Economically Developing Countries Update

Posted on March 21, 2013

Request for Books for Students in Tanzania

The Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT) would like to expand their professional library resources for staff and students in the Prosthetics and Orthotics program. Please check your collections to see if you have any of the requested volumes to donate! (Continue reading for the list of requested books.)

Also, a complete report of the recent ISB visit to TATCOT can now be downloaded from the ISB website. Click here to read the Executive Summary.

The Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TATCOT) would like to expand their professional library resources for staff and students in the Prosthetics and Orthotics program. Specific reference material was carefully selected by TATCOT instructors to enrich the theoretical component of students’ biomechanics curriculum. If you can donate any of the books listed below, please contact me at

TATCOT’s request for library resources was made when I previously visited their centre in October 2012. You can read more about my reflections on this visit in the previous issue of ISB NOW or download the complete report from the TATCOT Project webpage. An Executive Summary of the report is included here.


TATCOT Visit 2012 Report
Executive Summary

As EDC Project Officer and TATCOT Project Champion, I was given the opportunity to represent the ISB at TATCOT for a 3-week visit in October 2012. Objectives for the visit included strengthening our collaboration and determining the current status of the gait lab, the ISB’s contribution to their biomechanics curriculum development, and specific administrative issues. Over the course of the visit, I learned about the administrative setup of the lab at TATCOT and within the greater community, current needs including lab equipment (camera repair and digital vector analysis cameras), staff training, teaching modules, and library resources, as well as TATCOT’s strategies to expand their biomechanics programmes at both undergraduate and graduate levels and the management structure that would sustain these initiatives. Bart Koopman (Professor, University of Twente) and I were able to provide some instruction on upper-limb and spine biomechanics, gait analysis, and biomechanics research opportunities to staff and students. Together with several of the TATCOT staff, we were also able to identify potential opportunities to further develop our collaboration through annual visits by Bart as student thesis examiner and staff/student guest lecturer, connecting with academics in related biomechanics fields via Bart’s professional network, and through TATCOT members’ representation at our upcoming ISB2013 Congress. We outlined a concrete proposal by which TATCOT staff and students could attain ISB membership that is affordable and logistically feasible. Overall, the outcomes for the visit were above and beyond my expectations and I am optimistic that this collaboration will continue to benefit all contributing collaborators in the future.

Andrea Hemmerich
EDC Project Officer

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