The ultimate objective of the ICRC's efforts in this area is to make possible the socio- economic rehabilitation of the physically disabled, during and after the period in which they receive assistance from the ICRC.
Providing adequate care and comfortable prosthetic and orthotic fitting for the patient is an important first step. The main aims of the ICRC's support are:
- - to make rehabilitation services accessible
- - to improve the quality of such services
- - to ensure that these services continue in the long run
The ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Unit was established in 1979, marking the start of a long-term commitment to promote quality services for persons with disabilities through the support or the establishment of physical rehabilitation centres.
An appropriate technology for Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) :
In low-income or developing countries affected by war, the role of this inexpensive and high quality technology is crucial, making rehabilitation services more affordable and accessible and making the long-term survival of rehabilitation centres more likely.
These P&O products are used for standard physical rehabilitation activities described in the catalogue are available to all humanitarian organisations.
Good practice of Physiotherapy:
Physiotherapy is an essential part of hospital and physical rehabilitation services in the achievement of quality care. All physiotherapy items listed conceive the minimum set-up to implement a physiotherapy department in hospital or in a physical rehabilitation centre, respectively for wounded patients or persons with disabilities.
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