Indian UN blue helmets provide artificial limbs to mine victims in southern

23 April 2007Indian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are providing artificial limbs to victims of mine and cluster bombs in a special project at their headquarters in the south of the country. The peacekeepers identified over 100 Lebanese people who could benefit from the artificial limb, and these patients received free medical examinations and fittings by a medical team flown from India for the project, which is being funded by the Arab Finance House bank.The artificial limb, called the “Jaipur Foot,” is named for the city in India where it was developed and is manufactured.The ten-day clinic opened on 14 April and closes tomorrow, and approximately ten patients have been fitted with the prosthetic limbs each day.While in Lebanon, the Indian specialists are also training local technicians to provide after-care treatment to those who receive the artificial limbs.

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