Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) or as it more commonly referred to as Jaipur Foot is the world’s largest organisation serving the disabled. This NGO provides all its assistance, including artificial limbs, calipers and other aids and appliances totally free of charge.
It has its headquarters at Jaipur (India). It is a pan-Indian organisation having 22 branches, spanning Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir) to Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and Ahmedabad (Gujarat) to Guwahati (Assam). Metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Varanasi, Patna, etc also have limb fitment centres of BMVSS.
Since it’s inception, BMVSS has rehabilitated more than 1.3 million amputees and polio patients by fitting / providing artificial limbs (Jaipur Foot variations), calipers, and other aids and appliances, mostly in India and also in 26 countries across the world. Apart from providing the widest possible range of services for the disabled, BMVSS is also focused on research and development, and tries to fuse service with science.
BMVSS has forged agreements with many organisations including Stanford University, USA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA; and the Indian Space Research Organisation; and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur, for research and development. The Stanford-BMVSS Jaipur Knee, which is the result of research due to a formal memorandum of understanding between BMVSS and Stanford University, was hailed by Time magazine (November 23, 2009 issue) as one of the world’s 50 best inventions in 2009.
BMVSS has held more than 50, on-the-spot, limb fitment camps in 26 countries across the world, the details of which are given under the Foreign camps section.
What they do
- Artificial limbs (prostheses) to amputees.
- Calipers to polio patients (no new cases detected in India, but former patients need calipers).
- Hand-pedaled tricycles.
- Other orthopaedic aids and appliances.
- Hearing aids, etc.