ISPO's Report on the Nippon Foundation
Tuesday 19 February 2019
Since the 1990s, the Nippon Foundation have been very generous supporters of people who require prosthetic and orthotic devices. Their aim was to help people and, in that process, they have supported prosthetic and orthotic services by supporting staff, providing scholarships for students, bricks-and-mortar for new schools and related facilities, materials and supplies both for training and clinical services, high-level training for future leaders, knowledge-sharing platforms and other support.
The effectiveness of the generous investments of the Nippon Foundation has established and transformed Prosthetic and Orthotic Services in South East Asia.
The Nippon Foundation commissioned an evaluation through the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) with the broad aim to learn about the impact of their investments in P&O. The report on this evaluation is now at the stage of the final draft and presents overwhelming evidence of the vast difference that this investment in P&O has made to the lives of the many beneficiaries of these services. A session at the ISPO World Congress in Kobe will present some details of this great work.
At a time when the focus of the United Nations and the WHO is on individuals with disabilities and their needs, this report gives an outline of how investment in services for individuals with disabilities can bring about change.
On Monday 21st January, a copy of the final draft report was presented to Mr. Sasakawa, the Chairman of The Nippon Foundation at the Nippon Foundation office in Tokyo by ISPO President Friedbert Kohler OAM (see picture below).