United Nations Hails Jaipur Foot

United Nations Hails Jaipur Foot

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NEW YORK (TIP):  India’s
 longstanding innovation, the Jaipur Foot project, is being hailed as an
 “excellent” example of South-South cooperation and multi-stake holder 
collaboration as it has helped over 1.7 million persons with 
disabilities gain mobility in 34 countries.

India’s Permanent Mission to the UN 
along with the Jaipur based Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti 
(BMVSS) organized a panel discussion here Tuesday, May 15, on the Jaipur
 Foot’s 50-year journey of helping people with disabilities across the 
world. Following the panel discussion, an exhibition on Jaipur Foot was 
also inaugurated in the UN Secretariat Building. The exhibition which 
would be there till May 18 displays the Jaipur Foot making the 

In India, a longstanding innovation has 
been the ‘Jaipur Foot’, popularized by Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata
 Samiti (BMVSS) and the organization has worked with over 1.7 million 
persons with disabilities in 34 countries across the world, India’s 
Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said at the discussion.

“The organization has now worked for 
half a century for this noble cause. While the technology behind such 
innovations has continued to improve, the ‘Jaipur Foot’ has provided 
much needed assistance to those who are among the most affected and 
those who have very limited resources to seek the kind of assistance 
that is needed by them. They truly are working to ensure no one is left 
behind,” Akbaruddin said.

Jagdish Dharamchand Koonjul, Permanent 
Representative of Mauritius to the UN, said that his country is proud to
 be associated with the work of Jaipur Foot in Mauritius and in the 
Indian Ocean Region.

“In 2014, the Jaipur Foot Project, which
 represents an excellent template for South-South cooperation and 
South-North cooperation was launched in Mauritius to service the 
countries in the region,” he said.

Koonjul stressed that the Jaipur Foot 
Project is a fine example of multi-stakeholder partnerships involving 
governments, civil society and the private sector to realize the 
Sustainable Development Goals in Mauritius.

“Besides ensuring the transfer of much 
needed technology in the field, the project has fostered a strong 
partnership with local and international organizations and in the 
development of capacity building programs in education, health, social 
and economic integration and rehabilitation,” he said.

Koonjul told the audience at the panel 
discussion that in the Indian Ocean region, Jaipur Foot Mauritius has 
provided prosthesis free of cost to 1200 persons. In 2015, a 15-month 
old boy from Seychelles, Brendon became the youngest beneficiary of the 
Jaipur Foot.

“We are proud of the journey covered by 
Jaipur Foot in Mauritius by giving a much-needed boost to the 
self-esteem of people and improving the quality of life of the 
differently abled persons. Jaipur Foot has empowered them to lead an 
independent and productive life,” he said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
 National Vice President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that in today’s 
changing global circumstances, India is playing a very crucial and 
leading role, including in the rehabilitation of the different-abled 

“Jaipur Foot has become a symbol of 
Indian society’s ability to empathize. Indian society definitely 
provides several avenues for the cultivation of more empathic and 
sensitivity-oriented initiatives and Jaipur Foot is one of them,” 
Sahasrabuddhe said.

He said that it is a “great honor” for 
India to be taking a lead and initiative and to be seen as a nation that
 is working for the rescue and rehabilitation of those who are 

Founder and Chief Patron of BMVSS 
Devendra Raj Mehta said Jaipur Foot is the “epitome of frugal” or 
Gandhian engineering, which involves doing the maximum with the minimum.

 He said that while the Jaipur Foot costs $ 70, a similar western prosthetic costs $ 15,000.

Mehta said that the BMVSS in association with the ministry of external affairs will hold on the site fitment camps in Vietnam, MyanmarIraqNepal and Bangladesh
 in the coming months. These camps will ensure that 5000 persons get 
mobility and dignity. He said that now a Jaipur hand is being developed 
in association with a US university

Prem Bhandari, the chairman of the 
Jaipur Foot USA, said that the Jaipur Foot USA took the initiative of 
creating awareness by holding a seminar on disability with the 
association of India’s permanent mission in the United Nations. He said the Indian Americans are helping in popularizing the low-cost Jaipur Foot in the United States.


An Indian businessman based in Houston 
Rajiv Daga and his wife Neeta Daga donated Rs 1.35 crore to the Jaipur 
Foot. During the seminar in the United Nation, a Nigerian citizen John 
Mattes, who is a handicap was shown walking on the Jaipur Foot. John was
 flown at the initiative of the Jaipur foot to Jaipur where he was 
provided the Jaipur Foot within two days. Now he is able to walk.


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