El Salvador

el-salvadorIn El Salvador, 40.6% of people were below the national poverty line in 2011, based on the World Bank’s data.

El Salvador ratified the UNCRPD in 2007. Since then, physical rehabilitation services at government facilities – such as the Instituto Salvadoreño de Rehabilitación Integral (ISRI), the national reference centre – are free of charge. However, the provision of services is hindered by a lack of funding and qualified professionals, and restrictive importation policies. The Consejo Nacional de Atención Integral a la Persona con Discapacidad (CONAIPD) has been working in behalf of persons with disabilities since 1993 and focuses on social protection and social integration mechanisms.

At Ministry of Health level, an entity for coordinating the national physical rehabilitation sector has not yet been created. The University of Don Bosco (UDB) in El Salvador is the only school in Latin America with ISPO I and II accreditation.