Pakistan: caring for patients with spinal cord injuries
17-10-2011 Photo gallery
Without proper treatment, people with spinal cord injuries undergo needless suffering and often experience exclusion, poor nutrition and inadequate housing. Physical rehabilitation centres therefore play a vital role. The ICRC initially founded the Paraplegic Centre Hayatabad (PCH) in 1983 to treat people wounded during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. There were no such centres in South Asia at the time, and the number of patients with conflict-related spinal cord injuries was increasing. As time went on, the Centre started to admit Pakistani patients as well as Afghanis. The Centre is currently run by the Pakistani Ministry of Health, with financial and practical assistance from the ICRC.