A new training facility in the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Hospital in Tanzania (CCBRT) was inaugurated on 6 June 2016 in Dar es Salaam.
The facility, built and equipped by the SFD, will be managed by CCBRT and the Tanzanian Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technicians (TATCOT) and will enable Orthopaedic technicians to obtain the expertise required in providing quality physical rehabilitation services. It will also serve as a regional training centre where SFD can undertake various courses for professionals in the field.
Over a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability, according to the World Health Organisation. This represents about 15% of the world’s population. In developing countries, 1 out of 10 people living below the poverty line is physically disabled. Ninety percent of the people who require a mobility device do not have access to physical rehabilitation services.
The SFD focuses on reducing barriers and challenges faced by persons with disabilities by strengthening national capacities and improving accessibility to physical rehabilitation services through training of professionals such as physiotherapists and orthopedic technicians. By providing sustainable, affordable, quality physical rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, the SFD is transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people and their families in developing countries.
In Tanzania, SFD and CCBRT hospital partnership has impacted the lives of many people in the country since 2009. The partnership has transformed the CCBRT hospital prosthetics and orthotics workshop into a comprehensive rehabilitation unit that today offers a range of physical rehabilitation services. It also has a specific treatment hall, referred to as the Banda, which is dedicated to children affected by Cerebral Palsy.
The SFD will continue to work closely with several partners in Tanzania such as, CCBRT, Disabled People Organizations and the Ministry of Health to strengthen the national capacity in physical rehabilitation.