.