Monday, October 19, 2015


Private sector can be referred as the citizen sector, which has a group or individual approach to employ most of the workforce in a country. An easier way to think of the private sector is by thinking of sectors that are not operated or owned by the government for example private hospitals, clinics, private schools, private transport, banking, department stores, restaurants, tourism industry. Private sectors can develop sustainable long-term relationships with local community by offering humanitarian aid and creating vocational training centers to train and place disabled worker in private firm. This creates a firm grip in the community by facilitating the company’s effort in doing business in the area. These flourishing sectors can highly contribute as a fundraiser in the field of disability and also provide an equal opportunity to a person with disability by supporting them as a source of bread winners of a family. Let’s not forget that a disabled person is someone who is differently able and can be  asset to a family if given an opportunity to reach out depending on his level of disability. Private sector should hold a strong grip from grass root level to act during humanitarian crisis. Here the grass root level signifies the local level- the local business that flourishes in the community this is often the first responder after a crisis. 

An enormous number of physiotherapists work in private hospitals, clinics. It’s quite affirmative that these PTs get maximal number of clients with disability. Healthy networking and link up with private firms can be beneficial to get a proper data of disable clients that have been undergoing treatment and their records on successful stories. This can be one of the best methods to reach many unreached and meet the many unmet needs of people with disability to make allowance for education, employment, provide them with transportation facilities, special discount in restaurants and other public places. People with speech and hearing, physical impairments are often dominated and are isolated  from our society. A provision should be passed to give job offers to such impaired people in non-government organizations such as restaurants and schools. Such provision will definitely help them to generate income, achieve respect in the community, increase confidence, make more friend and explore many more new abilities overall a life changing experience by employees with disabilities. It’s good to see how private sector are operating and ensuring how their operations are being widely benefited to emergency, preparedness and response at global , national and local level.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Role of Physiotherapist(PTs) in Humanitarian Crisis

Humanitarian crisis is defined as a series of events that are alarming in terms of natural disasters, epidemics, famine, conflicts, wars and exclusions. Life is uncertain to predict on crisis that may pound in one’s life leading to an unstable and hazardous situation affecting an individual, community and nation as a whole. Humanitarian crisis are often interconnected and complex and several national and international agencies play vital role to overcome the events by adding hopes, smiles, positivity to the survivors.

PTs play a major role in the rehabilitation of survivors who are left with physical injuries such as amputation, spinal cord injury, head injury, fractures and other forms of disablement. Treating disaster survivor would always be challenging task to PTs as one should take a note of their emotional outburst and psychological stress with lots of patience. PTs should be channelized from preparedness to response and relief after disaster as a fundamental part of a team. In preparedness phase community as a whole should be able to respond when catastrophe occur by collaborating with community partners to plan training, exercising, equipping. During response phase depending upon the worst hit areas PTs should be mobilized. Quick assessment to manage huge case load should be kept in account. Prescribing exercise, chest physio, safe transfer, early bed mobilization, assessment for mobility aids and prosthesis and orthosis are major responsibilities of PTs. During post disaster phase PTs should encourage patients for regular follow-up to prevent further complications.

Therefore PT and rehab professionals have major part to act in humanitarian crisis to prevent long term disability and enhancing standards of living.