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Resource Name: Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP)
Country of Origin: Bangladesh
Address : PO CRP-Chapain
State or Province: Dhaka s
Zip or Mail Code: 1343
Telephone: (880) 2 7710464/5 or (880) 2 7711766
Fax: (880) 2 7710069
History of CRP
The Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed, commonly known as CRP, is an organisation which was founded in 1979 by a small group of Bangladeshis and Valerie Taylor OBE.
Miss Taylor came to the country (then known as East Pakistan) in 1969 as a VSO physiotherapist, and was appalled at the lack of facilities for the disabled and the often poor diagnosis by local doctors.
The situation for the disabled was worsened in the aftermath of the 1971 Independence War, after which Bangladesh won its independence from Pakistan.
After many years of disappointments and setbacks, CRP was opened in 1979, The premises were two cement storerooms in the grounds of a Dhaka hospital. The capacity soon grew from 4 patients to about 50.
During the next 10 years, CRP move premises three times, the last move being in 1990 to the present site at Savar, 25 km west of Dhaka.
CRP is the only organisation of its kind in Bangladesh, a country with a population of 132 million.
Disabled people in Bangladesh are especially vulnerable. The World Health Organisation estimates that 10% of the population in Bangladesh, as in most developing countries, are disabled.
CRP's objectives are:
At present CRP has three functioning sub-centres at Gonokbari (Savar), Dhaka City Centre (Mohammadpur) and Gobindapur (Mouvlibazar District). CRP is also constructing a new rehabilitation centre at Mirpur in Dhaka. When this centre is complete (scheduled for early 2003), CRP-Dhaka City Centre will relocate to CRP-Mirpur
CRP Savar accommodates both in-patients (100 beds) and out-patients. The majority of patients have suffered disability as a result of accidents. Other common causes of disability are strokes, various orthopaedic and neurological conditions and children with cerebral palsy.
The Bangladesh Health Professions Institute is a training academy based at CRP Savar, giving training up to BSc (Honours) Degree standard. Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Rehabilitation Nurses, Special Education Teachers and Community Based Rehabilitation Workers are all trained at CRP.
Quoted from the website.
Disability Association(s): All Disabilities
Internet Location: http://www.crp-bangladesh.com
Internet Resource Type: Web Site
Resource Type: Rehabilitation resource
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