ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programme 2012

Posted on September 10, 2013

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The Physical Rehabilitation Programme Report for 2012 was released by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in September 2013.  This ICRC annual report describes the worldwide activities of the ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programme in 2012, working to help people with disabilities affected by conflict.

In 2012 the ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programme assisted 96 projects in 27 countries and one territory. More than 240,000 people benefited from various services at ICRC assisted centres (an increase of 9% from 2011). The ICRC-assisted network of centers provided 7,528 prostheses specifically for mine/ERW survivors (out of  20,345 in total) and also ensured access to physiotherapy treatment for 10,139 survivors (out of a total of 113,454 people receiving physiotherapy treatment). In addition, many survivors were provided with wheelchairs and walking aids.

The ICRC provided support in13 countries that are among those 28 States Parties to the Mine Ban Treaty that have acknowledged their responsibility for significant landmine survivors in need (Afghanistan, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen).

The projects assisted by the ICRC offer services to all those in need. The ICRC notes: “Physical rehabilitation programmes help to restore the dignity of amputees and other disabled persons, not only by restoring them to an upright position but also by reintegrating them into their families and communities and enabling them to work and gain an education.”

The ICRC continued to be the main international organization providing and assisting in the provision of physical rehabilitation in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chad, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen.

Since 1979 the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation activities have diversified and expanded throughout the world as the organization has worked to remove barriers hindering access to appropriate physical rehabilitation services.

Download the complete ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programme: Annual Report 2012.