There is an overwhelming and growing number of people with disabilities in the world. According to the World Report on Disability (WHO, 2011), between 110 million and 190 million adults across the globe experience significant difficulties in functioning. People with physical disabilities often require access to Prosthetic and Orthotic services to aid their mobility and enable them to be active in society. Sadly, only 1 in 10 people in the world can access these essential services and so, often, they remain excluded from basic inclusion in society.
In many developing countries, because of lack of resources and without robust health systems, people with disabilities are even more likely to be denied basic health services and so left untreated and neglected, their disabilities worsen.
The SBC Foundation Centre partners, Exceed, specialise in Prosthetics and Orthotics skills training. In February 2020, seven students from countries across the globe, including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, the Philippines and Lao PDR, joined the Prosthetic and Orthotic Technicians Training Programme, provided by Exceed and funded by The SBC Foundation.