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The multifunctional glove for holding

People with injuries to radial nerves, brachial plexus, hemiplegia due to stroke, and cervical spinal cord injury often have difficulties in stretching the wrist, which results in troubles with daily activities.

Number of vote: 798

Special pen

Trang, an officer of the Center for Sustainable Health Development (VietHealth), has worked with children with disabilities and seen lots of difficulties, particularly for children with cerebral palsy. One of the main challenges for this group of children is holding a pen to write when they reach school age.

Number of vote: 355

PVC hand

Hoa is studying at a medical university in Hai Duong city. She works with many patients who lose their right hand, which is a big challenge for their daily life activities. They have to lean on their family in feeding, writing and others.

Number of vote: 308

Colouring circle

Children with autism at school age can be distracted when looking at coloring books or reading textbooks. They don’t look at the picture when coloring them. Ms. Thuy helps her child with a simple solution. She creates circles of different sizes on a transparent plastic/mica sheet (7 x 10 cm). When the child starts coloring, we put the plastic sheet on the picture and ask the child to color only inside the circle(s).

Number of vote: 241

Assistive kitchen utensils set

The mechanics and the plumbers cannot do their jobs without professional tools. The chefs and the women keen on cooking also equip themselves with various professional utensils. Doctor Chau and his colleagues in Dong Nai General Hospital upgrade the kitchen utensils, including spoons, whisk, strainer, spatula… for their women patients with special and professional gear. These advanced utensils allow the patient to use their weak hand when cooking with safety.

Number of vote: 295

Adaptive bra

Ms. Lan, an Occupational therapist, working with Viet-Nam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) organization shared with us an adaptive bra for women who have hemiplegia and have difficulties in wearing. This bra was adapted for women with special needs by replacing elastic (waist) band for the regular lock which is the challenge for wearing.

Number of vote: 239

Wall brush

Handwashing is a regular activity with everybody, but it can be a challenge for patients after stroke, raumatic brain injury with hemiplegia or amputated people. How to wash your hand (not hands)? Mr. Sy and his colleagues from Ha Noi have the answer to this issue.

Number of vote: 1146

Homemade walking frame

Nam’s brother got a traumatic brain injury from an accident. His brother’s limbs are fragile, and unable to walk on his own. The doctors ask the family to help the patient practice walking every day to improve his health and regain mobility.

Number of vote: 216

Feeding Devices #5

Thanks to the inventors, we have received many feeding devices for people with disabilities. Each invention brings us a surprise because they are made from simple materials that can be easily found in families.

Number of vote: 233

Walloom (Wall-boom)

To help people with quadriplegia and mobility constraints to easily transit between a bed and a wheelchair, Ms. Thuy from Hanoi creates a homemade electric crane to lift the body up and down. This “robot arm” is built from the main components: a boom firmly fixed on the wall closing the bed and an electric cylinder with a remote.

Number of vote: 191

Feeding Device (Spoon) #4

To help people with quadriplegia, hand weakness, cerebral palsy who have difficulties with their daily meals, Mr. Chung, living in Dong Anh district- Hanoi city, innovates the spoon to ease the users.

Number of vote: 206

Velcro pen

Ms. Hang is an occupational therapist Cho Ray Hospital (HCM city). Her patients with stroke, limb injuries, burns cannot hold objects properly with limitations in hand motors. They wish they can use a pen and get back to their work after being discharged from the hospital. So, Hang creates a device to support using pen, thanks to her university’s knowledge acquainted. This device supports them holding a pen to write with fingers flexed/extended or with the thumb partially.

Number of vote: 176

Bed robe

Mr. Hoang Thanh has been with illness for the past few years. His limbs are getting weaker. He is unable to sit up on his own. Every day his caregiver has to help him in positioning. So, Mr. Thanh has devised a device to assist himself in sitting up from a lying position. When he wants to sit up, he will grab the rope and pull it. So, with this device, his caregiver needs to give a little more support with his back.

Number of vote: 179

Stick and hanger

Ms. Tho, a student in Rehabilitation- University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, realizes that people with mobility constraints and wheelchair users have limitations with laundry and reaching objects in the higher place.

