ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled – Annual Report 2004
The ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD) aims at ensuring continuity of former ICRC programmes for the war-disabled and supporting other physical rehabilitation centres in low-income countries. Its immediate objectives are to maintain and increase access, quality and durability of rehabilitation services, through a combination of material/financial, technical and training support to assisted centres.
In 2004, the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled notably:
- Contributed to rehabilitating more than 15,000 persons worldwide, 8,580 were fitted with a prosthesis and 7,123 with an orthosis. Forty percent of the assisted amputees were mine victims.
- Provided material, financial, technical and training support to 44 physical rehabilitation centres in 19 countries. These included newly started assistance projects to seven additional centres in Albania, Guinea-Bissau, Nicaragua, Somalia, Togo and Vietnam.
Sponsored 12 national personnel from 7 centres to attend one- to three-year courses at regional schools in prosthetics and orthotics. In addition, ten one-month basic training courses for fifty technicians from 20 countries were organized at the SFD regional training centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Three regional seminars for professionals were organized in cooperation with prosthetic/orthotic schools in Togo, Morocco and Kenya.