The Low Cost Prosthesis project aims at developing a lower leg prosthetic with production costs below $50. An important cause, because the need for prostheses is growing and the costs are often high. Due to the increasing rate of amputations, there is an ever-growing demand for prosthetic limbs.
In developing countries like Indonesia and India, the lack of basic public health often leads to diabetes, gangrene, and infection. Furthermore, poverty causes a lack of nutrition for babies which leads to unhealthy situations. In war-torn countries such as Cambodia, Iran, and Afghanistan, 80 to 85 percent of amputees are land mine survivors. Other causes of amputation in developing countries include industrial or environmental accidents and terrorist attacks. All of these causes are adding to the number of amputations at an alarming rate (Berry, 2001).