In the spring of 2009 the US division of Novo Nordisk, a worldwide healthcare company specializing in diabetes care, contacted IFSHT to donate more than 200 hand dynamometers which had been briefly used in a study. We are also grateful to the American Academy of Family Physicians for their donation of some additional dynamometers. IFSHT in turn donates these dynamometers to countries where dynamometers may not be readily available. They are taken to the countries by hand therapists who are visiting the country and have contact with local therapists.
If you are travelling, for work or leisure, to a part of the world where you feel a dynamometer might be welcome, please contact the IFSHT Secretary General (secretarygeneral[at]ifsht[dot]org) who will try to arrange for a dynamometer for you to take. Currently there are dynamometers held in Australia, Europe and the US to enable easier shipment.
IFSHT dynamometers have been distributed to therapists in Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Haiti, Guatemala, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Vietnam, St. Lucia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Burma, China, Kenya, Ecuador, Estonia, Nicaragua, Mongolia, Sudan, Thailand, Kosovo, the Philippines, South Africa and Zimbabwe. IFSHT also donated dynamometers to Health Volunteers Overseas who send therapists to a variety of countries. In 2013, GICAM (Italian Group of Friends of Hand Surgeons) took an IFSHT dynamometer to Ghana on a hand surgery and hand therapy health care provision trip. Travelling with GICAM, Fimke Donati (on the right in the picture), from Switzerland, uses a dynamometer at St Joseph's Hospital in Koforidue, Ghana. Sanjean Taylor, from Barbados, is seen in this photograph of a newspaper article about her dynamometer delivery from Catherine Reaves.
Gemma Atkinson, OT Student from the UK delivered a dynamometer to a hand therapy clinic in Bangladesh (see photo to the left) and students from the Grand Valley State University students travelled to Zacapa, Guatemala with two dynamometers. A report from this trip is attached below. Megan Blakeway from the UK travelled to Zimbabwe and delivered two dynamometers. A full report including lovely photos is attached below.
IFSHT gratefully aknowledges support from Sudronic Ltd and Handlab for the shipping of dynamometers.