Feature stories

Time magazine, USA (issue of fall 1997):

" People who live inside the world's many war zones from Afghanistan to Rwanda may never have heard of New York or Paris but they are likely to know a town in northern India called Jaipur. Jaipur is famous in strife-torn areas as the birthplace of an extraordinary prosthesis or artificial limb known as the Jaipur Foot, that has revolutionised life for millions of landmine amputees. The beauty of the Jaipur Foot is its lightness and mobility — those who wear it can run, climb trees and pedal bicycles — and its low price."

The Guardian, London (January 17, 2002), and Dawn, Karachi (January 19, 2002): "As aid pours into Afghanistan, a special consignment from India is probably bringing more happiness to Kabul than the rest of the world's cargo combined….The consignment consists of 1,000, pieces of the Jaipur Foot, a prosthesis named after the city where it was developed in 1970. It was taken on a special Indian Air Force plane to Kabul……As goodwill gestures go, it has probably earned India more appreciation than any amount of diplomacy…. Along with the consignment went a team from Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), a Jaipur charity that provides artificial legs for the poor. The Jaipur Foot is a household name among people who live in the world's many war zones. From Afghanistan to Angola, the below-the-knee limb is famous for transforming the lives of millions of landmine amputees."
  • Prof CK Prahlad in his book "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid": Jaipur Foot is the world's largest prosthesis provider, with more than 16,000 prosthetic fittings per year. The charity BMVSS serves more than 60,000 by providing calipers, appliances, and other aids. The functionality of the Jaipur Foot measured against what is available in the United States along more than 20 dimensions, is equal or better. However, the Jaipur Foot costs less than $30 compared to $8,000 for a comparable prosthesis in the United States. In fact, the Jaipur Foot is given free to all. Jaipur Foot is now in more than 16 countries where BOP patients exist, such as Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia, Iraq, Mozambique, Cambodia, Vietnam, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Fiji and Vietnam. BMVSS was established in March 1975 by Mr DR Mehta. In the first seven years after the development of the Jaipur Foot in 1968, hardly 50 limbs were fitted. In the first year after the formation of the society, 59 limbs were fitted. Now the number of limbs fitted every year approaches 16,000. During the time from March 1975 (when BMVSS was established) to March 2003, BMVSS successfully fitted 236,717 limbs in India and 14,070 around the world…. If not for the value system and patient-centric management practices followed by BMVSS, Jaipur Foot might have remained on the shelf in limbo. BMVSS emphasizes a holistic approach to addressing the problems of amputees. The society focuses on not only the medical problems of the underprivileged, but also on the financial and social problems. Jaipur Foot's expenses breakdown for the 2002 fiscal year underscores the efficiency of expenses and underpins the Society's efforts to serve as many patients as possible given its financial resources. Nearly 90 percent of the company's expenses in the 2002 fiscal year was directly related to the cost of producing and fitting prostheses for the poor. Another seven percent of expenses went toward other forms of charitable assistance. Only four percent of its expenditure went towards administrative and overhead expenses.
  • Bimal Jalan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India: "It is a most amazing achievement — a demonstration of what can be achieved in a country by a group of dedicated persons. I have known DR Mehta in different capacities and have worked with him in the government and elsewhere. He did a splendid job wherever he was, but this far exceeds anything else I have ever seen. Thanks a lot for your courtesy."
  • Eliane and Armand Neukermans, eminent US scientist, who connected BMVSS with Stanford: "As we stood among the poorest of the poor in Jaipur, some of them coming there from thousands of miles away, we realized that this was not about fitting limbs, but about restoring dignity to other human beings, and in the process, to ourselves. For it is in giving that we receive. There may be other places in the world where compassion is that tangible, it is just that we had not seen any."
  • Air Chief Marshall OP Mehra, former chief of air staff, Indian Air Force, and former governor of Rajasthan: "This is my second visit during the last week. I have also seen the functioning of the artificial limb centre universally known as the Jaipur Foot. The current state of technology and management under the dynamic leadership of Shri DR Mehta is nothing short of phenomenal. This country needs a plethora of men of Mehtaji's caliber to handle problems of the handicapped, mostly belonging to the lower income groups. I wish this centre unqualified success and a place rated as the best in the world."
  • Monique Sandy, Minister of Cultural Relations, Canada: "All my congratulations and best wishes to the wonderful dedicated team I had the pleasure of meeting today. Your generosity towards the handicapped is moving."

John Bryson, US Secretary of Commerce, addresses amputees on a visit to the BMVSS centre

"I commend you profoundly for the extraordinary humanitarian and extraordinary creative, breakthrough work done here at Jaipur Foot. It does and will further advance welfare here and around our entire global people."

Justice Dalvir Bhandari, Judge at the International Court of Justice, visits the BMVSS centre

"I was deeply impressed by the work of Jaipur Foot carried by the team of DR Mehta. Deserves great appreciation. He is doing true service to humanity."
  • Andrew Maqvire, Appropriate Technology International, Washington, DC, USA: "Absolutely inspiring, physically and spiritually."
  • Lord Gulam Noon, London:"Fantastic humanitarian work. God bless."
  • Dr RP Bernard, Director of Field Epidemiology, IFRP, IFFHR, Geneva, Switzerland: "A successful community involvement project that must surprise even the greatest Western specialist."
  • Daniel O Dell, Unicef, New Delhi: "An achievement that cannot be praised in words."
  • Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur: "A really excellent service to humanity."
  • Rani Vidya Devi of Jaipur royal family, 12 Civil Lines, Jaipur: "Thank you for a humbling experience."
  • Dr RSW Middleton, Sr Consultant and Head of Department of Geriatric Medicine, Leeds University and St James University Hospital, Leeds, UK: "An amazing department and rehabilitation centre."
  • Dr Warner Weiss, Baxreuther STR 26, 8450 Ambere, West Germany: "Really impressed by what I have seen. I believe that here is a way how to help patients in their special social and medical conditions. You can be proud of what you have developed. With best wishes for the future."
  • Dr Mohan Bafna, 35 Fairway Tr, Moreland Hills, OH 44022, USA:"Very noble work — very impressive. Wish all progress."