Website of the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled
Persons with physical disabilities develop their full
potential in an inclusive society.
MISSION The ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled strengthens
national capacity in less-resourced countries to remove
barriers faced by persons with physical disabilities, by
fostering sustainable, accessible and quality physical
rehabilitation services and promoting inclusion.
30-9-2013International Day of Person with Disabilities – 3 December
In the run-up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, ICRC President Peter Maurer speaks about the special needs of disabled people and their right to inclusion in every aspect of life. Through its physical rehabilitation programme and the Special Fund for the Disabled, the ICRC has been providing physical rehabilitation services in more than 60 countries over the past 30 years. Between January and August 2013, more than 188,000 people benefited from various services at ICRC-assisted centres.
9-9-2013Users of the physical rehabilitation services supported by ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled in Vietnam
SFD launched in March 2012 a study on the impact of the SFD’s projects in Viet Nam on its beneficiaries with technical support from the independent Norwegian research organization SINTEF. The main questions addressed in this study concern the access to rehabilitation services, the positive socio-economical impact of the services for the beneficiaries and the continuity of SFD support for prosthetic services follow-up. The report assessed the impact of the SFD programme in Viet Nam and confirmed the need for ongoing support for services in the country.
6-11-2012Haïti: Edy's first steps, a new start at Klinik Kay Kapab
Edy Silfa was trapped in the rubble of his car repair workshop for two days after the January 2010 earthquake which mangled his leg and destroyed his livelihood. He is currently learning to walk again at the Port-au-Prince physical rehabilitation centre.
Reports and publications
Contact information for Geneva, Africa, Asia and Latin America
9-10-2006How can you help?
Your donation is highly appreciated and will enable the SFD to continue its work.
ICRC physical rehabilitation activities
Link to ICRC main site. Access to documents giving details of specific programmes, including annual reports on physical rehabilitation programmes.
News & Stories
5-11-2013Case history, Sewing to earn a living
Affected by the consequences of poliomyelitis since her childhood, Ms Tao joined the VRCS–Spanish Red Cross' vocational training project in 2011.
2-12-2011Case history, real hair clippers
Mr. Nguyen Hoang works today as a barber. His prosthesis is as important for his work as his hair clippers are.