Other shortlisted practices 2014

Manufacturing children’s wheelchairs

The organization provides children with wheelchairs which offer special mobility and posture support.

Our unique simple modular designs are inspired by individual children living in diverse regions and our systemic service delivery model is built specifically for use in these unforgiving environments.”

Shona MCDONALD
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Shonaquip
Organisation:Shonaquip Pty and Uhambo the Shonaquip foundation
Country
of origin
South Africa
Beneficiaries targeted Children with physical disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Manufacturing wheelchairs for posture support

FACTS & FIGURES

  • has directly impacted more than 70,000 children
  • has developed from a staff of two in 1992 to over 40 employees
  • awards won: SAB Innovative Design award 2011, Young Social Entrepreneur South Africa 2009

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Children with physical disabilities can develop postural disorders if they are not correctly supported and regularly reviewed. Posture problems, spinal deviation and ulcers can be the consequence.

PROJECT

To prevent postural disorders Shonaquip have manufactured a range of ready-to-assemble products that can be put together on site. Additionally they run seating clinics and community outreach services providing assessment, modifications, fitting, repairs and maintenance. They train/mentor parents, caregivers and professionals and run apprenticeship andskills development programs providing job training opportunities for people with disabilities.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

Shonaquip aims to increase awareness of and access to relevant, appropriate and innovative mobility and positioning solutions through influencing the political system, policy change and research, building collaborative relationships with Government and other stakeholders. As a practical fulfillment of these goals they design, manufacture and provide a range of high-quality adjustable and modular children’s posture support wheelchairs, 24 hour posture support systems and training tools. Raising the awareness of posture problems and influencing disability policies in a positive way are the long term goals of Shonaquip.

Adapting a wheelchair Adapting a wheelchair © Shonaquip

CONTACT

Ms. Shona MCDONALD
Shonaquip
2 Hemyock Road, Plumstead, 7800 Cape Town,South Africa
+27 217978239
shona@shonaquip.co.za
www.shonaquip.co.za/

Nominated by: Shonaquip