Physical rehabilitation programme: annual report 2012
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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 2012, working to help disabled people affected by conflict.
Since 1979 the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation activities have diversified and expanded throughout the world as the organization has worked to remove barriers hindering access to appropriate physical rehabilitation services. Between 1979 and 2012 the ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme provided support for more than 163 projects (centres) in 48 countries and one territory. Since 1979 large numbers of individuals have benefited from physical rehabilitation services such as the provision of 395,690 prostheses, 453,718 orthoses, 39,338 wheelchairs, 417,418 pairs of crutches, physiotherapy, and follow-up (repair and maintenance of devices) with the assistance of the ICRC.
In 2012 the Physical Rehabilitation Programme assisted 96 projects in 27 countries and one territory, and more than 240,000 people (an increase of 9% on the 2011 figure) benefited from various services at ICRC assisted centres. The services included the production of 20,345 prostheses and 60,372 orthoses, the provision of 3,414 wheelchairs and 17,196 pairs of crutches and the provision of appropriate physiotherapy treatment for 113,454 people. Children represented 25% and women 20% of the beneficiaries.