Improving Rehabilitation Services

The overall aim of this project is to reduce the vulnerability, restore the dignity and increase the resilience of women, girls, boys and men survivors of CW/IEDs (Cluster Weapons / Improvised Explosive Devices), as well as other people with physical and psycho-social impairments, by providing access to life saving support. In Kandahar, this includes improving access to quality rehabilitation care for people with disabilities, while enhancing both the referral system between medical services and patient follow-up. Handicap International is also developing new techniques, such as upper limb prostheses and the treatment of club foot.


Since 1996, Handicap International has managed a rehabilitation center in a regional hospital in Kandahar, in the south of the country. The center runs physiotherapy sessions for patients (people with disabilities and injured people requiring rehabilitation) and produces prostheses, orthosis and mobility aids for people with disabilities in its workshop. Patients from the country’s four southern provinces (Kandahar, Helmand, Zabul and Uruzgan) are treated by male and female staff members (which allows women to benefit from care and orthopedic-fitting); an accommodation center enables people from remote rural districts and those accompanying them to stay at the center if their care requires them to do so. The medical teams also train colleagues from the hospital and the region’s rural clinics, in order to strengthen their understanding of disability and the system for referring patients to appropriate health facilities. In the west of the country, our initial project, which has been up and running since 2003, aims to improve and develop rehabilitation services, mainly by supplying technical and material aid to regional health structures. A network of five clinics and primary health centers will be provided with qualified staff (physiotherapists) to run physiotherapy sessions. We also perform day-to-day activities to support rehabilitation teams working in two other clinics in rural areas and to identify and refer people with disabilities who find it difficult to access care across the province. Lastly, Handicap International provides technical and financial support to local hospitals (regional and district hospitals) by funding some physiotherapy posts and training their medical staff (nurses, midwives and doctors) in disability issues and related medical care. At national level, Handicap International is working to promote the recognition and inclusion of rehabilitation in the Ministry of Health’s policies on basic care, to ensure their development, quality and sustainability.


  • Afghanistan>Kandahar


  • Health
  • Social Services