Hi Shabir Ian from Motivation here- Thank you for your question. Looking at your idea, looks like we are coming from the same place as you regarding supporting people with mobility needs – links to my reply to OpenIDEO that providing a wheelchair or a trike is only one part of the whole jigsaw of enabling users to live a full life and access work, education and their communities! In terms of cost of our trikes, for all the wheelchairs we design keeping costs low has to be one of our priorities along with durability and performance. Our current trike is essentially a wheelchair chassis with a trike attachment and is $350, our new trike design would be developed solely as a trike and as such the cost would be reduced. All our wheelchairs and trikes are ISO tested and meet the ‘World Health Organisation Guidelines on the Eight Steps on the provision of manual wheelchairs in less resourced settings’ and so have a lot of adjustability and are robust. Also our wheelchairs and trikes are provided to the users either free of charge or through means testing.
Hi @shabirhussain I work for Motivation, an NGO specialising in appropriate wheelchairs and wheelchair provision, and I was really interested to hear about your project! It is great to hear that you will be linking with government agencies. Motivation has worked with several wheelchair services in the Peshawar region to deliver training in different types of World Health Organization training in appropriate wheelchair provision. Some of these institutions include, Akbar Kare Institute, Paraplegic Centre, Peshawar, and PIPOS Rehabilitation Service, Peshawar. I wonder if it might be useful to link up with them? Do let me know if I can provide more details and good luck!
@OpenIDEO Please find in the attachments our focus group feedback and initial response to this feedback! As you can see this group were not only able to comment on the overall concept, but on a number of other important considerations. For example, energy used to propel the product, and durability of the product. As with all our design concepts this initial feedback is a crucial part in the design and product development phase.