To strengthen Tajikistan’s physical rehabilitation sector, we will help the government implement key aspects of the above-mentioned national plan. For instance, we will provide technical advice on establishing a physical rehabilitation entity with the capacity and resources to oversee the sector, and follow up on legal recognition (particularly, in the form of official pay scales) for prosthetists and orthotists. Through planning sessions, we will help officials prioritize activities so that they can maximize their impact, given the available funds.

In parallel, we will support the creation of an association for prosthetists and orthotists, and encourage the MoHSPP and other local partners to form a multi-sectoral policy platform that will advocate legislation for persons with disabilities. We will also help the MoHSPP improve its data-collection mechanisms, for example, by providing material and technical support for the use of the ICRC-developed Patient Management System.

As of June 2016, the SEOP had increased its production of devices by 125% (compared to the preceding 12 months), thanks to our technical support for its personnel. Our staff will continue to hone the skills of physical therapists, prosthetists and orthotists at SEOP-run centres through on-site coaching, and scholarships to our training partner in Viet Nam.

We will help SEOP-run centres improve the quality of their services by coaching their staff on quality-control mechanisms and file management. We will also carry out technical assessments of the devices they manufacture, and train members of Imkoniyat, an association of persons with disabilities, in conducting patient-satisfaction surveys.

To bolster the physical rehabilitation sector’s sustainability, MoHSPP representatives will participate in a train-the-trainer course organized by the LMG project, in order to implement a tool to assess their management systems; further training will be conducted based on the assessment’s results.

In 2016, we donated equipment, machinery and supplies to SEOP’s Khujand branch and supervised its renovation, to bring physical rehabilitation services closer to patients in northern Tajikistan. Efforts to improve people’s access to services will continue in 2017, as we seek partnerships with the Tajikistan Red Crescent and Imkoniyat, with the goal of training their personnel to identify and refer prospective patients to SEOP-run centres.

To foster the social inclusion of persons with disabilities, we will back Imkoniyat’s efforts to provide people with vocational training or support for running small businesses.

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