With the Majicast ready for international export in Q4 2018, and a blue print that shows how to sustainably operate an orthopedic clinic in a rural area, we are investment ready. Bill Gates promised when we met him in 2016, to connect us to relevant organisations. We are still hoping for a follow-up, and otherwise we would like to hear from you in case you are interested in supporting us!
In May 2017, we demonstrated the Majicast at the ISPO Conference in South Africa. In Colombia, small orthopedic clinics told us about the time consuming paperwork; the law asks them to fill in over 10 different types of forms for each patient. As a consequence, we have developed an app in order to help prosthetic clinicians to follow protocols for patient treatment and for production of devices. In the same time, we continue to develop ingredients for our blue print for orthopedic clinics. We are supporting an orthopedic clinician to open a clinic in Colombia in a rural area in april 2018.
Financial support from Google.org supported us to further develop our services for clinicians to open their own clinic in a rural area, and at the same time, to optimize our products; the Majicast and our liners. In collaboration with Laboratorio Gilete in Bogotá, we organised a demonstration in May 2016. Several people attended from orthopedic clinics, physiotherapists and education institutes. In the meantime, people in the Netherlands and the UK started using the Majicast-sockets.
We learned that the prosthetic socket was the only handcrafted element, most time-consuming to produce and most risk-involving part of a prosthesis. It connects a the prosthesis to a person's limb and is therefore crucial for walking comfortably. Then we came across Arjan Buis, dr. at the University of Strathclyde and his ideas for the Majicast; a casting device for use by orthopaedic specialists to capture the shape and volume of lower residual limbs perfectly - in only 5 minutes time.
This dream became our new endeavour to make it a reality. We started exploring the stakeholders; potential customer segments, potential partners, government bodies, NGOs, health care companies, peers, people in need of assistive devices. We got to know about cases when amputees had to wait up to 2 years before they got a prosthesis. Some even didn't get theirs at all. This helped us to better to identify opportunities for improvement.
It all started with a dream. A dream that everyone has the right to be included in society. A dream to increase access to prosthetic care, also for amputees in low-income economies. This dream was born when one of ProPortion’s team members, Merel, lived in Colombia and understood it was one of the countries with the highest number of landmine victims worldwide.