IPT, formerly known as Illini Prosthetic Technologies, Champaign, Illinois, has expanded its focus of providing its Open Socket-technology prosthetic arms to amputees in Guatemala to addressing the needs of transradial amputees in different parts of the world.
Recently, IPT Vice President Ehsan Noursalehi was part of a student group that traveled to India for two weeks, visiting clinics and villages and building contacts there for use of the arms. IPT hopes that existing aid organizations will help with distribution there and in other countries in which it seeks to expand.
In January, former IPT President Jonathan Naber moved to Guatemala, with plans to stay there for 18 months. He will serve as IPT’s field director, directing operations abroad and arranging for long-term validation of the arms with amputees in the field.