Jaipur Foot: Challenging Convention

by: C.K. Prahalad

Publication Date: December 1, 2010
Length: 21 pages
Product ID#: 1-429-145

Core Disciplines: Base of the Pyramid, International Business, Strategy & Management

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With five and a half million amputees, there is an almost overwhelming need for an inexpensive artificial foot/lower limb prosthesis in India. Any solution also has to meet the needs of the Indian lifestyle – walking barefooted, squatting, and sitting cross-legged. With innovative design and use of materials, Jaipur Foot (a non-profit organization) has created a low-cost prosthesis that serves sixteen thousand patients annually, allowing their return to their chosen professions in the fields and cities without loss of income or productivity.