Advancing Medical Rehabilitation around the World
The International Rehabilitation Fund (IRF) brings together people and institutions that have the passion, expertise and interests in solving issues abroad relating to rehabilitation medicine. We work with universities, governments, and NGOs to accomplish our goals for medical rehabilitation around the world.
Some current projects include:
The Ghana project: The IRF is currently training Dr. Abena Tannor to be Ghana’s first rehabilitation medicine specialist. The training is being done via an online and occasionally in-person travel to Ghana. It has become clear that we must get Dr. Tannor to the US for a few one-month stays. Research in Ghana builds our knowledge of the needs in Africa and also unifies a team of experts around Dr. Tannor. All require funding.
Documenting the Need for Rehabilitation: IRF’s communication director Tom Haig is producing documentaries about the need for rehabilitation medicine in many low resource countries. This project requires funds for his travel, equipment, and production. Any donation advances this work. In addition we encourage the diaspora persons who have travelled to specific countries to organize and raise sufficient funds to send Tom to their country.
The Africa Strategy meeting: With only about 10 rehabilitation physicians in subsaharan Africa, there are many more African rehabilitation doctors working overseas than on the continent. The IRF is planning a meeting of the expert diaspora in the United States so that they can unify and intelligently create change for their families back home. The conference requires major funding including travel funds for African experts to attend.
To encourage involvement of the poorest rehabilitation professional from around the world the IRF charges no membership fees. Thus, its programs are completely dependent on donations from the leadership and others who understand the critical need.
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