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Title: Large-scale physical disabilities and their management in the aftermath of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan
Authors: Mallick, M.
Aurakzai, J.K.
Bile, K.M.
Ahmed, N.
Issue Date: 2010
Language: English
Abstract: The October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan created a new generation of [persons with disabilities] [PWDs] in the affected districts. A total of 741 people suffered spinal injuries while 713 underwent amputations. A comprehensive response was launched jointly by the Ministry of Health, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority and the World Health Organization involving rescue and recovery, hospitalization, surgical interventions, building of infrastructure, development of technical guidelines to improve quality of care, human resource deployment and training. The first national megaproject for institutional and community-based rehabilitation [CBR] services was launched in the earthquake-affected areas. The institutional management of PWDs is now carried out alongside the CBR programme. This intervention also led to the concept of a national CBR programme. The study aims to identify the post-earthquake situation regarding the magnitude and type of physical disabilities and to highlight the rehabilitative interventions undertaken
Description: 98-105
Keywords: Earthquakes
World Health Organization
National Health Programs
Subject: Disabled Persons
ISSN: 1020-3397
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