Visiting Tajik delegation learns from India’s disability and rehabilitation programme

WHO/Satish Mishra

WHO in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection is implementing a disability rehabilitation programme in Tajikistan to help with the development of a national rehabilitation policy, system and services. The project is focused specifically on community-based rehabilitation and human resource development in the field of rehabilitation.

One of the essential components of the programme is to orient and sensitize policy-makers and implementers, service providers and trainers on quality disability and rehabilitation programmes and services. 

To this end, a high-level delegation from Tajikistan visited India on 2–10 May 2014 to observe and learn from India’s: 
• disability rehabilitation policy and system; 
• human resource development in the field of rehabilitation; 
• rehabilitation service components (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, assistive devices etc) ; 
• types of services (community based, centre based, outreach programmes, mobile programmes);
• inclusive public health care system; and
• rights-based approach to disability rehabilitation.
The high-level delegation included policy-makers and administrators, service providers and researchers on disability rehabilitation in Tajikistan. The delegation visited various governmental and nongovernmental organizations/institutions in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai addressing disability issues as well as training institutes in the field of rehabilitation. The delegation also visited community-based rehabilitation projects in rural areas and became familiar with principles of inclusive community development.