In 2016, Todos con Voz, an MoH programme for persons with disabilities, led meetings with representatives from CENAPRORTO and provincial health authorities, which resulted in a plan of action for creating an entity to oversee the national physical rehabilitation sector. We will assist them with the plan’s implementation, for instance, by providing funds for meetings and guidance on allocating enough resources for the satellite centres.

In parallel, we will support the efforts of the multi-sectoral policy platform (established last year, under Todos con Voz) to advocate the rights of persons with disabilities – specifically, by sponsoring an event for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and their representatives’ participation in an International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) course, organized by the WHO and an international forum on the UNCRPD.

Further to an agreement with the MoH signed in 2016, we are providing scholarships to four students, who will work as orthopaedic technicians in satellite centres after they graduate from the University of Don Bosco (UDB), our regional training partner in El Salvador. Personnel from the MoH and FURWUS will also be assisted in taking UDB’s distance-learning modules and face-to-face courses, so that they can obtain ISPO accreditation. Meanwhile, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua – in particular, the Instituto Politécnico de la Salud “Luis Felipe Moncada” (UNAN-POLISAL) – will get funds for new teaching materials.

At centres run by FURWUS, we will pay for treatment fees for economically vulnerable patients, while government-run centres will receive financial support for procuring raw materials. It is important to note that the MoH is gradually taking over MoveAbility’s financial support for the state-run physical rehabilitation centers. However, given the lengthy importation procedures in the country, our partners will still be assisted in managing their inventory and procuring materials.

Through funding for a national assessment of service providers, and advice on implementing the ensuing recommendations, we will help our local partners improve the quality of their services. To the same end, we will also conduct patient-satisfaction surveys and technical assessments; these will be done through the Nicaraguan Red Cross, with whom we will renew our annual agreement, and UNAN-POLISAL, with whom we began our partnership in 2016.

To help strengthen the management of the centres we support, we will help FURWUS attain NGO benchmarking certification from SGS.

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