Disability and rehabilitation

Chinese version of guidelines on prosthetics and orthotics services released

On 4 - 5 November, in Wuhan, China, WHO, the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and two WHO Collaborating Centers (the Centre of Rehabilitation Training and Research at Tongji Medical College and Hospital and the Hong Kong Rehabilitation Society), organized a national workshop to launch the Chinese version of the Guidelines for training personnel in developing countries for prosthetics and orthotics services. China requires thousands of trained personnel to meet its goal "Rehabilitation for all by 2015". These guidelines were a step towards assisting China to plan its human resource requirement to meet the emerging demand for prosthetics and orthotics services within the country. The workshop was well attended with representatives from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the Ministry of Health, universities and institutes providing orthotics and prosthetics training, the China Rehabilitation Devices Association, the China Association of Rehabilitation Medicine and the China Association of Prosthetics and Orthotics. It was agreed that China would adopt the guidelines and upgrade training facilities accordingly.