Affordable Children's Wheelchair

Wheelchairs of Hope is Israeli humanitarian social impact initiative lead by a group of experienced entrepreneurs with a social agenda that has developed , will manufacture and distribute an innovative designed leight weight and durable, children wheelchair oriented toward less developed resources environments.

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About This Innovation

Innovation Stats

Funding Goal ($): 
Innovation Type: 
Potential Lives Impacted: 
7,000,000
Cost Per Unit ($): 

Provide a status update for your Innovation.

time line 2015-2016

Tools production                                                Q3/15
Tests and Standards compliance (DIN 7176)    Q4/15
Production                                                          Q4/15
Deliveries at pilot countries                               Q1/16
Full production and sales                                   Q1/16
Additional sizes( 2)                                            Q3/16
 

How does your innovation work?

About twently million people who require access to wheelchairs do not have it, of which 5 to 7 million of these people are children! 60% of them will not attend primary school! The lack of primary education as a result of this has a significant impact on poverty and independence.
Wheelchairs of Hope is Israeli humanitarian social impact initiative lead by a group of experienced entrepreneurs with a social agenda that has developed , will manufacture and distribute an innovative designed leight weight and durable, children wheelchair oriented toward less developed resources environments.
The new children wheelchair was designed following general guidelines of the professional physiotherapy team of “ALYN”, Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Jerusalem and follows the existing standards as well as UN- WHO guidelines and features a durable plastic seat and foot rest. The first model to be launched will fit children on the ages of 5 to 9 years to be followed by additional sizes.

The product:
To provide proper fit and postural support & to meet the most common needs
• Light weight - less than 10 kg. for size 5 to 8 years
• Innovative and attractive design
• Easy assembly with low maintenance
• Cost effective adjustability
• To comply with ISO 7176  and WHO guidelines.
• Delivered cost - $100
The mentioned children wheelchair is part of a comprehensive solution that will provide training to local teams on how to adapt and use wheelchairs for first-time users. The training sessions will be scheduled to take place at the ALYN facilities where decades of experience are available.

Our enterprise approach and wide experienced business orientation  combined with our social impact agenda allows us to scale up the model in a very cost-effective way to produce and distribute the children wheelchairs at a very competitve price,  arriving to most of the third world countries

References:

(*) WHO & Worldbank,2011- World report on disability. World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland.

(**) A comparison between persons with no schooling and persons with six years of schooling reveals a gap of  US$440  to US$1,100. - from The Social and Economic Impact of Illiteracy: Analytical Model and Pilot Study – UNESCO
 

What is your strategy for expanding use of your innovation?

At an advanced stage,( 2017-18)  in order to make it a more sustainable initiative and scaling the model, Wheelchairs of Hope duplicate the model to key countries.

Next Steps

getting funds in the form of grants or additional partner to allow mass production and distribution , development of two additional sizes and future scaling.

Discuss

Hi Pablo. I believe you would be eligible for this funding source from USAID . It appears that non-US-based businesses are eligible and grant amounts can be quite large (up to $15m). Good luck.

http://www.globalinnovationexchange.com/funding/div-open-grant-competiti...

- Mike