ICRC Polypropylene Technology

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Product description Brand name and product description

Prosthetics for the lower and the upper limbs manufactured via ICRC’s polypropylene technology. The product was selected for inclusion in WHO’s 2013 Compendium of Innovative Health Technologies for Low-Resource Settings.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Ethiopia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mayanmar

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

ICRC develops polypropylene technology and trains local professionals in the use of the technology to establish local limb-fitting centers. The establishment of these local centers allows ICRC to transfer responsibility to a local government or partner NGOs. In certain circumstances ICRC may substitute entirely for the authorities, but 90% of ICRC projects are managed in close cooperation with local partners, primarily government authorities.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

Funds from ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled cover the full cost or subsidize prosthetics. Funding structure of prosthetic provision varies from program to program depending on financial capabilities of implementation partners as well as other factors such as local access to health insurance or government subsidized health care.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

SATHI prosthesis, Monolimb, Roto-molded prosthesis, ATLAS prosthesis, Jaipur HDPE prosthesis

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.


Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Physically disabled in regions of conflict or war

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