The objective of the Afghan Diploma in Prosthetics and Orthotics (ADPO) is to train professionals in the field of prosthetics and orthotics with adequate scientific and technical knowledge, skills and attitude enabling them to manage physically disabled in needs of orthopaedic devices. The ICRC, in close collaboration with the Institute of Health Science (HIS) and the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), developed and managed the training programme. The training programme was implemented following the ICRC Certificate of Professional Competency (CPC) Training Programme procedures and protocols in order to eventually obtain international recognition by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).
The training programme includes Module 1 (Lower Limb Prostheses) Module 2 (Lower Limb Orthoses) and Module 3 (Spinal Orthoses and Upper Limb Prostheses and Orthoses) of the CPC Training Programme, plus additional theoretical courses needed for national recognition. After the completion of each module, a final examination was organized and ISPO invited. Module 1 was completed in February 2010 and all 22 students enrolled successfully completed it. Module 2 was completed in March 2011 and again, all 22 students passed. Module 3 was completed in March 2012 and 17 students successfully completed it.
This first time ever training in prosthetics and orthotics in Afghanistan will serve as a reference for the establishment of a permanent P&O school in the country. A second intake will start during the second semester of 2012, but instead of conducting the training under a modular approach, the training will be conducted under a 3-year approach, as for Cat.II level training in other training institutions.