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The project

Created on October 12, 2014 by ICRC Special Fund for the Disabled

The SFD is playing a major role in the Prosthetic & orthotic sector in 42 centres in 29 countries. The aim is to remove – or to reduce as far as possible – restrictions on activities and thereby enable people with physical disabilities to become more independent and enjoy the highest possible quality of life. Various measures, such as medical care, physical rehabilitation including physiotherapy, vocational training, social support, and programmes promoting economic self-reliance, all come into play.  

Adopted early 2014, the new mission of SFD is "to strengthen national capacity in less-resourced countries to remove barriers faced by persons with physical disabilities, by fostering sustainable, accessible and quality physical rehabilitation services and promoting inclusion". SFD supports existing rehabilitation facilities and works in partnership with local organisations and/or national and local authorities, which are given financial/material, technical and educational assistance. 


Prof. Claude Le Coultre, Chairwoman

Honorary Professor at the faculty of medicine of the University of Geneva, previous vice-dean of the faculty and chair of the faculty committee. Since January 2008, she chairs the board of the SFD.

Prof. Dr. Jürg Kesselring, elected Chairman

Prof. Dr. Jürg Kesselring is Head of Department of Neurology & Neurorehabilitation, Rehabilitation Centre, Valens, Switzerland. Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neurorehabilitation, University of Bern and Center of Neuroscience, University and ETH Zürich.


All donations for this project are private for the moment.