Physical rehabilitation programme: annual report 2011
08-06-2012 Publication Ref. 4103
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Physical rehabilitation programmes help to restore the dignity of amputees and other disabled persons, not only by restoring them to an upright position but also by reintegrating them into their families and communities and enabling them to work and gain an education. This report describes the worldwide activities of the ICRC physical rehabilitation programme in 2011, working to help disabled people affected by conflict.
Over time, the ICRC has acquired a leadership position in physical rehabilitation, mainly because of the scope of its activities, the development of its in-house technology, its acknowledged expertise and its long-term commitment to assisted projects. In most countries where the ICRC has provided physical rehabilitation support, ICRC support has served as a basis for establishing a national rehabilitation service.
In 2011 the Physical Rehabilitation Programme assisted 92 projects in 27 countries and one territory, and more than 222,000 people benefited from various services at ICRC-assisted centres. These services included the production of 19,740 prostheses and 52,832 orthoses, the provision of 3,492 wheelchairs and 15,650 pairs of crutches and the provision of appropriate physiotherapy treatment for 79,889 persons. An average of 10% more people received services in ICRC-assisted centres in 2011 than in the previous year. Children represented 27% and women 18% of the beneficiaries.