CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SPINAL INJURY REHABILITATION CENTRE (SIRC)

Project CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SPINAL INJURY REHABILITATION CENTRE (SIRC)
Objectives

• Increase access to health and medical services • Provide additional support to SIRC staff • Improve knowledge on rehab patient care of the current staff.

Project Partners Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC)
Activities

• Deployed 4 rehab teams consisted of rehab specialists, physio therapists, rehab nurse, and occupational therapists. • Trained 15 staff on patient documentation, passive and active range of motion exercises, bladder and bowel care, rehab exercises, and adaptive equipment.

NO. OF BENEFICIARIES Over 400 patients

Locations Kathmandu, Nepal
Period June 2015 – January 2017 (ongoing)
Accomplishments

• Deployed 4 rehab teams consisted of rehab specialists, physio therapists, rehab nurse, and occupational therapists. • Trained 15 staff on patient documentation, passive and active range of motion exercises, bladder and bowel care, rehab exercises, and adaptive equipment.

BACKGROUND

Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) is a 51-bedded charity rehabilitation hospital with no acute facilities and housed in a 2-storey building deemed as safe. However, 2 of the 4 wards were sealed o and under reconstruction due to extensive damages caused by the 2015 earthquake. SIRC is staed with 1 medical officer and 8 nurses, backed up with several nurse volunteers, 1 physical therapist and 5 physical therapist assistants. SIRC is the only dedicated spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital in Nepal. Prior to the 2015 earthquake there were 38 patients, however there was an inøux of cases after the disaster, with the patient number rising to 93. Furthermore, spinal cord injury is common in Nepal as the villagers commonly carry heavy loads on their head. The increase weights are transmitted down to the cervical vertebrae with increased pressure on the spinal cord, thus causing injuries.

MERCY MALAYSIA’S EFFORTS/ ACTIVITIES MERCY Malaysia deployed its rst rehab team to SIRC in June 2015, approximately 2 months after the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal late April 2015. The second team was deployed in September 2015. Due to the blockade imposed by the Indian government on Nepal, subsequent deployments were temporarily halted from September 2015 to March 2016. Subsequently, 2 more deployments of rehab teams were sent to SIRC to complete the project. In addition, 1 team consisting of 2 SIRC sta spent a month in Malaysia to observe the Rehab services oered here. This was done to facilitate the transfer of knowledge, skills, and technology between the two organizations.