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Myanmar: First ICRC-sponsored orthopaedic technologists complete training

07-10-2003 News Release 03/124

Two Myanmar trainees qualified as orthopaedic technologists at the Cambodian School of Prosthetics & Orthotics in Phnom Penh last week. One trainee works for the Ministry of Health, the other for the Defence Medical Services.

Their three-year course meets the requirements of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics for a " Category II professional worker " .

The ICRC sponsored the two trainees as part of its support for government health services involved in the physical rehabilitation of amputees. In turn, that programme links in with the organization's long term aim of improving care for prosthetic/orthotic patients in Myanmar.

Two more ICRC-sponsored Myanmar trainees are expected to qualify at the end of 2004, with another four scheduled to finish in 2006.

The ICRC is also assisting five government prosthetic services and runs a rehabilitation centre for people who have lost limbs, working in conjunction with the Myanmar Red Cross Society and the Ministries of Health and Home Affairs. Since 1986, this cooperation has resulted in the production of some 15,000 artificial limbs.

 For further information:  

 Jean-Pascal Moret, ICRC Yangon, tel. ++ 951 662 613  

 Eros Bosisio, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 22 730 21 01