India as a natural choice – Mary Werntz’ take on the Makeathon

04 - Feb - 2016

Of the world’s seven billion people, one billion are living with disabilities. Physical disabilities often limit a person’s mobility and dexterity. But beyond these challenges for the individual, physical disabilities impact family members, society and the overall healthcare system. Meeting the complex needs of persons with physical disabilities is a societal responsibility- one that we can all contribute to.

Initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and its partners, the ‘Enable Makeathon’ is a global project aimed at creating new assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural settings- both in India and across the world. For us, India was a natural choice. With its abundance of talent and resourcefulness in generating low cost, high quality “innovations” for end-users we were confident that interesting ideas would emerge. Even more motivating has been the enthusiasm we have encountered from individuals and organisations that have joined us in this journey including, the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities that is partnering with the ICRC.

Read the full article written by Mary Werntz, head of the regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in New Delhi.