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Zero was invented by Aryabhatta. ● ●
Jaipur Foot

World's Largest Organisation for Handicapped (Total Number of beneficiaries (Limb/Caliper etc.) over 1.2 Million now).

Special Consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations Organisation.


How was it established?

On the occasion of the 2500th death anniversary of Lord Mahaveer, known for his compassion and loving kindness for all, Shri D. R. Mehta envisioned and set up BMVSS in March 1975, as a human welfare organization. This idea of this humanitarian project was born out of a trauma. In 1969 Mr. Mehta had met with a serious car accident in which his leg was crushed. But, despite the ominous forebodings of the surgeons, both his leg and life got saved. Dr. M. M. Bapna and Dr. Ganga Ram Purohit of Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Jodhpur, who were his operating surgeons, would later constantly remind him of the plight of poor patients who in such situations, often lost their limbs. Once the funds could be raised and organizational structure worked out by Mr. Mehta, BMVSS was setup.

Prof. C. K. Prahalad in his book “The Fortune at the Bottom at the Pyramid” has this to say – 
“BMVSS was established in March 1975 by Mr. D. R. Mehta. In the first seven years after the development of the Jaipur Foot in 1968, hardly 50 limbs were fitted. In the first year after the formation of the society, 59 limbs were fitted. Now, the number of limbs fitted every year approaches 16,000. …….If not for the value system and patient-centric management practices followed by BMVSS, Jaipur Foot might have remained on the shelf and in limbo.”
Many social workers, experts and donors were invited to join the society which they gladly did.

Though, the institution is named after Lord Mahaveer in terms of his philosophy treating all are equal, it is totally secular and non-religious and non-sectarian, where patients of all denominations are welcome and given assistance.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur, an NGO, was registered as a Society, under Rajasthan Societies Registration Act  261/1974-75  on March  29, 1975. BMVSS  is  a  purely  secular,  non-religious, non-governmental, non-political, nonsectarian, non-regional institution, for helping the  physically  challenged,  particularly  the financially weak and under-privileged.

The idea of setting up the society arose out of a trauma. Shri D. R. Mehta, Founder & Chief Patron  of  BMVSS  met  with  a  serious  life threatening road accident.

Lately BMVSS signed a formal agreement with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) – premier scientific body of India – to make a foot from Polyurethane’s (PU) – used by them in their rockets and satellites. The research and development wing of BMVSS after making necessary modifications in the design, dies and materials have produced several foot pieces of the new type. These are undergoing field trials and laboratory tests. DOW Chemicals one of the world’s largest chemical and polymer company of the world is also helping us in selection of proper PU material, supply of such material and manufacturing of foot pieces. The initial reactions of users to the new feet is quite positive. This has made the new foot lighter and has improved its cosmoses. Since we are using a computer controlled injection moulding process for making the new foot, the quality is both better and uniform. When the field trials are concluded successfully, this new PU Foot is going to be another breakthrough in limb making technology in the world.

Jaipur Limb which was earlier made of aluminum with open ended socket, is now being made of HDPE with the very advanced Total Contact Socket System.  For this, BMVSS has purchased the an advanced vacuum forming machines from Germany, Because of total contact sockets, the Jaipur limb has a very comfortable stump socks interface. To get the best alignment, BMVSS has married two different alignment systems i.e. wall frame from Endolite Prosthetics, a British Company, and Laser alignment system of Otto Bock Prosthetics, a German Company.

The above knee prosthesis are made with IPOS brims providing ischeal containment sockets – the highly advanced socket system in the world. Apart from BMVSS, this system is being used in India only by one more organizations.
We also have an understanding with the Center of International Rehabilitation (CIR) Northwestern University, Chicago, USA. They have transferred the technology of making total contact socket through sand casting method, which is superior in terms of quality and also takes much less time in making the total contact sockets.
Efforts are also underway for improvement in the design of joints, belts, stump socks etc.


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