Press conference for the free prosthesis programme

The Chee Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society will embark on its initiative to help amputees get the necessary prosthesis to walk again.

The project which was started in 2007 takes place every three years.

The aim of the programme is to improve the lives of amputees and to empower them to regain their mobility and independence.

The Free Prostheses Programme was supposed to be held in 2022 but was postponed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The next event will be held next year in conjunction with the society’s 70th anniversary.

Present to announce the event and call for applicants was society president Dato Sim Ah Chye, advisor and organising chairman, Dato’ Seri Ng Tee Soo, Dato’ Seri’ Ooi Soo Hing, Choong Yit Chuan and Ng Soke Moay.

Over the years, the programme has assisted more than 1,000 individuals from the underprivileged and handicapped community irrespective of race or religion.

It is also note worthy that the Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. the Princess Mother of Thailand provides technical support and advice.

They will again provide technical assistance and advice for this programme whereby artificial legs will be custom-made and donated to the disabled free of all charges. 

The Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. the Princess Mother of Thailand functions as a mobile clinic and prosthesis factory, which consists of physicians, medical personnel and technicians. Trucks are used to carry the necessary tools, equipment, machines and materials for the design and making of prostheses. 

They use simplified process with limited means to complete the design and custom-making of prostheses by using the cheapest but durable materials within the shortest time. The whole process of measuring and designing the prostheses, making plaster mould, forming plastic prostheses, fixing parts and joints, and achieving a finished prosthesis are completed on site.

The Thailand Prostheses Foundation not only dispatch its mobile clinic unit to
Penang, Malaysia to set up a comprehensive prosthetic limb workshop but will
also provide educational sessions to amputees and their families on how to
care for their residual limbs and maintain the prosthetics.

Meanwhile, the society targets to provide 200 artificial legs to those in need regardless of their subject to the manpower limitation of The Prostheses
Foundation of H.R.H. the Princess Mother of Thailand.

Che Hoon Khor Moral Uplifting Society takes up the challenge of bearing all expenses required by the staff of The Prostheses Foundation of H.R.H. the
Princess Mother of Thailand while they are in Penang.

They will also reimburse them all cost in the making of prostheses. The cost for this project is estimated to be RM700,000.

Needy members of the public who are in need of prostheses, including those who obtained free prostheses under the same programme organized in 2016 and 2019 but required immediate repairs can register at the soceity’s secretariat before the deadline December, 12, 2023.

Call 04-226-7248 for more details.