Physical rehabilitation centres supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross treated 1,375 patients, between July and the end of October 2014, 53 percent of whom were landmine victims; a figure up from the first half of the year when they saw 1,250 patients, 47 percent of whom are landmine victims.
The figures released on November 28 by the ICRC provide additional figures to demonstrate the impact of line mines in conflict areas.
In Mandalay region, the physical rehabilitation centre in the Ministry of Health’s Yenanthar Leprosy Hospital provided nearly 200 prostheses, of which just 38 went to landmine victims. But in Hpa-an, where the Myanmar Red Cross Society has run a physical rehabilitation centre since 2003, 63 percent of the 1,030 people provided with a prosthesis were landmine victims.
In addition, a new mobile repair service established in 2014 has so far travelled around the country to reach 534 disabled people to conduct repairs on prostheses at their home locations.
In an effort to cope with the large number of people who are disabled in Myanmar; including those injured by land mines, the International Committee of the Red Cross will open support the training of staff for the Myitkyina and Kyaing Tong Physical Rehabilitation Centres being established, starting in 2015.
The ICRC say an ortho-prosthetist can be trained at universities abroad in three years but universities in Myanmar will introduce a four-year ortho-prosthetist training course in 2015, with the first year being common to a range of medical professionals, including physiotherapists, laboratory technicians, radiologists and ortho-prosthetists.