1. An affordable and efficient technology
The technology for manufacturing orthopedic devices favoured by MoveAbility is based on the polypropylene technology developed by the ICRC.
It is affordable, resistant and requires low maintenance.
This technology is now the standard practice for the production of prostheses and orthoses in many low and middle- income countries. It is being used by a significant number of organizations involved in physical rehabilitation, including the projects and physical rehabilitation centres supported by MoveAbility.
It combines accessible standard components (i.e. prosthetic feet, knees, etc.), and raw materials (mainly polypropylene) that are locally available. Using this technology has considerably enhanced the technical skills of professionals working at MoveAbility supported physical rehabilitation centres. Consequently, the access to quality services for people with limited resources was greatly improved.
Since many years, we collaborate with the World Health Organization. In 2014, the WHO established a global initiative with the vision of “a world where everyone in need has high-quality, affordable assistive products to lead a healthy, productive and dignified life”, the GATE initiative
2. Capacity building
We organize training for the key stakeholders of the rehabilitation sector to reinforce not only their technical skills, but also their management competencies.
3. Coordination with the movement of the Red Cross Red Crescent
Our work in the field entails long-term collaboration with National Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
MISSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT MOVEMENT
“… to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found, to protect life and health and ensure respect for the human being, in particular in times of armed conflict and other emergencies, to work for the prevention of disease and for the promotion of health and social welfare, to encourage voluntary service and a constant readiness to give help by the members of the Movement, and a universal sense of solidarity toward all those in need of its protection and assistance.”
Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
4. Multi-sectoral approach
We base our activities on a multi-sectoral approach, involving all stakeholders in a given country’s physical rehabilitation sector. The concernd Ministry, providers of physical rehabilitation services, the Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies and the Disabled Peoples’s Organizations (DPO) are included at all steps of the program.
5. National Platform
We support and coordinate the creation of a national platform to raise awareness of disability and rehabilitation related issues to place them in the country’s political agenda
6. Partnership and coordination mechanisms
We develop and sustain partnerchips in the field with national and regional partners responsible for the physical rehabilitation.