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Projects with the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIIPMR), Worli
AIIPMR are a Government Organization, running a Centre at Worli to support the physically challenged. On a visit there by the Rotarians, a question by one the inquisitive Rotarians was “ With their physical mobility problems how do the patients manage to come every time they have a problem?”, resulted in our supporting this Project. Presently the Public transportation in Mumbai is not user friendly for the physically challenged. Wheel Chairs cannot be transported, absence of ramps etc.
A Trial Project to start a Mobile Domiciliary Rehabilitation cum repair van, with the object of going closer to the patients in the distant Central and Western Suburbs was started. It was proposed that the Van would also provide transport for those patients needing to visit the AIIPMR Centre at Worli.
This specially designed Ambulance/Van, fitted with a hydraulic lift and seat was donated by our Club, and maintained for three years. The Project was found very useful, and the World Bank approved the supply of two such Ambulances in other areas.
Based on the concept of ‘service at your doorstep’, a Van was donated and equipped to carry Technical Staff (occupational therapist, physiotherapist, Prosthetic and Orthotic Technicians) to the defined areas for domiciliary service like rehabilitation of the severely disabled, provide repairs, measurement and delivery of prosthesis and orthotics in those far off areas.
The Project ran for three years and a large number of physically handicapped benefitted.
Besides the supply of the Ambulance, we have also donated a Printing Press to AIIPMR, so as to train the physically challenged in the skills of running a printing machine, which would enable them to find employment with Printing Presses.