Number of vote: 172

Feeding devices #3

Ms. Hue - a therapist in Thanh Hoa province - usually works with upper limb motor impairment patients. They face difficulties in holding objects and use chopsticks during their meals. She makes herself many assistive devices to help her patients (re)gaining daily life functions.

Number of vote: 443

Phone Holder

Nhat Anh, 14 years old, is with cerebral palsy. He spends hours a day with his phone to surf the web. Nhat Anh has difficulties with holding objects. With his family's support, Nhat Anh has made a base for his phone that helps using the phone when lying down on the floor and easy to move around in his house.

Number of vote: 176

Foot bands

Studying at the hospital and working with patients, Phuong Lien, a student of the Rehabilitation Department, Hai Duong Medical Technical University, observed that many patients with muscular weakness or walking with foot drop affected ankle joints, knees, hips, spine and gait. So, Ms. Lien has developed a homemade product that can support that drooping foot to a position perpendicular to the shin, thereby improving gait problems, walking function for patients. And the patient will also be more confident when walking and participating in daily life activities.

Number of vote: 222

Improved wheelchair

Great-grandmother (80-year-old) of Mr. Cuong could not move around after an accident. After researching devices to assist in mobility of people with impairments, Mr. Cuong found that they were all unsuitable due to their high price, large size - not suitable for indoor space. Mr. Cuong decided to make his own electric wheelchair with remote control with the price of only 1/5 of the wheelchair on the market.

Number of vote: 274

Walking Bar

Muscle-strength exercises for muscle atrophy, bones, joints, and balance are important for people with mobility difficulties. Mr. Vang in Quang Tri has created a parallel walking bar for his son, who has a weakness with his legs, from localmaterials available at home.

Number of vote: 182

Seat tube

Many wheelchair users, who spend many hours sitting, face potentially dangerous secondary conditions like sores or pressure ulcers. Mr. Thang, a wheelchair user from Quang Tri province, has an invention to avoid the pressure ulcers. He improved the surface of the wheelchair seat with an inner tube.

Number of vote: 244

Legless chair (chair without legs)

We are very impressed with the invention introduction sent by the authors. So here it is: …We (students specializing in Physiotherapy - University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City) experienced clinical physiotherapy practice at a remote commune in Binh Phuoc province.

Number of vote: 293

Floor board

A standard wheelchair might not be not good enough with the special needs of people who are unable to use because of upper limb weakness. Mr. Su made for his son a board to help the boy moving inside the house independently. The advantage of this board is the hight (less than 7 cm) that allow the boy transfer to the floor easily and avoid falling down.

Number of vote: 336

Pen on hand

Have you ever tried using a pen without your thumb? It isn't easy. People who have deformed their finger(s) or have poor motor functions with their hands face challenges when using a pen. To help them overcome this problem, Mr. Tuan (a lecturer at Hai Duong Medical Technical University) has improved a pen so it can be clamped onto the hand and work out with the least effort.

Number of vote: 818

Assistive Drinking Devices #2

Many people face difficulties when their fingers are with spasticity. Holding a cup for drinking can be a usual challenge for them. Mr. Tuan, a lecturer at Hai Duong Medical Technical University, has created an assistive device for people with special needs to help using their cups. This feeding device is a cup holder with two rubber straps to tight the cup. The handle of the cup is shaped with bigger form that supports the deformed fingers.

Number of vote: 795

Homemade cycling device

Doing exercises every day is vital in (re) gaining the functions and daily life activities among the person with disabilities. However, (physiotherapy) exercise equipment for the lower limb is not affordable for many people. Mr. Duc from Cam Lo district (Quang Tri province) made himself a training bike for his sister with low-cost solutions.

Number of vote: 326

Feeding devices #1

The assistive devices for people who lost the upper limb can be expensive or unavailable in the local markets. The non-professional and DIY productions need inspiration from the rehabilitation and ergonomics experts. Mr. Tuan, a rehabilitation professional from Hai Duong city, makes an assistive device for people with special needs. This feeding device includes two components: the cup holder with two rubber bands and the Velcro straps.

Number of vote: 771