A large proportion of disability is preventable and achieving international development target of human, economic and social development will undoubtedly reduce the burden of poverty in the developing countries.
Specific steps are required not only for prevention but integration of persons with disability in to the mainstream of development also. The situation can improve only if effective, efficient diagnostic and rehabilitative services are integrated into the 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 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but ground reality is different. Therefore, CHEF international has established Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS) with the support of CBM Germany and ISRA University to train the allied health personnel and facilitate provision of rehabilitative services in terms of cross disabilities.
Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences’ mandate is to develop professionals competent in utilizing selected skills and knowledge in organizing and directing programmes for the care and empowerment of individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by the disease or injury.
Registered with Higher Education Commission and located on the outskirts of Islamabad at the ISRA University Campus, Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences offers various courses on rehabilitative sciences in cross disability like four years degree programmes, two year associate degree programmes and technician courses in Vision Sciences (Optometry & Orthoptics), Audiology (Hearing Sciences), Physical Rehabilitative Sciences (Prosthetics and Orthotics), Neuro-Psycholocial and community-based rehabilitation. Its partner organizations include CBM, JCAHPO, WW Hearing, ICRC and London School of Medicine and Tropical Hygiene.
CHEF International in collaboration with CBM has established state-of-the-art training orthopedic workshop at Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences for the provision of teaching and training facilities to the students of Physical Rehabilitative Sciences. Currently, as many as 150 students are enrolled in different programmes at PIRS.