Physical Rehabilitation Projects of the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled in Africa
By providing low cost and high-quality polypropylene materials and equipment for protheses, the Special Fund for the Disabled (SFD) of the International Comittee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides quality services to low-income mine victims and disabled people.
In addition to its training programme in Ethiopia, the SFD continues to provide both material and financial assistance to amputees through some 33 other centres in 17 African countries, amongst them several partner countries in key regions of the Austrian Development cooperation: Ethiopia (1 center), Kenya (3), Mozambique (2), Morocco (2), Namibia (1), Tanzania (2), and Zimbabwe (2). All these aid programmes are organized by local partner organisations, but closely monitored by the SFD. By the end of 2006, the SFD is planning to have provided all the centres with sufficient equipment, tools, raw materials and components, thus contributing to fit some 7.500 physically disabled people with protheses and orthoses.
By means of this contribution, Austria will provide approx. 5% of the total annual budget of the Special Fund for the Disabled. Desired impact of this support is to contribute to the socio-economic reintegration of mine victims, war victims and other persons with disabilities through mobility restoration and easy access to physical rehabilitation services.