The ICRC's work for people with disabilities, January-September 2015

Through our physical rehabilitation programme and the Special Fund for the Disabled, the ICRC aims to help anyone with a disability. This includes including victims of armed conflict, other situations of violence, mines and explosive remnants of war.

We run or support physical rehabilitation services and help people with disabilities integrate into society through such activities as running sports and livelihood-support programmes.

In 2015, the ICRC supported 126 projects (including service providers, component factories and training institutions) in 31 contexts.

Physical rehabilitation

Between January and September 2015, 365,000 people benefited from services at ICRC-assisted facilities. These facilities provided:

  • 20,872 artificial limbs;
  • 88,856 orthotic devices;
  • 5,648 wheelchairs;
  • 20,806 pairs of crutches
  • physiotherapy for 177,438 people.

33% of the people benefiting from these services were children, and 20% were women.

Inclusion of people with disabilities

But the ICRC's efforts to help people with disabilities go beyond physical rehabilitation. Over the same period, ICRC activities promoted the inclusion of people with disabilities in society through the following:

  • 2,418 people took part in sports;
  • 23,946 people participated in economic programmes;
  • 748 people underwent vocational training;
  • 2,071 people attended education programmes.

Restoring dignity. Measuring the impact of the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation programme on the lives of people with disabilities

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World report on disability - Factsheet: main messages and recommendations

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