Artificial Limbs Centre (ALC) Rawalpindi
The Artificial Limbs Centre is also the largest such centre in the country. On the average it provides over 7,500 artificial limbs and supporting appliances every year, approximately one-third of which go to non-Beneficiaries on cost price basis. Ex-servicemen, their families, and those eligible for zakat, get them free of cost.
Since 1966, when this centre came under Fauji Foundation, it has provided 199,208 artificial limbs and related appliances to patients, besides having done repair work on another 78,583.
After the earthquake of 8th October, 2005, the Artificial Limbs Centre played a major role in the provision of prostheses and orthoses to the injured. By fitting 259 prostheses and orthoses, it made the largest single contribution to this effort. In collaboration with the ICRC (the International Committee of the Red Cross), it is also carrying out a reach-out programme, through which about 51 patients have so far been provided with artificial limbs and supports.
As part of an MOU between Fauji Foundation and ICRC, polypropylene technology (2nd generation Swiss) is also available with the ALC. The production of Third Generation Artificial Limbs is also underway.
A new purpose-built building for the ALC, having a covered area of 37,500 sq.ft has been built in the same vicinity, at an initial budgeted cost of Rs. 105 million.