When A Helping Hand Is Needed

Situated in the Obura-Wonenara district the Kassam Orthopedic Services began offering prosthetic services in the country from April 2022. Since then they have helped 20 people in an ascending trend.

Watch the transformation through the video on our Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=443540331174111


Ruben Herman, Prosthetist and Orthotist, with his wife Thea run the Kassam Orthopedic Services. They are a missionaries with EBC based at the O-Wan/Kassam district hospital. Ruben was trained in Germany and Switzerland. Through the support of donations from a church in Switzerland they are able to purchase the materials needed to provide this much needed service in Papua New Guinea.

They can create protheses for the following types of amputations:

Upper Extremities:

  • wrist disarticulation
  • transradial
  • elbow disarticulation
  • transhumeral

Lower Extremities

  • Lisfranc
  • Chopart
  • Hindfoot
  • Syme
  • Transtribial
  • Knee disarticuatiom
  • Transferral (if stump is longer than 20cm from the greater trochanter)

At the moment because of the tremendous support they have from the church they are able to offer prostheses for between K40 – K100 but can only help one patient at a time due to limited bed space availability.

Currently no medical referral letter required but if you, someone you know, is in need of a prosthesis give Ruben or Thea a call/WhatsApp on 7453 3423 .

2 thoughts on “When A Helping Hand Is Needed

  1. Helen Makani November 14, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Any job opportunities in rural Markham area in morobe province png

    • PNGSRRH Society Officer December 7, 2022 at 9:16 pm

      Dear Helen,

      We are not aware of any job opportunities specific to the rural Markham area at present.

      If you are interested in rural health job opportunities beyond the Markham area then please visit our rural hospital page to see some of the facilities in the country that might peak your interest.

      All the best!

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