In 2013 alone, 2666 patients underwent orthopedic procedures and operations at the West Visayas State University - Medical Center (WVSU-MC) and 92% of those were service cases. Among those service cases, approximately 23% required ambulatory assistive devices in the form of crutches, walkers or wheelchairs. The assistive devices not only aid walking but also promote proper recovery of their fractured or diseased pelvis, thigh, knee, leg, ankle and foot.
These devices are widely available but indigent patients cannot afford them. As a result, their recovery is delayed or compromised.
This is unfortunate because many residents in the city have these devices just lying around the house or stored in a closet somewhere. Oftentimes, they are discarded or lost to memory after the owners complete their recovery. This simple realization helped give birth to Project Walk.
Project Walk lends out crutches, walkers and wheelchairs to poor orthopedic patients in need of them. A loan agreement is signed by the patient-beneficiary that enjoins him to care for the device and return it upon his recovery so that it can be lent out to the next patient. The program currently operates at West Visayas State University- Medical Center, Orthopedic Ward. It is an Initiative of the Global Shapers Community - Iloilo Hub.