WRF Plans New P&O Programs

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The World Rehabilitation Fund (WRF) has recently launched an orthotic/prosthetic aid initiative in Kazakhstan, according to Anthony Staros, WRF senior consultant. "New possibilities exist for WRF, not only in the traditional geographic areas of its past international P&O programs, but also in new undertakings in Central Asian countries," Staros said. Training P&O service providers and setting up workshops and component manufacturers has been part of WRF's traditional role in Armenia, Lebanon, Honduras, and Uganda, he noted.

Besides a small P&O program in Lebanon, the WRF is currently planning P&O work in South Africa, Jordan, Uzbekistan, Eritrea, and Pakistan. "Meanwhile, the WRF also oversees wide-ranging psychosocial, vocational training, and economic reintegration programs for war victims in Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and Mozambique in UNDP [United Nations Development Programme]-supported international programs," Staros added. "These have been enormously successful."

Staros continued, "We would like all manufacturers and service providers to be aware of our need for outdated or slightly used P&O components for use in these countries."

To donate equipment, contact the World Rehabilitation Fund, 386 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10016-8804. Tel: 212.725.7875; fax: 212.725.8402; e-mail: mail@worldrehabfund.org