MTN Partners with Legs4Africa to Empower African Amputees

09 February 2024

MTN Group is pleased to announce its partnership with Legs4Africa, an organisation dedicated to providing prosthetic limbs and comprehensive support to amputees across Sub-Saharan Africa. Announced during the “Doing Good for Africa’s Progress” segment at MTN’s Global Group Leadership Gathering.

This collaboration underscores the company’s enduring commitment to leveraging its vast resources for meaningful societal impact, bridging the digital divide, and fostering a more inclusive, empowered, and connected society. Legs4Africa has made significant strides in addressing the critical shortage of prosthetic care and rehabilitation services in Sub-Saharan Africa, a region home to over 1.7 million amputees in need of artificial limbs to regain their independence.

Speaking at the event, Tom Williams OBE, Technical Director: Legs4Africa said:“Our work is not possible without the support of generous organizations like MTN. To be your chosen sponsor for this year’s GLG ensures that those with limb differences are afforded the opportunity to thrive in their community, – and that is incredible. Your donation has also gone towards ensuring that individuals get access to holistic rehabilitation, and a second chance at life.”

Nompilo Morafo, MTN Group’s Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, expressed her enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “Our partnership with Legs4Africa is a testament to our unwavering commitment to making a real difference. It showcases our focus on utilizing our technology and resources to create a more inclusive society where every individual has the opportunity to thrive.”

In a concrete manifestation of its commitment, MTN Group has pledged £15,000 to support the distribution of prosthetic limbs across several African countries. This contribution will directly support amputees in six countries in which MTN and Legs4Africa operate – Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, Benin, and Zambia providing them with the prosthetics needed to regain mobility and access to comprehensive rehabilitation services to support their emotional and physical recovery in aftercare.

Furthermore, the partnership enables opportunities for integrating beneficiaries into digital platforms and leverages accessibility technologies to allow for access to all. Through initiatives like the MTN Skills Academy, the collaboration further aims to offer digital and financial skills training opportunities, preparing beneficiaries for their future economic participation.

This collaboration emphasises the importance of partnerships in achieving lasting social and economic impact. By uniting with Legs4Africa, MTN amplifies its capacity to tackle complex social challenges, fostering inclusive and sustainable change in the lives of individuals and communities throughout Africa.