Since 2003, ALTSO has transformed the lives of more than 17,000 children by providing them with life-changing orthopedic care, such as prosthetic limbs, orthotic braces, and appropriately fitted wheelchairs. Our programs and global reach have grown significantly over the years – from 50 children treated in 2003, to over 1,000 children treated annually - thanks to you!
We work in areas where there is a staggering need due to landmines, violence, and most simply – poverty.
Our partners promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce by hiring persons with disabilities.
From Asia to Africa to Latin America, ALTSO kids are the coolest - not because we say so, but because they say so.
To date, we treated a total of 17,443 children. View our statisitcs to stay updated on our current impact.
Our time in the developing world provides us with unique insight and further perspective of how children with limb disabilities benefit from free orthopedic treatment and rehabilitation.
Our program locations are based on the history and/or current events of the geography, needs assessments, poverty levels and proximity of the local community’s location to an appropriate medical provider. We also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local manufactures and the risk of overlap with the work of international organizations. Our program partners staff local prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair professionals, certified physiotherapists, and support staff, all of whom are best positioned to understand the area, patient population, languages spoken, and identify which locally-available materials are best suited for the terrain, climate and comfort of the patient. Their extensive network allows us to identify some of the neediest children, many of whom live in remote areas and would otherwise go unnoticed – and suffer needlessly.
From Asia to Africa to Latin America, ALTSO kids are the coolest - not because we say so, but because they say so. The goal of this portrait series is to raise awareness and build self-esteem for children with limb disabilities in the developing world. By showcasing their unique personalities, positive attitudes, likes and ambitions, our aim is to provide not only the gift of mobility, but a medium for self-expression and creativity. In doing so, we're helping to remove social stigmas and change the face of disability in the developing world.
Click on a child's portrait to see just how cool they are.
Our Patient Intake Form ("PIF") system seamlessly integrates all information through mobile and desktop platforms in real time. PIF's are submitted on a monthly basis by each program partner for every child who is evaluated and treated using ALTSO's funds and or donated products. PIFs include pertinent patient information, family income level, level of education, diagnosis, treatment provided, cost of services, follow-up procedures, etc.
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100% of our program funds and products are used to provide free orthopedic care to children with limb disabilities in the developing world.