Mao3D Research and Extansion Program
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In the Vale do Paraíba region, about 47 thousand people are disabled with absence or malformation of arms, hands or fingers. With the loss of manipulative capacity, the individual can have a less functional, more dependent life and is excluded from society.
Upper limb prostheses available on the market or by the SUS can not restore the function of the limb lost, as they have a rejection rate of more than 90% of the cases. In addition, they are unsuitable for children's use because they are heavy, costly, and do not keep up with a child's growth. In this context, the Institute of Science and Technology of the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), which is part of the National Network of Nuclei Research in Assistive Technology, in partnership with the Lucy Montoro Rehabilitation Center, both in the city of São José dos Campos, conceived the Extension Program Mano3D.
The Mano3D Program is based on an innovation in Assistive Technology, hand prosthesis produced by 3D printing. This type of prosthesis was created by an African carpenter who lost part of the hand in a work accident, and not satisfied with his situation created an alternative model, more functional and low cost. Thus was born e-Nable, a worldwide community that offers models of hand prosthesis for 3D printing. The main objective of the Mano3D Extension Program is to protect and rehabilitate 100 upper limb amputees from the Vale do Paraíba region with prostheses produced by 3D printing.
The program includes several actions such as an official website, video channel, rehabilitation program within a state-of-the-art center, lectures on prevention of amputation in work environments, and professional training both for the production of 3D prosthetics and for rehabilitation of patients using this type of prosthesis. This Program is in accordance with the mission of UNIFESP to promote the advancement of knowledge through teaching, research and extension actions. In this way, the proposed extension activities are linked to the Pedagogical Project of the Biomedical Engineering Course and the Institution's Development Plan, whose basic foundations are interdisciplinarity, excellence and social inclusion.
Many thanks to everyone who helped in the Mao3D project campaign! We thank those who collaborated financially with material or publicity! We could not do it without your help!
All in all, it raised R $ 11,220.00, withdrawing the rate of 17.5% from Kickante, Mao3D received R $ 9,256.50!
We have not reached the financial goal, but with the amount we can deliver 21 childrens' dentures!
The rewards are already being prepared and soon we will make the planning of the expenses available!
TOGETHER WE CAN BE THE CHANGE IN A CHILD'S LIFE!