On the Ground
Building the Organization
The IRF works in conjunction with:
Some current projects include:
The African Fellowship Project: Globally, an estimated 1 billion persons live with disability, with approximately 80% residing in lower resource countries. Rehabilitation Medicine is fundamental for restoring function and improving the quality of persons with disability, yet Rehabilitation Medicine remain under-developed in low to middle income countries, where the need is greatest. The continent of Africa bears 24% of the world’s burden of disease but has only 3% of health providers, on a budget of less than 1% of the worlds health expenditure. This enormous disease burden and it associated disability are amenable to Rehabilitation. Sub-Saharan Africa, with its 1.1 billion people is only served by only 6 Physical Medicine doctors, all located in South Africa.
Ghana, like most Sub-Saharan Africa is devoid of this fundamental health service but has about 15% of its population with disability. Rehabilitation medicine has been shown, in addition to community based integration programs, results in improved survival, better quality of life, and economic benefits to the community at large. To contribute solutions to these disparities impacting children and women in Ghana, we seek to build Medical Rehabilitation at Ghana’s second largest hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, through collaboration with Ghanaians.
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(For a comprehensive description of Cinema Dakar, please click HERE.)
Cinema Dakar is a project in conjunction with the Centre Talibou Dabo, a K-12 school in Dakar, Senegal that caters to students with disability. In December of 2019, The IRF sent Communications Director, Tom Haig, to the CTD to teach video production. The program not only included instruction, but also donations of camera equipment and computers so the students can keep the program alive long after the initial training is complete.
The initial program was a tremendous success with dozens of students participating in the program. Unfortunately due to Covid-19, Tom was required to return to the States before the official termination of the project. But plans are already in place for Tom to return to the CTD depending on travel restrictions and school openings.
Financial donations are still being accepted at:
For equipment donations, please contact Tom directly at 541.231.6583 or email@example.com
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The Africa Strategy meeting: With only about 10 rehabilitation
physicians in subsaharan Africa, there are many more African
rehabilitation doctors working overseas than on the continent. The IRF
is planning a meeting of the expert diaspora in the United States so
that they can unify and intelligently create change for their families
back home. The conference requires major funding including travel funds
for African experts to attend.
To encourage involvement of the poorest rehabilitation professional from around the world the IRF charges no membership fees. Thus, its
programs are completely dependent on donations from the leadership and
others who understand the critical need.