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    (Total Number of beneficiaries (Limb/Caliper etc.) over 1.55 Million now).

    Special Consultative status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations Organisation (UNO).

    Time Magazine hails


    World's Largest Organisation for Handicapped

    A Rapid-fit LimbCosmetically & Functionally Close to Human Limb

    PERMITS NORMALSitting, Running, Squatting, Climbing, Walking, Swimming, etc.Light and Durable

    As one of the Fifty best innovations of the world for the year 2009



    The idea of setting up the society arose out of a trauma. Shri D. R. Mehta, Founder & Chief Patron of BMVSS met with a serious life-threatening road accident. With his own self-realization and also promptings from the treating orthopedic surgeons, Dr Ganga Ram Purohit and Dr M.M. Bapna, both of Mahatma Gandhi Hospital, Jodhpur, the idea of setting up BMVSS was born.

    Dr. Bapna and Dr. Purohit would later constantly remind Mr. Mehta of the plight of poor patients who had lost their limbs. They asked - where would a poor person losing limb by accident or disease, go to get an artificial limb? Thus in recognition of the need of an institutionalized arrangement for helping such people, BMVSS was set up. Later other Samaritans joined the project.

    Large Number of disabled persons turn up at BMVSS Centres from all over the country

    Sudha Chandran,film actress andBharat Natyamexponent danceswith Jaipur Foot

    GENESISBhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS), Jaipur, an

    NGO, was registered as a Society, under Rajasthan Societies Registration Act 261/1974-75 on March 29, 1975. This was to commemorate 2500th year of Nirvana of Bhagwan Mahaveer, the apostle of Ahimsa and Lord of compassion.

    BMVSS is a purely secular, non-religious, non-governmental, non-political, non-sectarian, non-regional institution, for helping the physically challenged, particularly the financially weak and under-privileged.

    World's largest organisation for the disabled

    1.55 million disabled rehabilitated

    VISIONThe main objective

    of BMVSS is physical, e c o n o m i c a n d s o c i a l r e h a b i l i t a t i o n o f t h e disabled, so that they regain their mobility and dignity, thereby making them normal, self-respecting and productive members of the society.




    According to a sample survey conducted by the Government of India, there are about 10 million people suffering from loco-motor disabilities, of which about one million are those who lost their limbs and another four million people suffer from polio. Even though polio has been eliminated in India now, the demand for calipers for old polio cases continues. Further, loss of limbs is also rampant as a result of accidents, landmine and gunshot victims in war zones and strife-torn areas, diseases (like diabetes burger's) etc. The Mission of BMVSS is to provide limbs, calipers and other aids and appliances to as many of such disabled, as possible, at its centers, and through its outreach programmes and rehabilitation camps.

    BMVSS is also programmed to provide financial and other support for a select few for the economic and social rehabilitation of the disabled, particularly through low-cost quick-maturing livelihood and employment schemes.

    BMVSS is also committed to undertake and promote Research & Development for improving the existing artificial limbs, calipers and other aids and appliances and developing the new ones for to improve the quality and reduce the cost of the devices.

    BMVSS tries to help all categories of disabled. However, its focus is on the poor disabled who remain deprived of limbs, aids and appliances under the existing unaffordable health care system.

    The philosophy of BMVSS is to consider the need of the disabled rather than his capacity to pay.

    In the above-mentioned backdrop, it is the avowed policy of BMVSS to provide artificial limbs, calipers and all other rehabilitation aids and appliances (like wheelchairs, hand-paddled tricycles, crutches, etc) to all its beneficiaries TOTALLY FREE OF COST.

    The second value element of BMVSS is to focus on the self-respect and dignity of the disabled. Even while the assistance is provided free by BMVSS, it is offered as help rather than a dole or charity, which may belittle the dignity of the poor disabled.

    Another critical dimension of the value system of BMVSS is the equality of treatment for all its beneficiaries. Thus the assistance is provided without any gender bias.

    Besides, all its beneficiaries whether Hindus (including scheduled caste and tribes), Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains etc are treated alike. Similarly, no distinction is made on the ground of Geography.

