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cbm Canada Supports Innovation to Improve Access to Mobility Devices

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How 3D printing supports orthopaedic clinicians

18-year-old Leakhena

18-year-old Leakhena receives her first 3D-printed below-the-knee prosthetic socket as part of a clinical study by Nia Technologies Inc. and the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics. © 3D PrintAbility Clinical Study, Phnom Penh, August 2016.

A year ago, cbm Canada founded a social enterprise called Nia Technologies Inc. (Nia) to help increase access to high-quality, affordable mobility devices in low-income countries. Nia uses 3D printing and other technologies to produce custom mobility devices such as below-the-knee prosthetic sockets, ankle-foot orthoses, and leg braces for children and youth with lower-limb disabilities.

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Pray for Haiti’s most vulnerable

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Stouffville, Ontario, October 5, 2016
Hurricane Matthew slammed into Haiti then Cuba yesterday with 230 kph winds, triggering major floods and forcing thousands to flee their homes.

cbm has staff, co-workers and projects in both of these countries. Stefan Doffel is our Regional Director for Latin America – “We are in contact with our colleagues and partners in Cuba and Haiti… There are reports of people dead in the affected areas, and in Port-au-Prince where we have our Community based Projects, children with disabilities and their families are reported to look for shelters. We are very concerned!”

Please join us as we pray for the safety and well-being of those who have been affected by the storm. May the Lord watch over them all, especially the most vulnerable children and adults who are living with disabilities.

cbm Canada is a registered charity giving hope and healing to children and families caught in the cycle of poverty and disability.

cbm Canada – Because no one should be forgotten

Media Contact:
Beth Jost-Reimer
bjreimer@cbmcanada.org
905.640.6466, x 241
800.567.2264

Ottobock donates 7 skids of medical equipment to cbm

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Stouffville, Ontario, October 5, 2016
cbm Canada, is so grateful to Ottobock Canada for their donation on September 30th, 2016 of more than 7 skids of medical supplies, mobility devices such as wheelchairs, transport strollers and early intervention therapy equipment, to help children living in poverty with disability.

Ottobock Canada’s Lauren Cassa, said, “They [cbm] bring these children medical devices that allow them to have independence and mobility in their lives. Sometimes these children can’t even go to school because they have no mobility equipment to do so and then they are left behind in life. And we think that’s very unfair.”

Ed Epp, Executive Director at cbm Canada shared, “We know from our 100 plus years of experience that when children living in the world’s poorest countries can’t walk, they miss out on so much of life. Most of them never get the chance to go to school. Too often they’re left behind by friends. Their world just keeps getting smaller. By donating medical items that will help kids move, play, learn, Ottobock is making a difference that will last a lifetime.”

cbm Canada is a registered charity giving hope and healing to children and families caught in the cycle of poverty and disability.

cbm Canada – Because no one should be forgotten

Media Contact:
Beth Jost-Reimer
bjreimer@cbmcanada.org
905.640.6466, x 241
800.567.2264

cbm Canada forms Nia Technologies to Help Children

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TORONTO, Canada – December 4cbm Canada – a world leader in serving people living with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world – announces the formation of Nia Technologies Inc. (http://niatech.org) and the appointment of Jerry P. Evans as Nia’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Nia is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is developing and deploying 3D-printed prosthetic and orthotic solutions in the developing world (known as “3D PrintAbility”). “Nia” means “purpose” in Swahili, and Nia Technologies’ mission is to use technology for a higher purpose.

In response to the massive need for prosthetic appliances among the poorest children of the world, cbm Canada initiated a partnership with the University of Toronto and Autodesk Research. “We were looking for a way to make faster and better prosthetics in rural Africa,” says Ed Epp, Executive Director of cbm Canada. “We figured 3D printing technology could give us huge gains in efficiency. That’s how 3D PrintAbility was born.”

Epp explains, “We decided to launch Nia as a separate enterprise, because we believe that developing innovative technologies to equip hospitals in poorer countries requires the full attention of a governance board and a leadership team. And it needs the nimbleness of a dedicated entity. It’s about using technology to help more people with better services.”

Nia has conducted clinical evaluations at CoRSU hospital in Uganda and anticipates additional clinical trials elsewhere to ensure that its prosthetic and orthotic solutions are safe, effective and efficiently built from durable, high-quality materials.

Evans reports, “Roseline, a four-year-old Ugandan girl, was Nia’s first patient. She was born without a right foot. Roseline now wears a 3D-printed prosthetic socket manufactured using Nia’s 3D PrintAbility solution. Roseline can walk, run and play alongside other children for the first time in her life.”

In addition to providing prosthetic sockets, Nia is planning to extend its clinical trials and product offerings to include ankle-foot orthoses (AFOs), for which there is considerable need in the developing world.

The World Health Organization estimates that there is a global shortage of 40,000 trained prosthetists, and there are millions of children in desperate need of prosthetic and orthotic assistance. Evans states, “Nia’s 3D PrintAbility materially increases the productivity of today’s prosthetists, enabling them to reach more children facing daily challenges of poverty and disability, which all too often co-exist in the developing world.”

cbm Canada is a registered charity giving hope and healing to children and families caught in the cycle of poverty and disability.

cbm Canada – Because no one should be forgotten

Media Contact:
Beth Jost-Reimer
bjreimer@cbmcanada.org
905.640.6466, x 241
800.567.2264

Nia Technologies is a Canadian not-for-profit social enterprise that develops and deploys prosthetic and orthotic solutions in the developing world.

Nia Technologies Inc. – Technology For a Higher Purpose

Media Contact:
Jerry P. Evans
media@niatech.org