Livability International has engaged in overseas work, especially in South and South East Asia for over 20 years.
Our initial work overseas from 1995-1998 focused on the development of nursing services and nursing education at the Centre for Rehabilitation of Paralysed (CRP) Bangladesh. Later, in 1998-2001, the work at CRP expanded to include improving overall rehabilitation management and services and organisational development of CRP. These inputs have contributed to CRP becoming a model in the provision of comprehensive rehabilitation programmes in the Asian region.
From this starting point in Bangladesh, Livability International involvement has progressively scaled outwards to encompass other countries of the region including Nepal and Sri Lanka, and at the same time we act as the catalyst for cross-country, networking, training, pooling and exchange of expertise, learning materials and treatment protocols in the field of disability and rehabilitation management.
Livability International remains committed to increasing opportunities for disabled people in the developing world to live full active and inclusive lives. We continue to focus on increasing the quality and coverage of comprehensive rehabilitation services and realise that the absence of such services condemn many disabled people to lives of poverty, to complications and ultimately to early and unnecessary deaths.
We remain committed to ensuring that what we do has a long lasting impact and that the organisations with whom we work have the capacity to sustain and deliver good quality services to the people that they serve. In this regard the Livability International programme is innovative and has evolved to incorporate a number of inter-related elements.
Where we work
Centre for Rehabilitation for Paralysed (CRP), Dhakawas where Livability International had its origins, as it was in partnership with CRP that the Livability International work related to SCI and other disabilities began.
CRP is now well established and recognized as a service and training organization in Bangladesh, providing rehabilitation services to over 100 in-patients and 250 out-patients at any one time.
Nepal is where our partner organisation, the Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC), provides rehabilitation services to 30 plus patients at any given time, and is well on its way to developing Nepals first purpose built rehabilitation treatment and training centre.
In Sri Lanka, Livability International has been working with the government health care system to develop and expand services for persons with SCI from the national level, through the provincial level, to the community. The focus of this work has been on capacity building on SCI for staff at national and provincial level, in collaboration with key stakeholders such as the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka. Training has been conducted for doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupation therapists and family caregivers.
International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)
Livability International is represented on the Education Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society and on the Editorial Board of its journal Spinal Cord. Through this representation we work alongside ISCoS in supporting the development of rehabilitation services and education in the developing world.
Asian Spinal Cord Network (ASCoN)
The Asian Spinal Cord Network was initiated in 2001 by Livability following a meeting of regional experts during the International Conference on Spinal Cord Lesion Management, which was hosted by the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh. ASCoN has 75 member organisations in 18 countries in Asia. Through ASCoN’s work:
- Organisations working in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) management can address problems experienced
- There are increased opportunities for ASCoN member organisations to learn from each other.
- Good examples of SCI management can be replicated across the region.