A large proportion of disability is preventable; achieving international development target of human, economic and social development will undoubtedly reduce the burden of poverty in developing countries.
Specific steps are required for not only prevention but integration of persons with disability in to the mainstream of development. The situation improves only if the effective, efficient diagnostic and rehabilitative services are well integrated in to national health systems. Investing in Human resource development is the most cost effective means of alleviating poverty and encouraging sustainable development. Pakistan is signatory to the convention on the rights of persons with disability but ground reality is different. Therefore, CHEF international established Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS) with support of CBM Germany and ISRA University, to train the Allied Health Personnel and facilitate the provision of rehabilitative services in terms of cross disabilities. The institute mandate is to develop professionals fully competent in utilizing selected skills and knowledge in organizing and directing programs for the care and empowerment of individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury.
HEC registered and located in the outskirts of Islamabad at the ISRA University Campus, PIRS offers different courses on rehabilitative sciences in cross disability like four year degree Programmes, two year associate degree programmes, and technician courses in in Vision Sciences (Optometry & Orthoptics), Audiology (Hearing Sciences), Physical Rehabilitative Sciences (Prosthetics and Orthotics), Neuro-psycholocial and community-based rehabilitation. Its partners’ organizations include CBM, JCAHPO, WW Hearing, ICRC, London School of Medicine and Tropical Hygiene.
CHEF-International in collaboration with CBM has established one state of the art training orthopedic workshop at PIRS with the provision of services of a consultant from CBM. This workshop is providing teaching and training facility for the students of Physical Rehabilitative Sciences. Currently, a total number of 150 students are enrolled in different program of PIRS.