U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.
Through the Leahy War Victims Fund, USAID undertakes efforts to respond to the needs of civilian victims of conflict in war-affected developing countries, by providing a dedicated source of financial and technical assistance for people living with disabilities, particularly those who have sustained mobility-related injuries from unexploded ordnance, antipersonnel landmines, and other direct and indirect causes of disability.
ISPO Cat I and Cat II impact assessment exercise, in Monduli (Tanzania), 2012
Over time, the Fund has expanded its scope and does now not only delivers immediate care to those in need, but also contributes to the design and enforcement of international standards to ensure that practitioners who provide care to survivors are competent, and ensures that treatment and equipment are used effectively to increase the mobility of people with disabilities around the world.
Since the mid-1990s, ISPO has had the great privilege of partnering with USAID in a number of projects, which between 2000 and 2015 had been put under a formal agreement. The organizations evaluated and field-tested commonly used prosthetic and orthotic technologies and techniques, developed protocols and tools to measure the costs of rehabilitation, and monitored and evaluated programs. The results of that body of work enable the LWVF to better analyse project funding requests and evaluate the impact of its programming.
Through the LWVF, USAID funded a number of ISPO activities aimed to “Facilitate the rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities in developing countries”.
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