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Mexico: ICRC provides supplies for National Rehabilitation Institute

26-01-2011 News Release 11/13

Mexico City (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has provided equipment and supplies for the manufacturing of artificial limbs to the National Rehabilitation Institute (INR) in Mexico City, with which it has been working for a number of months.

“By supporting institutions such as the INR, the ICRC can help improve access by vulnerable groups to physical rehabilitation services,” said Karl Mattli, head of the ICRC’s regional delegation for Mexico, Central America and Cuba. “These groups include migrants who have lost a limb.”

The ICRC has provided support for various institutions in the region since the 1980s with a view to ensuring that victims of antipersonnel mines and other explosive devices receive appropriate physical rehabilitation services. Since 2008, through its Special Fund for the Disabled, the ICRC has also assisted migrants who have lost a limb. This project, launched in Honduras and extended in 2009 to Mexico and Guatemala, has benefited more than 150 patients.

For further information, please contact:
Julio César Torres, ICRC Mexico City, tel. ++52 55 25 81 21 10 or ++52 1 43 60 22 04