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ISPO Brazil

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Website: http://ispobrasil.org/

 

ISPO Brazil now possesses a solid basis thanks to its close collaboration with the historic and nationally renowned organization: the Brazilian Association of Technical Orthotics (Associação Brasileira de Ortopedia Técnica – ABOTEC). Several important members of ABOTEC’s directorship are also part of ISPO Brazil, playing an important role in the development and consolidation of ISPO Brazil.

Governance

The current structure of ISPO Brazil is as follows:

President - Joaquim Cunha (O&P)

Vice-President - Peter Kuhn (O&P)

First Secretary - Henrique Grego Maia (O&P)

Second Secretary - Aysllan Santiago

First Treasurer - Cloves Serra (O&P)

Second Treasurer -Luciano Nascimento

International Representative - Joaquim Cunha (O&P)

 

Membership

Currently, ISPO Brazil counts on 215 members, and ISPO Brasil’s goal regarding membership is to end the year of 2013 with over 300 members.

National Congress

ISPO Brazil plans to hold its National Congress between the 28th of July and the 2nd of August 2013, in the city of São Paulo (Brazil). In an exclusive partnership with ABOTEC, and with the support of the Federal Government, ISPO Brazil is co-responsible for the 1st International and Brazilian Congress on Orthotics, Prosthetics and Rehabilitation. The organization expects over 1000 participants.

Education & Standards

From February 2013 onwards, ISPO Brazil professionals will be giving practical courses on prosthetics and orthotics to students of the São Paulo State Government technical schools. São Paulo is the most industrialized State in Brazil, possessing the biggest number of people with special mobility requirements.

Facts and Figures

According to official data – gathered by the Brazilian Government through the “Plano Viver Sem Limites” (Living Without Limits Plan) –, there are 45 Million people in need of some sort of assistive device today. Of those, it can be estimated that 25 Million people need P&O assistance, while only 2000 professionals possess basic certification out of which 600 professionals have technical training that is according to ISPO standards (P&O training, Universidad Don Bosco).