Humam Sadek, born and raised in Aleppo, Syria became a student in a training program in prosthetics and orthotics with Human Study e.V. in 2015, which led him to acquire an Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist degree in 2017. He first entered the profession after his brother was left an amputee due to an injury he suffered at a protest against the regime.
Now, Humam realized that to be able to make a true impact and help people who suffered injuries due to the conflict in Syria, he needed to go further in his education and become qualified to train others. The need for qualified prosthetists in Syria is increasing by the day. At least 30,000 Syrians have lost limbs in the war, according to conservative estimates, with at least 60 new amputees registered in Syria each week. In a situation like this, medical professionals are struggling to keep up with the demand for services.
Determined to become trainers in prosthetics and orthotics, Humam and 7 of his Syrian colleagues continued their education after acquiring the Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist degree by entering into a bachelor prosthetics & orthotics program. This program qualifies students on the highest level of qualification in prosthetics and orthotics according to international standards (ISPO Prosthetist/Orthotist level), enabling them to serve as trainers and teachers of others in the profession.
Humam and his peers are now in the second out of six semesters of the program, investing an outstanding effort to learn, while the war continues to rage around them and their lives are at stake. The fact that the continuation of the program is threatened due to the lack of funds adds to the daily hardship that they have to face and makes their hearts sink. The fund that has financed the education for Humam and his colleagues until now will not be continued after the second semester. Without the continuation of funding, Humam and his colleagues will not be able to reach the desired qualification.
Resulting from the work Human Study e.V. has been able to do in and for Syria, there are over 20 qualified prosthetic and orthotic practitioners (Associate P&Os) treating Syrian patients every day. But this is just the first step in the right direction. Building local training capacities will make the invested efforts sustainable and far-reaching by contributing to the development of a setting in which the training of the much-needed cadre can be continued.
OUR GOAL in Human Study e.V. is to ensure that the local professionals are able to train new generations of prosthetic and orthotic professionals, improving the quality and quantity of services offered to people with disabilities in the region.
YOUR SUPPORT will help us reach this goal and help victims of war and other people with disabilities in Syria get a chance of proper treatment in their home country. Your donation is tax deductible!
Please also check our videos made by the Australian Broadcasting Cooperation and by SEMA (Syrian Expatriate Medical Association), to meet some of our students and get an insight into what our work is about.
Support Human Study e.V. with the reference “For Syria” to the following bank account:
Name of the Bank: Bank für Sozialwirtschaft
Address of the Bank: Wörthstrasse 15-17, 50668 Köln, Germany
Account holder: Human Study e.V.
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