Created by German designer Benjamin Heirich of Neo Design, One Togo is a novel new prosthetic leg aimed specifically for use by children and teens in Togolese Republic in West Africa. The prosthesis responds to the need for cheap, functional and durable artificial limb designs that can cater to people in the region without costing a bundle or requiring too much maintenance, much like the famed Jaipur Leg that is manufactured in India.
The durable construction of the artificial limb is developed for longevity. A durable construction is a pre-requisite for people in this nick of the woods. The design of the prosthetic leg is flexible and can be adjusted by 8 cm along the lower leg as well as the thigh which lets it be expanded as children grow. Modular parts allow the design to be better maintained by replacing parts or damaged portions.
The metal and wood construction further allows the artificial limb to be produced locally in workshops with easily available materials. The sole of the foot is cushioned with rubber from a discarded bicycle tire that lets the foot better grip the walking surface. The symmetrical shape of the foot helps in keeping the cost of the production and storage of these units low as well.
The prosthetic leg can prove to be quite a boon for people with disabilities in the third world. Since it can be produced locally for less than 30 euro a piece, it can also be made available by government and non-government agencies to the people in need without incurring a significant financial burden.