ITF Supports the Provision of Prosthetics and Orthotics Services in Afghanistan
The “Prosthetics & Orthotics Repairing Workshop Project” ITF is implementing in cooperation with the non-governmental organization Humanity & Inclusion, formally started on July 1, 2019. The first step was setting up the workshop in the Kunduz Regional Hospital in northern Afghanistan. As part of the workshop, two local prosthetics and orthotics technicians were recruited, one male and one female. Their main responsibility at the hospital is to provide device repair services to the local communities in the Kunduz province alongside the Humanity & Inclusion other teams. As part of the project, 381 beneficiaries received services related with prostheses, with 272 beneficiaries receiving services between January and March 2020 alone.
Because of the COVID-19 crisis, the teams had to modify the way they work to ensure the continued provision of much-needed services, while also protecting their own health and the health of the people seeking assistance. Therefore, strict protective equipment protocols and operating procedures have been put in place to prevent the transmission of the virus. All teams were given special training that they incorporated in their work. Although in-person visits are needed to repair devices, follow-ups are now, for example, conducted with cell phones to limit personal contact as much as possible.
With the invaluable support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, a strong network of partners and a trusted relationship with the hospital directorate and local communities, this project continues to grow each day. ITF is looking forward to continued service to the Kunduz community for the remainder of the project through strong collaboration with all stakeholders.