Case | HBS Case Collection | July 2014

BMVSS: Changing Lives through Innovation One Jaipur Limb at a Time (Abridged)

by Srikant Datar, Saloni Chaturvedi and Caitlin Bowler

Abstract

Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) is an Indian not-for-profit organization engaged in assisting differently-abled persons by providing them with the legendary low-cost prosthesis, the Jaipur Foot, and other mobility-assisting devices, free of cost. Known for its patient-centric culture, its focus on innovation, and for developing the $20 Stanford-Jaipur knee, BMVSS has assisted over a million people in its lifetime of 44 years. As the founder, Mr. D.R. Mehta, thinks about the financial sustainability of BMVSS, he must devise a strategy that will sustain its human impact well into the future.

Keywords: Nonprofit Organizations; Financial Condition; Health Care and Treatment; Diversity Characteristics; Growth and Development Strategy; Giving and Philanthropy; Medical Devices and Supplies Industry; Health Industry; India;

Citation:

Datar, Srikant, Saloni Chaturvedi, and Caitlin Bowler. "BMVSS: Changing Lives through Innovation One Jaipur Limb at a Time (Abridged)." Harvard Business School Case 115-009, July 2014.