Summary: International agencies such as Handicap International report that there are no appropriate wheelchairs currently available to meet the needs of people who are injured or have lost their existing wheelchair in an emergency situation. This means that they are one of the most vulnerable groups: immobile, excluded from relief efforts, dependent on others and at risk of life-threatening health complications. Appropriate, affordable, lightweight, ‘emergency wheelchairs’ are essential in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. They offer a temporary solution upon which longer term, sustainable wheelchair provision can develop. An innovative wheelchair will therefore be designed specifically to meet this need which is not currently being met by any other product. In contrast to the majority of orthopaedic wheelchairs that are donated in emergencies, its specifications will make it suitable for such environments, while also meeting international standards. The emergency wheelchair will allow high numbers of victims of an emergency situation to access relief services and have a greater chance of survival.
Innovation Factor: There is no other wheelchair which meets the specific requirements of emergency situations; this will be an innovative product specifically designed to be appropriate and supplied quickly.
Added Value: Motivation and Handicap International will work together with their unique and complementary expertise; Motivation in the field of wheelchair design and provision, and Handicap International in the field of emergency relief.
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