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Dieses von der Gebert Rüf Stiftung geförderte Projekt wird von folgenden weiteren Projektpartnern mitgetragen: Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK); Ikea Stiftung Schweiz; SwissLimbs; Mr. Green Africa
Project no: GRS-016/19
Amount of funding: CHF 150'000
Duration: 02.2019 - 12.2020
Area of activity: First Ventures, seit 2018
35 to 40 million people globally require prosthetic and orthotic services (WHO, Standards for prosthetics and orthotics, 2017). Today, only one out of ten people in need have access to affordable assistive products, including prostheses and orthoses. Without access to such products, many individuals in need are confined to their homes and live dependent, excluded lives. In addition, many existing low-cost prosthetic solutions lack in terms of functionality and comfort and most of them are dependent on donations.
With Project Circleg we are building a social impact business that develops and distributes affordable lower-limb prosthetics for amputees in developing countries. By selling the prosthetic leg units and providing an adjustment and repair service, we want to generate income and therefore be a self-sustaining enterprise.
Compared to existing low-cost prosthetic solutions, the Circleg prosthesis has very high functionality for a still affordable price. This not only increases comfort for the user but adds some vital functions for daily activities like using a squat toilet or enabling a kneeling position. The modular design ensures that the Circleg prosthesis can be individually adapted to the user in terms of size and colour. By using recycled plastic waste in combination with simple production methods, the Circleg prosthesis can be produced locally. This adds value to the local economy by turning waste into a tradable resource and creating jobs that can generate income for some people and their families.
What is special about the project?
Project Circleg stands out for three innovative aspects: Firstly the user-centered design approach, which allows the integration of needs and requirements of amputees into the product development. This results in a holistic prosthetic solution which is tailored to the context, life circumstances and financial means of its users and thus increases their quality of life.
Secondly the use of local recycled plastic waste which reduces material cost by up to 50 percent and adds value to the local economy by transforming waste into a tradable resource. The local recycling, production and assembling of the Circleg prosthetic solution creates jobs that can secure an income for some people and their families.
And thirdly the holistic model based on circular economy, which enables the replacement and recycling of broken parts and thus enhances the value retention of the product and at the same time reduces maintenance costs for the user.
Project Circleg started as an industrial design bachelor-degree project at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in March 2018 and is now evolving into social impact business. The first prototype of the Circleg prosthetic system exists and will be further developed during the next two years. At the same time, the business model will be refined and partnerships in Switzerland, Kenya and Uganda are being established. The further development will start in February 2019.
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Persons involved in the project
Last update to this project presentation 18.07.2019