Reference : V-P-AF-E-02341
Date : 16/03/2016
Country/Region : AFGHANISTAN
Caption : Mazar-i-Sharif, ICRC orthopaedic centre. 85% of the center employees are former patients. The centre has operated since 1991. Visit of the ICRC president Peter Maurer and employees of the ICRC delegation in Afghanistan. Wheelchair basketballers prepare for a game.
Photographer : QUILTY, Andrew
Person appearing :
MAURER, Peter (president, ICRC)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website article, 21.03.2016: “Afghanistan: Diary from the ground. […]Day 3 – New leg, new life. Imagine you lose a leg. You can't walk. You probably lose your job, and with it the money that feeds your family. You can't go outside, so you become isolated. Accidents and amputations happen everywhere in the world. But in countries at war, especially those where landmines are used, innocent civilians – often children playing – are much more likely to lose an arm, a leg, both legs. In Afghanistan, the number of disabled people has doubled over the last decades. I visited the ICRC ortho centre in Mazar-i-Sharif today. The centre treats up to 15,000 patients annually, fitting prostheses and teaching amputees how to walk again. But the work doesn't stop there. A new leg often means a new life. We offer education, vocational training, job programmes and microcredits so that patients can start small businesses. This way, a prosthesis is the first step into a new life, with a job, an income, a place in society. We know that it works. 85% of the staff are former patients, who now help new patients make a new life for themselves. […]”, said the ICRC president after his visit.
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