LOCATION: Selangor and Cheras, Malaysia | PROJECT LAUNCHED: 2016
- Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia Section, Malaysia)
- Kuala Lumpur Rehabilitation Hospital
PROJECT OVERVIEW & UPDATES
Representatives from the IEEE Malaysia Section supported humanitarian efforts by designing and developing a cost-effective upper extremities rehabilitation system which includes an interactive element and other smart features for children with movement disorders such as Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity. The smart features of the system incorporate a real-time display of the physical parameters to be observed in the rehabilitation of these children, as proposed by therapists, including cranking speed and force exerted. This real-time display is then supplemented with animation in order to encourage continued movement of the limbs.
The idea first originated when it became apparent that non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were in need of an affordable and accessible physical rehabilitation system for children, since most of these centers only have adult-sized equipment. In addition, these NGOs are primarily funded by public donations and, as such, operate with limited financial resources. This means that provisions for such equipment are essentially out of reach to them.
The Malaysia Section, comprised of several enthusiastic engineers, came up with a homemade solution that could be offered free of charge to two centers in particular: the Spastic Children’s Association of Selangor & Federal Territory (SCASFT) and the Home for Special People, Cheras. The goal of the project was not only to aid physically challenged children, especially those between the ages of two and seven, but also to provide a great outreach opportunity for both high school and university students to make a social contribution to communities in need.