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Freedom of mobility

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Our Vision

We imagine a world where everyone has access to high-quality prosthetics

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Who we are

Project Circleg is a Swiss-East African social enterprise endorsing a holistic approach in the development of appropriate lower-limb prosthetic systems for people living in low- to middle-income countries. Locally and readily available plastics are transformed into affordable high-quality prosthetics through innovative circular manufacturing processes.

Why it’s needed

35 – 40 million people worldwide require prosthetic or orthotic care

Today only 1 out of 10 people have access to appropriate assistive products, including prostheses and orthoses. Without access to such products, many individuals in need are confined to their homes and live dependent, excluded lives, increasing the impact of the impairment and disability on the person, family and society.

— World Health Organization (WHO)

80% of people with disabilities live in the global south

Healthcare provision is too often unevenly provided and qualified health professionals are lacking – reducing both quality and quantity of healthcare services while demand remains high. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) highlights the importance of availability and access to affordable, high-quality mobility aids, devices and assistive technologies, including prostheses and orthoses.

— Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

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How we work

We look at the bigger picture

Project Circleg is forging a holistic solution for prosthetic care that focuses on users by design, while taking into consideration both local contexts and corresponding global framework. We care as much about the quality of the prosthetic system as we do about the social challenges and environmental issues associated with it.

Tailoring to user-specific needs

Both amputees and orthopaedic technicians are users of the Circleg prosthetic system. By observing, listening and co-creating, we include their needs, preferences and expectations, respecting their dignity and circumstances.

Considering the local context

The integration of local conditions is essential to the Circleg approach. This condition comprises cultural and societal aspects such as rituals and habits of people, environmental factors including local climate and resource management, in addition to governance aspects such as corporate social responsibility and regulatory compliance.

Aligned with global objectives

Our actions are strongly aligned with global frameworks such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with recommendations for assistive technology provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and with specific recommendations, regulations and standards for prosthetic and orthotic services by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).

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Where we stand

Transforming the vision into reality

All great achievements require time and patience – trusting the process. Project Circleg is in the development phase and constantly improving the Circleg prosthetic system. We plan to start the local production in East Africa by the end of 2022. Support us in this phase or contact us to pre-order the first Circleg Series. Stay tuned and learn more about our latest developments in our monthly newsletter.

Development

2019–2020

Industrialisation

2021–2022

Scale-Up

2022–2024

What people say

«Although it is purely mechanical, I can do almost the same movements as with my high-tech prosthesis.»

— Andre Frei, Cybathlon Pilot and Circleg Ambassador.

«This project is directly touching the life of disabled people in Kenya. We really need it and we very much welcome you.»

— Thadius Mogendi, Chairman of the Lake Naivasha Disability Environmental Group

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What moves us

Driven by impact

Project Circleg addresses the global demand for affordable, high-quality prosthetics holistically with special consideration on economic, social, environmental and governance outcomes. We stand for sustainability and believe in long-term finite resource management as key to success and an engine for innovation and growth. Our organizational values are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Project Circleg contributes to 10 out of 17 SDGs, with a core emphasis on freedom of mobility for disability inclusive development.

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What next

Cybathlon 2020

Cybathlon is a unique international competition in which people with physical disabilities compete against each other to complete everyday tasks using state-​of-the-art technical assistance systems. Project Circleg is a participant in this year’s Global Event and will compete with teams from around the world in autumn 2020.

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