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Bangladesh: improved physical rehabilitation services for Chittagong

02-10-2012 News Release 12/195

Dhaka (ICRC) – In a bid to expand its services, the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed is opening a new centre in Chittagong today.

The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) has been providing treatment and rehabilitation services for people with spinal injuries since it was founded in 1979 by Dr Valerie Taylor. "The new A.K. Khan-CRP centre in Chittagong will bring physical rehabilitation services to a wider set of people in Bangladesh," said Philip Morgan, a physical rehabilitation project manager with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) based in Dhaka.

While the A.K. Khan Foundation has provided the new facility with infrastructure and donated property, the ICRC has equipped the centre's workshop with the necessary tools and supplied prosthetic and orthotic materials. In 2013, the A.K. Khan-CRP centre expects to treat at least 250 patients.

This year, ICRC-provided training and technical assistance for a CRP facility in Dhaka has enabled 385 disabled patients to obtain physical rehabilitation services. The ICRC has also delivered 480 orthoses and 20 prostheses to the facility for 284 patients.

Physical rehabilitation helps restore the dignity of amputees and others with physical impairments by reintegrating them into their communities. The ICRC has acquired a special expertise in this field through the development of its in-house technology for producing low-priced but high-quality prosthetic and orthotic devices.

For further information, please contact:
Wolde-Gabriel Saugeron, ICRC Dhaka, tel: +88 0171 413 3858
Onchita Shadman, ICRC Dhaka, tel: +88 0175 562 1456