Advancing Medical Rehabilitation around the World

The International Rehabilitation Fund (IRF) brings together people and institutions that have the passion, expertise and interests in solving issues abroad relating to rehabilitation medicine. We work with universities, governments, and NGOs to accomplish our goals for medical rehabilitation around the world.


Faster Discharges, Better Outcomes for COVID-19 Patients

Including expert rehabilitation from the very beginning of a health crisis means better functional outcomes for patients. The International Rehabilitation Forum’s global team of volunteer rehabilitation medicine experts has devised several tools to help hospital personnel and patients dealing with COVID-19 work towards better long-term health and a way to release beds for additional care.

Please review the suggested approach to Getting Home After COVID-19 below and click here for additional resources, including:

  • Rehab screening survey for busy nurses
  • Simple patient handout that helps puts success in their own hands.
  • Exercise and education videos to encourage patient rehabilitation.

We encourage free sharing of our materials, with attribution if possible. for practical tools



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.

    To donate to this project please click on this button:

  • (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

    Also "Like" us on . This seemingly small step is VERY important as large numbers will increase our value to sponsors.

  • 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.


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