Wheelchair fitting for people with disabilities
The ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programme in cooperation with the Centre for Empowerment and Initiatives (CEI) organised a wheelchair-fitting programme on 25th June, 2013 at CEI Orthopaedics Centre in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The activity was done with the main objective of assembling and fitting wheelchairs, and providing proper training on mobility skills to people with disabilities.
The ICRC donated three-wheel active wheelchairs with a large rubber castor wheel and long wheelbase, which allows for safe and stable propulsion over uneven ground. Two female and six male users were amongst the eight beneficiaries who received these wheelchairs. The assessment, measurement, assembly and delivery of wheelchairs to the users was done with the full participation of the CEI team.
Seminar on Health Care in Detention
A two-day seminar on “Health Care in Detention” was recently organized by the ICRC in collaboration with J&K Prisons Department and Directorate of Health Services in Srinagar and Jammu. The seminar was aimed at providing a platform to discuss, share and learn about experiences and challenges related to issues of health care in prisons.
On the occasion, Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr Baljeet Singh Pathania spoke about the importance of coordination between the Prisons Department and Health Department to meet the medical requirement of the prison inmates.
The event was attended by representatives from the Prisons Department, Directorate of Health Services, Government Medical College, Social Welfare Department, Jail Superintendents, medical officers visiting prisons and psychiatrists. The discussions were spear-headed by ICRC’s Dr. Raed Abu Rabi, who is a Geneva based expert on health care in detention.
The discussions during the event emphasized the importance of medicare in prisons for proper maintenance of the health of inmates. The ICRC has been working in places of detention across the world for nearly 100 years and has gathered vast experience over the years in dealing with issues of health care in prisons. In India, the ICRC has been visiting prisons since 1995. The seminar therefore was held as part of efforts to better address the health needs of detainees in prisons and provide for adequate means and methods to achieve this goal.
South Asia Teaching Session Alumni Meeting
The first South Asian Teaching Session (SATS) Alumni meeting was organised in New Delhi on 7 September 2013 at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. The one-day meeting involved the participation of 35 delegates from three countries including India, Bhutan and the Maldives. Delegates included representatives of the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, academics, NGO representatives and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
The inaugural session of this day-long meet was followed by two panel discussions. While the first one deliberated on ‘Legal Protection in Armed Conflict and Situations of Violence’, the session post lunch debated on ‘Means and Methods of Warfare in Contemporary Armed Conflict’. The concluding session focussed on feedback from participants. This was an hour-long deliberation, which resulted in a series of very interesting suggestions that ranged from turning the alumni meeting into an annual event to the creation of IHL “Centres of Excellence” with SATS Alumni members.
The ICRC coordinated this meeting with the principal objective to create a forum for dialogue on IHL and to share perspectives on its development. Through such an initiative, ICRC New Delhi intended to strengthen existing contacts with SATS alumni and facilitate the establishment of a network.
The SATS was initiated in 1999. Over its 15-year history, SATS has developed into a prestigious and regionally recognised event, with participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Iran, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. During this biannual academic forum, the ICRC in collaboration with various institutes and universities disseminates and shares perspectives on IHL with public officials, members of the Armed Forces and Law Enforcement Agencies, Academics, Red Cross/Red Crescent representatives and Non-Governmental Organisation representatives.
ICRC participates in Congress of the African Federation of Orthopaedic Technicians
The Physical Rehabilitation Programme Manager based in India participated in the seventh Congress of the African Federation of Orthopaedics Technicians, which took place in Yamoussoukro Cote d’Ivoire from 30 September to 5 October 2013.
About 350 participants from Africa, Europe and Asia including 14 persons from India under the leadership of Ms Stuti Kacker, Secretary of Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment of India attended the Congress.
The ICRC sponsored the participation of 71 participants from 19 African countries, including three from India. The participation of Indian colleagues to the gathering allowed them to better understand and measure the difficulties and constraints faced by people with disabilities in general and specifically in Africa.