Indian camps

BMVSS also holds on-the-spot Limb/Caliper fitment camps in foreign countries. This is done at the instance of either the government of that country or the Government of India or some donors. For these camps too, teams of doctors and technicians are sent by BMVSS to the determined locations along with equipment and materials.

The technicians are sent by air and mostly the equipments and materials by ship. In these cases also, temporary work shops are set up by the teams sent by BMVSS at the locations already identified. The local organisers bring the patients to the camp sites. The limbs/calipers are fabricated and fitted to the patients in one to three days.

As of date, BMVSS has held over 50 camps in the following 26 countries:
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Dominican Republic
  • Honduras
  • Indonesia
  • Malawi
  • Nigeria
  • Nepal
  • Nairobi
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Somalia
  • Trinidad
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe
  • Sudan
  • Lebanon
  • Zambia
  • Pakistan
  • Iraq
  • Sri Lanka
  • Senegal
  • Fiji
  • Liberia
Click here for the detailed list of camps. These camps are highly appreciated. In a common article serialised both in the Guardian, London (January 17, 2002) and Dawn (January 19, 2002), the following comments appeared on the third camp of BMVSS in Afghanistan held soon after the change of the Taliban Government: "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 1000 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 limbs 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."

Patients of these camps convey their appreciation for the Jaipur Limbs due to their functional efficiency as well as for the expeditious manner in which they are fitted.

Very often, the success of these camps are followed by the setting up of permanent centers for the fitment of Jaipur Foot/Limbs. For example, in Pakistan, after the two camps held by BMVSS in 2007 – in Islamabad and Karachi – the locals expressed their demand to establish permanent centers. BMVSS deputed its team again, a smaller one this time, to train the local technicians in Pakistan for a few months. Finally two permanent centers – one in Karachi and another in Islamabad – were set up by the local organisations. Between the two centers, the organisation has fitted more that 10,000 limbs in Pakistan.

Many countries with BMVSS presence have similar stories to tell.


Jaipur Footprints all over the world