Life Changing Stories: We Make a Difference
From Kabul: Mahpekay Sidiqy
It is not easy for a woman to work in the medical field in Afghanistan. Mahpekay has been driven by her own circumstances in life to develop her standing as a professional in the prosthetic and orthotic profession: “In addition to my engagement as a Prosthetic & Orthotic (P&O) professional, I am also a bilateral above-knee amputee, and therefore a user of the P&O services myself.” (read more ⇒)
From Syria: Abd al Mowla
“On that September day, my parents, my sister, my two brothers and I were travelling in our pickup truck from Damascus to Idleb. My brother Ahmad was driving. Close to Homs we ran into an ambush. They opened fire on us and two other vehicles. Ahmad stepped on the accelerator as the machine guns rattled a storm of bullets across the road…” (read more ⇒)
From Croatia: How Miloš’s Education and Changed Robert’s Life
“When Robert first came to see me he was a 39-year old man who could not move his body to get out of home. He could not walk further than 20 meters without feeling pain.” (read more ⇒)
OUR STUDENTS ABOUT US
Direct beneficiaries of our projects are our students. As in any school or educational program, also our students are those who profit by acquiring new skills and knowledge, attaining qualification and professional advancement.
Around the world, especially in regions torn by war and disasters, the need for skilled cadre capable of offering immediate help to people who have lost limbs or are physically challenged due to other causes is enormous; and it is exactly in these regions that educational programs in prosthetics and orthotics are lacking. In such circumstances, people come into the P&O profession as “lateral entrants”, not seldom from technical and craft professions. While these people are often very skilled in working with materials, they often lack knowledge in medical sciences and biomechanics.
Conversely, lateral entrants from medical professions normally need a great input in technical skills of production and technical trouble shooting. Our programs combine skills and knowledge in medical, general and P&O sciences to create professionals who can offer a full service and work independently on their level of qualification, with confidence in their knowledge and skills.