Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed CRP

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Linked with Mohua Paul – Bangladesh.

Flood rehabilitation programme: A large area in Bangladesh was submerged by devastating floods from July to September 2007. Million of people became shelterless. Many people suffered from diseases due to inadequate supply of pure drinking water and lack of food. Disabled people are especially vulnerable during the flood. Government of Bangladesh had started relief programme to face the situation and non- governmental organizations urged to stand by the flood victims. In this context CRP has requested Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), the funding body of the project titled “Strengthening the Establishment of Rights of Disabled People in Bangladesh” to extended their support under the contingency fund. In response to this MJF approved support amounting BDT 400000.00 on August 2007. CRP has also appeal to its individual donors and medicine companies to come forward in this regard. Under this programme dry food, oral dehydration supplements and water purification tablets were distributed among the flood affected extreme poor and disabled people. CRP’s relief distribution programmme was carried out from August to September 2007 in 40 Upazillas under 7 districts.

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Medical care: The hospital at CRP-Savar is the only hospital in Bangladesh that specialises in the treatment of spinal cord injuries. The 100-bed hospital receives over 350 admissions as in-patients each year. Admissions are normally due to traumatic paraplegia, traumatic tetraplegia and conditions caused by disease, but exclusively for the treatment of spinal injuries or illness affecting the spine. Some patients are managed conservatively, whilst others require surgical intervention. The majority of patients arrive a long time after their accident or illness, when complications are difficult to manage …   

Perceptions of disability in Bangladesh: In Bangladesh, physical limitations are often not the most difficult obstacles a disabled person needs to overcome. Attitudes to and perceptions of disability are often even more challenging. As with many Southern countries, there is little awareness in Bangladesh of disability, its causes and consequences. Many ‘traditional’ views on the subject still prevail, especially in rural settings. Disability is often seen as a curse from God, inflicted as retribution for the sins of the disabled person’s parents. Many believe that disability is infectious and that having a disabled person in the house will bring on an ‘evil wind’ after which others will be infected with this condition. Treatment for spinal injuries and other disabling conditions is often based on superstitious methods and performed by untrained village doctors in settings which are neither hygienic nor appropriate. This maltreatment often causes further injury or aggravates the condition of the patient. Avoidable complications are a common consequence of treatment by unqualified practitioners.

Contact. The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, PO CRP-Chapain, Savar, Dhaka 1343, Bangladesh, Tel: (880) 2 7710464/5 – Fax: (880) 2 7710069, email.

About CRP: Founded in 1979 in response to the desperate need for services for spinal injured patients, the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) has developed into an internationally respected organisation. CRP focuses on a holistic approach to rehabilitation, recognising that all aspects of the rehabilitation process are vital for its success:

  •  Physical rehabilitation: through medical and therapeutic interventions and the provision of appropriate mobility aids;
  •  Psychological rehabilitation: through counselling and sharing of experiences
     Economic rehabilitation: through vocational re-training and assistance in securing micro-credit loans;
  •  Planned discharge: for a successful reintegration into the community, ensuring that the home environment is as safe and accessible as possible and that local residents are educated about disability, its causes and consequences.

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