June 21, 2021 in Africa, Burundi, Educational Projects for the World, Egypt, Malawi, Sudan, Tanzania

ULP Workshop Seminar in Cairo, June 2021

Practical Workshop in Cairo: ULP Up-To-Date

Our team and students from seven countries in Africa and the Middle East are just back home from Cairo! They spent 10 days there with our expert trainer, Youssef Salam (CPO), in hands-on training on the upper limb prosthetics. This practical workshop seminar is a regular part of the BSc educational program these students enrolled in 2019.

We feel enormous gratitude and relief that everything went as planned, in spite of all the obstacles in organizing face-to-face trainings due to the still raging pandemic and potential risks for all involved.

Anamarija Mirascic, the Project Manager in this educational project and the lead organizer of the event says that “it was very demanding and challenging to organize a practical hands-on workshop and bring people from 7 different countries to one place, taking into consideration that each country has very strict measures and travel requirements due to the COVID19 pandemic, including Egypt, our host country. But, education of our students is for us a priority and we went the extra mile, together with our host, the Orthomedic company, to do everything what it takes to make this event possible.

In the end, the workshop was very successful for all participants, including the patients, who received a full prosthetic evaluation and treatment, and will be able to receive further services in Orthomedics, since two of their employees are participants in the program”.

We are indebted to the company ORTHOMEDICS for welcoming our team and students in their house, providing patient models, well equipped clinical workshop facilities and facilitating procurement of materials and components to be used during the training. Future-oriented and aware that qualification and training of the prosthetics and orthotics cadre is essential for services to people with disabilities, Orthomedics generously contributed to our project by hosting this event.  

The objective of this practical workshop seminar was to teach essential concepts and theories in upper extremity prosthetics, offering students a guided experience in producing and fitting prosthetic aids for three levels of amputations. Several of our students in this group had very little prior experience in prosthetic management of the upper limb. This was for them a rare opportunity to learn and acquire skills in a professional area that is very complex and often neglected in educational programs.

Our next practical workshop seminar for this group, on orthotic management of spinal deformities, will also be held in Cairo in collaboration with Orthomedics. Encouraged by this experience, we really look forward to it!

Thank You to our Model Patients

A firm friendly handshake: our model patient and Youssef Salam

More pictures from the Workshop

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