Physical Rehabilitation Projects of the ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled in Africa 2008
By providing low cost and high-quality (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 program in Ethiopia, in 2008 SFD continues to provide both material and financial assistance to amputees through some 31 additional centers in 16 African countries. Among them are several partner countries in key regions of the Austrian Development Cooperation: Ethiopia (1 center), Kenya (2), Mozambique (1), Morocco/West Sahara (2), Namibia (1), Tanzania (2), and Zimbabwe (3). All these aid programmes are organized by local partner organisations, but closely monitored by the SFD. By the end of 2008, the SFD is planning to have provided all the centres with sufficient equipment, tools, raw materials and components, to allow them to fit some 10.000 amputees and other physically disabled people with prothetic/orthotic appliances.
The key issues which the SFD 2008 plan of action aims to address are:
-> Acess to physical rehabilitation services for disabled persons
-> Quality of services to patients
-> Long-term functioning of physical rehabilitation centers
By means of this contribution, Austria will provide approx. 12-13% of the SFD total annual 2008 budget for Africa. The desired impact of this support is to contribute to the socio-economic integration of persons with disabilities through mobility restoration with a prostehses or orthoses.