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Inauguration of Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment camp

Jan 26, 2023

On the occasion of 74th Republic Day of India, The Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment camp was inaugurated on 26th January 2023 at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Beirut. This camp has been generously sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs of India under its ‘India for Humanity’ programme and is being implemented by Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur. BMVSS (Jaipur Foot) is the world’s largest organisation for rehabilitation of lower limb handicapped persons.

Mr. Majdi Ramadan representing Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Joseph El Helo representing Minister of Public Health, Colonel Nadim Kakoun representing Lebanese Armed Forces, Dr. Jihad Saadeh, Chairman of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital graced the occasion. Members from partner associations, namely, Elite Center of culture and education Tripoli, Dar El Handasah, El Khalil Foundation, Rotary club were present at the inauguration ceremony.

Mr. Joseph El Helo thanked the Indian Government for helping the handicapped persons of Lebanon and lauded the work done by the Indian government. He hoped this collaboration will continue in future. Dr. Jihad Saadeh highlighted the need of such projects in Lebanon and acknowledged the efforts of Jaipur Foot organization and the Government of India. Shri Sandeep Grover, Charge d’Affairs stressed the importance India attaches to its long-standing ties with Lebanon and said that he was very happy that it was the first Jaipur Foot camp being inaugurated on India’s Republic Day which has a special significance. On behalf of BMVSS, Ambassador Mehta offered to train Lebanese technicians in Jaipur Foot technology and provide technical support to help Lebanon set up a permanent centre. He thanked the Government of India for its generous help in assisting the handicapped persons in over 20 countries in the last few years.

Senior dignitaries saw the limb-making process and expressed admiration that a perfect-fitting limb could be made in a day. They handed over custom-made Artificial limbs to some handicapped persons of Lebanon.

‘India for Humanity’ programme was launched to commemorate the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi in 2018 by late External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajji. Under this programme more than 10,000 handicapped persons over 40 countries in Asia, Africa and Pacific Islands have already been rehabilitated, exemplifying India’s belief in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam -the world is one family.

BMVSS had earlier conducted 4 camps in Lebanon between 2006-2008 with the support of UNIFIL at which 381 limbs were fitted.

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