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. Although IFSHT maintains no official office location, the dynamometers are stored in the US in a space donated by an individual.
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. IFSHT dynamometers have been distributed to therapists in Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Haiti, Guatemala, Cameroon, Bhutan, Vietnam, St. Lucia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Burma, China, Kenya, Ecuador, Estonia, Nicaragua, Mongolia, Sudan, Thailand, Kosovo & the Philippines. 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 dynomometer to Ghana on an 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.
IFSHT has distributed these dynamometers by shipping within the US or hand carrying them to international therapists who are visiting other countries. For further information about the dynamometer program please contact the IFSHT Secretary General (email@example.com).