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Rehabilitation in sudden onset disasters.

September 2015

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The role of rehabilitation professionals in responding to Sudden Onset Disasters (SODs) is evolving rapidly, and our professions increasingly find themselves at the forefront of emergency response teams. At the same time, there is a movement towards the professionalisation of the humanitarian response sector, in particular Emergency Medical Teams, and a recognition that specialist training is required to prepare professionals for work in an austere humanitarian environment. The intended audience of the manual are physiotherapists and occupational therapists who may deploy to provide rehabilitation in the immediate aftermath of a sudden onset disaster. It was developed to support volunteers on the UK International Emergency Trauma Register (UKIETR), but with the aim of being relevant to all rehabilitation professionals interested in rapid deployment to austere environments. The content is restricted to the context of sudden onset disasters such as an earthquake or tsunami, and has been developed to support work in an austere environment, where the type of equipment and support that is normally available has been disrupted. UKIETR professionals are UK based volunteers who receive specialist training to prepare them for international deployment as part of team in response to emergencies. They may be deployed within a multi-disciplinary foreign medical team in a field hospital scenario, or as part of a more specialist ‘cell’ offering niche medical, surgical or rehabilitation services. The manual is designed to complement the three day core rehabilitation training run by Handicap International which all UKIETR members must attend. It is a clinical manual, and the contents are directly linked to modules taught on the core training course. In addition there are a number of ‘cheat sheets’ and patient education resources at the back of the manual which are designed to be used in the field. Chapters include: rehabilitation and the UKIETR; introduction to rehabilitation following sudden onset disasters; amputee rehabilitation; spinal cord injury; peripheral nerve injury; fractures; burns and soft tissue injury; and acquired brain injury

The provision of wheeled mobility and positioning devices

GARTON, Francesca
URSEAU, Isabelle
July 2012

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This policy brief provides an overview of Handicap International’s 2012 policy paper on the provision of wheeled mobility and positioning devices (WP&MD) for people with disabilities
PP Brief No 9
Note: this policy should be read in conjunction with Handicap International’s rehabilitation policy paper which provides a broad framework for understanding the organization’s work on rehabilitation, including WP & MD

Rehabilitation services unit annual report 2010

URSEAU, Isabelle
Ed
2011

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This 2010 annual report, produced by Handicap International’s rehabilitation services unit, illustrates the activities of the unit, the programmes and the key strategies and approaches for improving access to rehabilitation services. It would be useful to those who work with rehabilitation services in the field of disability and development

Rehabilitation technical unit annual report 2009

URSEAU, Isabelle
Ed
2010

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This report details the programmes supported by Handicap International’s rehabilitation technical unit. It also explores the strategies, project approaches and activities implemented by the unit in 2009. It is interesting to anyone interested in rehabilitation services in the field of disability and development

Preliminary guidelines for the implementation of community based rehabilitation (CBR) approaches in rural, remote and Indigenous communities in Australia

KUIPARS, P
ALLEN, O
September 2004

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This article summarises a forum of health professionals that was held in Brisbane in 2003 to discuss the potential for CBR approaches to be used in remote, rural and indigenous communities regions in Australia. The forum identified principles and guidelines for the development of CBR and recognised that CBR has yet to make a significant impact on the service system in Australia. Forum members noted its potential, and called for recognition of the need for greater community involvement in disability services, the need to develop appropriate training frameworks, and the need to redirect resources to such community models. This article is useful to people with disabilities, rural community members, indigenous people, policy makers and health professionals
Rural and Remote Health 4 (online), No 291

Medbox : the aid library

MEDBOX

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Medbox is an online library aimed at improving the quality of healthcare in humanitarian action. An independent internet platform supported by international agencies and scientific institutions active in humanitarian assistance and development, this resource collates online professional guidelines, textbooks and practical documents on health action.

 

Resources are divided under the following main headings: Key resources (subheadings include Disaster Preparedness, WASH, Project Cycle Management), Clinical Guidelines, Pharmacy and Technologies, Women and Child Health, Public Health, Countries and Toolboxes

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