What we do -

We build sustainable medical rehabilitation programs where they do not exist. IRF acts as an intelligent catalyst, rather than provider of healthcare. We act as a platform or tool for our colleagues who need help on projects.

We build programs that relate to:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Advocacy
  Africa Fellowship

IRF is hosting the first fully accredited two-year Rehabilitation Medicine (PM&R) specialty training in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is designed to deliver multidisciplinary PM&R exposure and lifelong mentoring for African-trained local physicians. These leaders go on to raise interest, instill PM&R programs, and transform care systems for persons with disability in African countries.

The IRF has successfully trained doctors in Ghana and Ethiopia and is looking to expand into Camroon and West Africa.

  IRF Films
Kollywood Studios/Cinema Dakar

IRF Communications Director Tom Haig has twice embedded himself in disability communities in low resource countries to both produce videos and teach video production to persons with disability. The Kollywood Studios project produced more than 30 videos, mostly in Nepalese, on nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and disability inclusion. To date they have been viewed more than 40,000 times.

Cinema Dakar saw Tom moving to Senegal to teach video production to persons with disability at the Centre Talibou Dabo, Dakarís main disability school, and the Centre Hospitalier de líOrdre de Malte, West Africaís main leprosy rehabilitation center. Students learned everything from script writing to video editing.


Additional Resources

  The IRF supports the mission of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The W.H.O. has divided the Rehabalitation Medicine World into six official regions. Click Here for a list of national rehabilitation programs throughout the world.
  The IRF is affiliated with several universities and NGO's. Click Here for the list.

If you would like your organization listed, please email IRF Communications Director, Tom Haig. .


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