ICRC at the world congress in physical rehabilitation
A 34-member delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was in Hyderabad to participate in the 14th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) held from 4th to 7th February 2013. This was the first time the ISPO World Congress was held in India. The four-day conference was aimed at sharing and understanding the latest global advancements in prosthetics and orthotic care in order to provide the best rehabilitation options to persons with disabilities.
The ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation manager based in New Delhi Achille Otou-Essono, who is also a member of the scientific committee of the ISPO 2013 Congress says, “the ICRC, as the leader in the provision of physical rehabilitation services in remote and violence-affected areas, was invited to the conference to share its three-decade long experience and expertise in providing access services.”
The delegation included ICRC and ICRC-supported physical rehabilitation professionals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, Philippines, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Togo, Pakistan and India.
In all, more than 1000 delegates were present at the Congress, comprising of orthotists, prosthetists, physiotherapists, orthopaedic surgeons and other rehabilitation professionals from over 80 countries. The ICRC participants were led by the Head of ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme in Geneva, Claude Tardif, who is also a member of the ISPO Open Board and the Education Committee. ICRC supported professionals attending the Congress say the event was an excellent platform to learn about issues right from the assessment of cases to delivery, new technologies and innovations and even the biomechanics of prosthetics and orthotics. In India, the ICRC has been providing physical rehabilitation services through partner organisations at various locations across the country since 2004.
Find out more on the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation programme