Mobility is the first step towards self-sufficiency. An artificial limb, brace or wheelchair can make the difference between employment and begging on the streets.
The aim of our rehabilitation projects is to provide practical support to enable people with disabilities to access their rights and live self-sufficiently.
Cambodia Trust client Saorim on the impact of receiving orthoses
In Cambodia, we run three physical rehabilitation centres in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville (Kompong Som) and Kompong Chhnang. Professionally trained Cambodian staff members provide prosthetic limbs, orthoses (braces), physiotherapy and wheelchairs.The majority of clients are people affected by landmine/UXO accidents, polio, road traffic accidents, cerebral palsy, club foot and diabetes.
Students at our training centre in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lanka School of
Prosthetics and Orthotics, are providing rehabilitation services to
clients in partnership with Ragama Hospital and we are working with the
Sri Lankan Ministry of Health and other NGOs to develop these services
further. We are supporting the development of clinics in the North of the country, where there are many victims of conflict in need of prosthetic limbs and other rehabilitation services.
We will be working with the Ministry of Health in Indonesia to develop services alongside our training school, the Jakarta School of Prosthetics & Orthotics.
In 2005, under the banner of our partnership project, ASSERT, we opened the Timor Loro Sa’e Centre for Physical Rehabilitation (TLSPR) in Dilí, Timor Leste: the country’s first rehabilitation centre for persons with disabilities. Local staff have been trained to provide prosthetic limbs and braces for clients including victims of conflict and people affected by leprosy. TLSPR has also launched a wheelchair programme in partnership with Motivation Development Trust. ASSERT and TLSPR were handed over to local management in June 2009.