The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has supported a five-year training programme leading to an Orthopaedic Technologist Diploma of Prosthetics and Orthotics at specialized institutes in Vietnam and Thailand.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) document was signed by Director General of Department of Health Care, Ministry of Health, Dr. Chanphomma Vongsampha and Head of Project Office, ICRC Laos, Mr Frank Kuenzi in Vientiane Capital on June 2.
The MoU will support Lao clinicians in meeting internationally recognized standards for physical rehabilitation through the five-year training programme.
Through the agreement, a total of 10 employees from the Ministry of Health who are stationed in five centers for physical or medical rehabilitation throughout Lao PDR will benefit from the training.
“The Ministry of Health welcomes this long-term investment that will strengthen the health system in Laos,” explains Dr. Chanphomma.
“The expertise of the ICRC in this area of work, and their ability to bring global experience to our country, will greatly benefit the people of Laos,” he continues.
The project will also include support from the ICRC to Ministry of Health, on how to apply precise national clinical and managerial standards of practice for physical rehabilitation services.
Minister of Health, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bounkong Syhavong, and officials from the Health Care Department of the Ministry of Health, and representatives from the ICRC witnessed the signing ceremony.
The project will also include support to the Ministry of Health to define and establish national clinical and managerial guidelines that guarantee the best possible care and health for people with physical disorders across the country, said Mr Frank.
Physical rehabilitation is a way of helping restore dignity to people with disabilities. In the Lao PDR, where every year dozens of people are still affected by mines and unexploded devices, seeking to eliminate or minimize restrictions on people with disabilities’ movement and activities, allowing them to become more independent and enjoy the highest possible quality of life is of utmost importance, said Frank.
Since 1979, when it began its physical rehabilitation programme, the ICRC has diversified and expanded its activities. The ICRC now pursues this work all around the world. Today, it runs 129 projects in 32 contexts, reaching more than 371,000 people.
The ICRC has acquired a leadership position in physical rehabilitation services due to the scope of its activities, technical expertise, the development of in-house technology, and the ICRC’s long-term commitment to assisted projects in countries around the world.
Source: Lao News Agency