Prosthetics Center, Ethiopia

The Prosthetics Orthotics Centre (POC) meets the needs of the disabled in Ethiopia, where war and disease have left large numbers of people immobilized. Based in Addis Ababa, the POC offers a full range of services, including physiotherapy, mobility devices (crutches, braces, wheelchairs, etc), and custom-fitted prosthetic limbs and orthotic leg braces. The POC is also a hub for training medical professionals from dozens of African countries.


Ethiopia’s wheelchair users are currently unable to use public transportation, greatly limiting their mobility and the opportunities available to them.


Thousands of Ethiopians lose limbs every year as a result of war, violence, industrial accidents, and unfound land mines. Many of them will face the loss of their leg in an “above-knee” amputation.

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