BAMBOO & RATTAN CRUTCH FOR AFRICA

Designer
Prize1st Place in Design For Society / Eco-Sustainable Design
Entry Description

The Bamboo and Rattan Crutch is specially designed to address mobility issues in Africa by giving people the power to easily construct crutches with sustainable, local material. This project was born when I broke my leg. During my material research for redesigning sustainable crutches I found that there is a strong need for crutches in third world countries (especially African countries) due to birth defects, accidental maiming, landmines, various parasites, etc. In light of this need, I came up with the idea to use local cheap and sustainable material rattan and bamboo to produce low cost, easily constructed crutches that are accessible to impoverished inhabitants of third world countries. Bamboo when harvested becomes a very sturdy material while Rattan, a thinner stalk, remains relatively flexible. This crutch is simple and cheap to produce, easily adjustable, comfortable to use, lightweight and stable.