ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD), Annual Report 2003
The ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD) was set up by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1983 in response to Resolution XXVII of the 24th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
In 2003, the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled
provided financial and material assistance to 35 physical rehabilitation centres in 16 countries through its three regional delegations in Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Vietnam.
delivered a total of 6,923 prostheses and orthoses to amputees through these centres.
introduced the ICRC/SFD polypropylene technology to all these centres. This prevented importing costly ready-made components from abroad or using less suitable local materials.
organized various tuition programmes for local and expatriate prosthetic technicians in the three SFD regional delegations and sponsored training courses at specialized schools.