Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti Current Affairs - 2020

India for Humanity-Jaipur Foot event organised at US Capitol building

India for Humanity-Jaipur Foot event was recently organised at United States Capitol building to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It was jointly by Indian Embassy and Jaipur Foot USA.

About India for Humanity initiative

It was launched by Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in October 2018 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and honour of his service to humanity. Under it, artificial limb fitment camps are held across different countries identified through missions with financial support of Central government (MEA).

Objective: To provide physical, socio-economic rehabilitation of differently-abled around world by helping them regain their mobility and dignity to become self-respecting and productive members of society. It is based Father of Nation-Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of compassion, caring and service to humanity.

Implementation: For this initiative, MEA has collaborated with renowned charitable organisation Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), the parent body of Jaipur Foot. So far, BMVSS has conducted 78 camps in 33 countries under this programme, with the sanctions of the Government of India, fitting total of 5152 limbs in these camps.

About Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS)

It is non-profit organization founded by Devendra Raj Mehta in 1975. It famously known by its trademark limb ‘Jaipur Foot’. It is world’s largest non-profit organization for handicapped in terms of fitment of artificial limb, calipers etc and providing ambulatory aids like wheel chairs, and other aids and appliances totally free of cost without any geographical, gender or community bias. It has served more than 1.8 million amputees in India and other parts of the world.

Jaipur Foot Korea: launched by Korean Ambassador to India

Bong-kil Shin, South Korean Ambassador to India launched Jaipur Foot Korea, a collaborative initiative between South Korea (or Republic of Korea) and Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), a Jaipur-based prosthetic limb non-profit organisation.

Key Highlights

Republic of Korea (ROK) ambassador to India signed an agreement with BMVSS for providing assistance in prosthetic limbs sector.

Agreement: Under the agreement ROK will provide financial and technical assistance to further research and development (R&D) collaboration, technology transfer and facilitate and develop business between India and Korea in med-tech (medical technology) sector specifically in area of prosthetic limbs, bionic arms, 3-D printing-based Flat foot solution and mobility solutions.

Significance

The Korean ambassador emphasised that the agreement signed will open up access to Korean med-tech students to join various prosthetic fitment camps in various countries and participate in certificate programmes offered by Jaipur Foot.

The agreement will also open up many opportunities for overseas development assistance and grants from Government of ROK and donations from several private institutions and corporations from Korea to India.

About Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti

BMVSS is the world’s largest organisation rehabilitating more than 1.78 million disabled. It is a pan-Indian organisation having over 23 branches across country.

It provides all its assistance, such as artificial limbs, calipers and many other aids/appliances with everything being totally free of charge.

It was registered as a society under Rajasthan Societies Registration Act on March 29, 1975 with its headquarters at Jaipur (India).

About Jaipur Foot

It is a lightweight and durable prosthetic limb/artificial limb.

It is a rubber-based prosthetic leg for people with below-knee amputations

Being inexpensive it is widely acceptable as prosthesis and has been widely used in India.