Syria – Education: Contributing to a Better Future for Disabled People
28 January 2018
Posted by: Adeline Prieur
Due to the ongoing conflict in the country, Syria is having an increased disability rate of 130 per cent. 86,000 people had injuries that led to amputation during the war. Approximately 30,000 people get injured every month. Medical professionals are struggling to keep up with the demand for prosthetic limbs and orthotic devices.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 1.5 million people in Syria live with permanent disabilities.
Through ISPO partner Human Study e.V. (HS) Distance Learning programmes, professionals without formal education in developing countries and countries affected by war and other disasters can become prosthetic and orthotic professionals and contribute to helping those in need in their countries.
An inspirational story: Humam Sadek
Humam is a 23-year-old orthopaedic technician born and raised in Aleppo city in Syria. He lives with his mother and a disabled father. He lost his brother during the war. Humam decided to become an orthopaedic technician when his friend’s little brother lost both legs during the war.
Humam joined the Human Study e.V. educational program in 2015, which made it possible for him and other Syrian practitioners to start providing quality services to people in need in Syria.
Despite challenging conditions in Syria, Humam, Salah, Luai and the other students work hard to care for as many patients as they can. They work in conditions that are hard to imagine and impossible to predict. But they are eager to do what they can, both as humans and as professionals, to contribute to the solution of the challenges affecting their country and their lives.
Their solution for a better tomorrow for disabled people is education. Humam and the other practitioners would like to pursue their education to a Category I/ Bachelor Upgrade level and becoming trainers of the new generations of prosthetic and orthotic professionals in Syria.
Learn more about Humam and his colleagues.