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Reference : V-F-CR-F-00381
Date : 05/1998
Country/Region : CAMBODIA
Title : Centre d'appareillage orthopédique de Battambang : prothèses tibiales = Battambang's prosthetic workshop : trans-tibial prosthesis
Duration : 00:12:46
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
Cameraman : unknown
Description : These two films demonstrate the technical aspects of manufacturing polypropylene components of prostheses and their use in Cambodia.
The orthopaedic programme of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Cambodia got under way in 1991, when the ICRC set up a polypropylene component factory in Phnom Penh. The components are dispatched to the ICRC prosthetic workshop in Battambang, near the most heavily mined area of the country, and to workshops run by other organizations involved in the physical rehabilitation of mine victims. From its long experience in war-affected countries, the ICRC knew that high-quality materials such as wood, leather or metal were expensive and often hard to obtain locally; in many countries they had to be imported. In 1988 the ICRC therefore decided to start manufacturing prostheses from polypropylene, a material which has many advantages: it is cheap, recyclable, easy to obtain and to store. The prostheses made from it are light but strong. Procedures are standardized so that amputees can have their prostheses repaired or adjusted in workshops operated by different organizations. The ICRC now uses polypropylene throughout the world.
Original language : English
Other language : French; International soundtrack
French title : Centre d'appareillage orthopédique de Battambang : prothèses tibiales
English title : Battambang's prosthetic workshop : trans-tibial prosthesis
Colour/B&W : colour
Original material/format : Digital Betacam
Best material/format available : Digital Betacam

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