Opened in 1998, the Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Sulaimaniya provides physiotherapy, the fitting of prostheses for amputees, and vocational training courses. Since its opening, more than 500 people received training and were assisted in the starting up of 300 cooperatives.
Established in response to the high level of landmine injuries in Iraqi Kurdistan, the centre specialises in physiotherapy and in the production of prostheses, orthoses, and walking aids/orthopaedic devices for disabled and amputee patients.In order to assist the homecoming of its patients, EMERGENCY eliminates architectural barriers in their homes. This ensures that patients can be independent and move freely within their own living space. EMERGENCY’s social reintegration program aims to restore its patients’ dignity and to overcome the barriers created by disability by enabling them to regain a livelihood for themselves and their families.
In order to offer these patients the opportunity to lead an independent life, the centre facilitates the occupational reintegration of former patients through professional and vocational training in carpentry, woodwork, tailoring, and shoe-making. Once the courses are over, EMERGENCY guarantees financial and management support for the establishment of small business cooperatives and handicraft workshops until a complete autonomy is reached.
Finally, EMERGENCY’s employment policy for national staff gives priority to people with disabilities and members of disadvantaged social groups. That’s why at the Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration Centre in Sulaimaniya more than half of the national staff is made up of former patients or individuals with physical disabilities.