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China: The ICRC engages with Chengdu Second People’s Hospital to better help the disabled

Beijing (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation for East Asia and the Chengdu Second People's Hospital in Sichuan Province entered into a cooperation agreement to better assist people with disabilities.

"Under this agreement signed on March 7th, the ICRC commits to help the hospital renovate its Prosthetics and Orthotics Unit of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department, provide regular professional training to the staff of the Unit to improve their capacities to diagnose and offer services according to international best practices, said Vincent Raymond Ochilet, Deputy head of ICRC's Regional Delegation for East Asia. "These efforts are expected to improve the hospital's orthopedic and prosthetic capacity, so as to provide better rehabilitation services to people with disabilities."

Delegates of the ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia and CSPH posed for a group photo after signing the agreement. Photo: CSPH

According to the latest statistics of the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF), China has as many as 85 million people with disabilities. In Jan. 2004, the ICRC and Yunnan Red Cross Society started to offer physical rehabilitation services to amputees living in the areas affected by landmines. Over the past 13 years, the programme has provided free artificial limbs and rehabilitation physiotherapy to thousands of people.

Vincent Raymond Ochilet (right), Deputy Head of ICRC's Regional Delegation for East Asia visits the CSPH's Rehabilitation Medicine Department. Photo : CSPH

The ICRC supports people with disabilities worldwide. In addition to physical rehabilitation services, the institution helps beneficiaries to reintegrate into the society, by supporting them to start an income generating project, a vocational training or to practice a sport.

Established in 1892, the CSPH is one of China's first-class hospitals that incorporates medical treatment, training, scientific research, early prevention, health care and rehabilitation services. Since its opening on Aug. 13th, 2013, the Prosthetics and Orthotics Unit has been treating those with physical or nerve injuries during earthquakes.

For further information, please contact:
Valery Mbaoh Nana, ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia, Beijing, tel: +86 186 0025 3392
Michael Zhang, ICRC Regional Delegation for East Asia, Beijing, tel: +86 138 1003 5522

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