In 1983, MoveAbility (former SFD) was created by the ICRC to ensure the continuity of former ICRC physical rehabilitation programs with a development approach.

MoveAbility is recognized for its years of expertise in developing the physical rehabilitation sector. Our first step before deciding to work in a country is to assess the national physical rehabilitation sector. We use a variety of internal and external assessment tools, some of which are developed in collaboration with the ICRC and the WHO. The results of the assessment are presented to the national stakeholders involved in the development of the physical rehabilitation sector, and guide our decision to engage resources in the country. Once we decide to do so, we invite our stakeholders to create a national platform that will allow the collaboration in the planning and implementing of multi-year programs.

We then develop, based on our five general objectives, country implementation plans that strengthen their capacities to serve and care for persons with disabilities. We enter into legal agreements with national partners to define roles and responsibilities and, in some cases, provide financial and material assistance. This is managed through direct assistance projects which allow us to define and control funding efficiently. Monitoring and evaluation is carried out regularly to measure outcomes and adapt if necessary.



Our approach to reducing the barriers and challenges faced by persons with disabilities focuses on strengthening national capacities in this field. Specifically, we work to improve the sustainability, accessibility and quality of physical rehabilitation services in developing countries.

In addition to helping people gain or regain mobility as a first step towards full and equal enjoyment of their rights, we also support partners and other stakeholders to develop or strengthen activities for social and economic inclusion and participation.

In 2015, we adopted five general objectives that guide our work, which are described below.



Our main beneficiaries are national and regional partners responsible for the physical rehabilitation sector. We help them develop their capacities to serve better the final beneficiaries; persons with disabilities and physical rehabilitation professionals.



The technology for manufacturing orthopaedic 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 standard practice for the production of prostheses and orthoses in many less-resourced countries and 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, and thereby improved access to quality services for people with limited resources.