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Nations hail Jaipur Foot contribution at UN

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

India's longstanding innovation, the 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.

to the UN along with the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) in organised a panel discussion here yesterday on the Foot's 50 year journey of helping people with disabilities across the Following the panel discussion, an exhibition on Jaipur Foot was also inaugurated in the

In India, a longstanding innovation has been the 'Jaipur Foot', popularised by Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) and the organisation has worked with over 1.7 million persons with disabilities in 34 countries across the world, India's Permanent to the UN said at the discussion.

"The organisation 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 of to the UN, said that his country is proud to be associated with the work of Jaipur Foot in and in the Region.

"In 2014, the Jaipur Foot Project, which represents an excellent template for South-South cooperation and South-North cooperation was launched in 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, and the private sector to realise 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 organisations 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 region, has provided prosthesis free of cost to 1200 persons. In 2015, a 15-month old boy from 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.

told on the sidelines of the event that in today's changing global circumstances, is playing a very crucial and leading role, including in the rehabilitation of the different-abled people.

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

He said that it is a "great honour" for 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 different-abled.

Founder and Chief of BMVSS said Jaipur Foot is the "epitome of frugal" or Gandhian engineering, which involves doing the maximum with the minimum.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 13:20 IST