ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled – Annual Report 2005
The ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD) aims to ensure continuity of former ICRC programmes for populations affected by conflict or war and support other physical rehabilitation centres in low-income countries. Its immediate objectives are to increase access and to maintain the quality and durability of rehabilitation services, through a combination of material, financial, technical and training support to assisted centres.
In 2005, the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled notably:
Contributed to the rehabilitation of more than 16,000 persons worldwide: 9,649 were fitted with prosthesis prosthesis : a device to replace a missing (part of a) limb and 6,707 with an orthosis. orthosis : a device to support a malfunctioning (part of a) limb or body Forty percent of the assisted amputees were mine victims.
Provided material, financial, technical and training support to 53 physical rehabilitation centres in 26 countries. These included newly started assistance projects in Djibouti, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Vietnam.
Sponsored 13 local staff members from 5 centres to attend one- to three-year courses at regional schools in prosthetics and orthotics. In addition, ten one-month basic training courses for 56 participants from 19 countries were organized at the SFD regional training centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In addition, four regional seminars for professionals were organized in cooperation with prosthetic/orthotic schools in Mali, Morocco and Kenya.