Pass it forward: giving prosthetics a second life
Penta collects used prostheses to bring high quality, low cost prosthetic care to amputees in Vietnam.
Penta was founded in 2015 to bring affordable prosthetic care to Vietnam.
According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 4 million people living with limb disability in Vietnam due to unexploded ordnance - the legacy of decades of war - and a high rate of traffic accidents. More than 95% of these people lack prosthetic care due to the restrictive medical costs and the difficulty of accessing medical centers.
At the same time, thousands of used prosthetic devices are replaced in the U.S. every year. These cannot be resold or reused due to liability and regulatory issues, and so frequently lay unused, although in good condition, once they have been discarded.
At Penta, we believe that these two problems can turn into a single innovative and life-changing solution.
Using partnerships with organizations that share our mission to empower amputees around the world, Penta is able to collect the unused prostheses that build up in homes and clinics in the US and bring them to patients in need in Vietnam. In doing so, Penta sorts out excess inventory, diverts medical waste to where it is needed, and raises awareness in the amputee community about the millions of people around the world who could benefit from receiving a used device today.