National Disabled Fund (NDF) has been delivering service of Physical Rehabilitation consisting of mainly Physiotherapy and Prosthetic and Orthotic services since 1981.
Physical Rehabilitation Services project is one of the main projects of the NDF which have been running under prime objectives of rendering quality physical rehabilitation services to socio economically poor people with disabilities (PwDs) of Nepal. Producing assistive Devices and physiotherapy services are the services available in the centre. Mainly orthosis and prosthesis devices are manufactured. Similarly, walking and mobility aids and development aids are distributed to the disabled people after proper assessment. Apart from these, the Persons with Disabilities who need surgery are referred to the respective hospitals. After surgery, the clients are followed up by the centre and assisted further whether they need physiotherapy, orthosis or prosthesis devices. The strength of the physical rehabilitation services is that it has well qualified and experienced staffs and has a well set up orthopedic appliances production centre .The Centre is centrally located and well known to the government bodies and other organizations and has an upgraded modernized workshop with modern machine and equipments.
The concept of the project is to access physical Rehabilitation services for people with disabilities. The project goal is to make the Persons with Disabilities economically sustained, socially acceptable and be physically mobile. The targeted beneficiaries of this project are the poor Persons with Disabilities mostly post polio, amputee, stroke, cp, other orthopedic congenital deformity and conflict victims. During the reporting period total 605 Persons with Disabilities directly benefited from different services and appliances/ devices of this project.
Under Physical Rehabilitation Service Project NDF has been providing following services:
NDF has a long experience in providing Physiotherapy Service. Physiotherapy is a kind of treatment, which prevents disease and deformity. Physiotherapists work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury or are the result of ageing or life changing events.
Assistive Device Distribution
NDF produce and provides assistive device such as prosthesis and orthotic, and mobility aids (Crutches, Wheelchairs, White Cane, etc.) to supports and help persons with disabilities to lead as normal life in main stream creating barrier free environment. NDF has its own well equipped workshop with modern and high tech machines, tools and experience human resource.
Community based Rehabilitation (CBR)
NDF mobilizes community disability workers (CDW) in the community level. The main objective of CDW mobilization is provide door to door service for PWDS and develop home environment based practical ‘therapy’ to develop potential and minimize/prevent complications.
The objective of this service is to inform clients about the rehab service and recommend them to other centers or facilities based on clients requirements. The counselor also provide adequate information to the people in the society regarding disability in order to avoid discrimination and create awareness among the people in the society regarding disability in order to avoid discrimination and create awareness among the people making them aware about their rights.
Mobile & Mini Mobile Camps
As a part of community outreach service, mobile camps are organized to increase access to the person with disabilities living in remote and difficult access area with the quality physical rehabilitation services. There are four phase of mobile camps:
1. Feasibility study
3. Fitment and
4. Follow up
Together with physiotherapy services, the camps intends to provide counseling services to inform its target beneficiaries about the rehabilitation services and make them aware regarding their provided rights.
Occupational Therapy Service
NDF has been providing Occupational Therapy focuses on the personal independence in daily activities and functional rehabilitation. Occupational Therapist provides needful and helpful therapy for PWDS.