Physical Rehabilitation Projects for Mine Victims and Disabled People 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 of the Austrian Development cooperation: Ethiopia (1 center), Kenya (4), Mozambique (1), 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 2005, the SFD is planning to have provided all the centres with sufficient equipment, tools, raw materials and components, thus contributing to fit some 7.000 physically disabled people with protheses and orthoses.