    Miss Senegal Aminata Sau who got Jaipur Foot in a camp in Senegal

    COVERAGEBMVSS is the world's largest organization for the

    disabled. It has so far benefited over 1.55 million disabled.

    BMVSS started in a modest way by providing 59 limbs in 1975. Since, then it has been able to scale its operations significantly. It has grown from strength to strength. In the last decade, annually about 50,000 - 65,000 beneficiaries get various aids and appliances from BMVSS.

    BMVSS, as a humanitarian organization, knows no frontiers. The disabled all over the world are its concern.

    BMVSS is a Pan-India organization serving disabled from all parts of the country from Kashmir to Kerala and Gujarat to Assam.

    BMVSS has 23 branches/centers - at Jaipur (two), seven other branches in Rajasthan as well as branches at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangaluru, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Patna, Gowhati, Indore, Srinagar, Ambala. The details of the branches are at page 12.

    In addition, BMVSS regularly holds on-site field camps outside its centers at various places in different parts of the country to help patients who have financial and physical difficulty in traveling to the centers. Doctors and technicians travel with equipment and materials, sometimes with a mobile van, to these camps. They provide on-the-spot fabrication, fitment and delivery of limbs and other aids and appliances. In a year over 50 such camps are held.

  • A Pakistani beneficiary with Jaipur Foot at a camp in Pakistan


    Besides, BMVSS is an international organization. It has already held more than 50 on-the-spot artificial limb / caliper fitment camp in 26 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America (details at last page). For these camps also, technicians and equipment of BMVSS are sent to the concerned countries. Temporary workshops are setup where artificial limbs are fabricated and fitted. Such camps are supported by the local donors / governments etc.

    In its international footprints of lasting type, BMVSS has helped establish associate centers and joint ventures in a few countries. These centers have often followed the camps. These are as follows:


    1. Mahaveer Philippines Foundation Inc, Manila, Philippines. It is operating three centres in Manila (2) and Zamboanga,

    2. HASWA Artificial Limb fitting centre, Karachi, Pakistan and

    3. National Rural Support Program (NRSP), Islamabad, Pakistan

    4. Mahaveer Seva Sadan, Kolkata

    5. Dr Sankuntla Mishra National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow



    1. Mahaveer K Mina Foundation, Medaline Colombia Further

    2. National Disability Institute, Kabul, Afghanistan,

    3. Global Rainbow Foundation, Mauritius

    BMVSS has helped setup large number of independent Artificial Limb Fitment Centers in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

    BMVSS has been given Special Consultative Status with the Economic & Social Council of the United Nations Organization (UNO).

    A girl with Jaipur Foot atK-Mina Centre in Colombia


    BMVSS has its headquarters at Jaipur (India). The Executive Committee is the highest p o l i c y m a k i n g a n d reviewing body of the BMVSS. It comprises eminent public figures, social workers, medical experts, legal luminaries, retired civil servants, financial specialists and others. BMVSS has a Founder & Chief Patron, President, Executive-President, Vice Presidents, CEO Two Secretaries and Tr e a s u r e r a s o f f i c e bearers.

    Each of the 23 b r a n c h e s / c e n t e r s o f BMVSS has operational flexibility but has to use Jaipur Foot technology and operate under the

    A satisfied Iraqi, who got artificial limb at a camp inBaghdad, Iraqi is admired by others.

    A young Iraqi boy with Jaipur Foottrying to run with Mr. Mehta,

    Founder & Chief Patron, BMVSS

    overall guidance and policies of the Central Executive Committee, apart from following the value system of BMVSS.

    BMVSS has evolved a special sensitive patient-centric management system to deal with large number of beneficiaries who are mostly poor, neglected, underprivileged and often uneducated. The main features of its.

    management system are:

    (1) BMVSS has an open-door policy. Any disabled can visit its Jaipur centre (which receives the highest number of beneficiaries i.e. in excess of 35,000



    BMVSS uses the famous Jaipur Foot. It is the parent body for Jaipur Foot.

    Jaipur Foot is technically distinct from other foot / limb technologies. Jaipur Foot was developed at the S.M.S. Medical College Hospital, Jaipur in 1968 by a group of eminent orthopedic surgeons and highly innovative craftsmen. The subsequent developments in the t