Four FABW teams at Croatian mine conference
Teams representing four Find A Better Way funded projects are in Croatia this week for the 13th International... Read more
To develop and exploit technology, facilitate education and provide humanitarian assistance to victims and their families in order to reduce fatalities and future injuries, alleviate hardship and ultimately negate the effects of landmines and Explosive Remnants of War.
Find A Better Way was founded in 2011 by England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton. While visiting a minefield in Cambodia, Sir Bobby saw first-hand the humanitarian damage which landmines cause in war torn areas both past and present.
The visit moved him to set up Find A Better Way as he felt that, with modern technological advances, there had to be a more efficient way of negating the effects of mines and improving safety and security for local communities whose lives are blighted by them.
While visiting a minefield in Cambodia, he saw first-hand the humanitarian damage which landmines cause in war torn areas both past and present.
Programme designed to train a cohort of 12 trauma surgeons from landmine affected countries in specialist through-knee amputations.
The SEMIS (Scanning Electromagnetic Mine Inspection System) project aims to help tackle the problem of metallic clutter during de-mining operations.
Find A Better Way launched its first £1m research competition ‘A Better Way of Detection For Humanitarian Demining’. Run in conjunction with the EPSRC, it enabled Find A Better Way to seek out the best ideas for detecting landmines and provide funding to help develop them. Kings College London and a joint bid by University College London and Cranfield University received funding.
Award-winning photographer Giles Duley appointed as Ambassador to Find A Better Way. Giles’ life changed forever when, while embedded with US troops in Afghanistan, he stepped on a landmine, becoming one of only a few people to survive a triple amputation. He now gives inspirational talks to promote the plight of fellow victims and to highlight Find A Better Way.
Find A Better Way announced its second £1million competition in conjunction with the ESPRC ‘To Find Novel Ways of Detection For Humanitarian Demining’. The successful shortlisted candidates joined Find A Better Way on a visit to an active minefield in Zadar, Croatia. Both The University of Bristol and The University of Sheffield won a share of the funding for their innovative research programmes.
Find A Better Way hosted their inaugural Research Symposium. This event proved to be a perfect opportunity to bring together all those involved with the charity to report on our current progress and to highlight possible directions for the future.
Chancellor George Osborne announced H.M Treasury would provide £10 million funding to Find A Better Way over five years. The charity’s five year vision was launched at a reception at 11 Downing Street and the charity was congratulated for its ground-breaking work to date. Find A Better Way is currently working in partnership with leading universities on a range of research programmes.
Looking beyond prosthetics, Find A Better Way has launched a multi-million pound competition to fund new research in regenerative medicine. Also, the world’s first dedicated landmine detection research facility, the Find A Better Way International Research Centre, will open on the University of Manchester campus in Autumn 2016.