The Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) was founded in 1979 in response to the need for services for patients with spinal injuries. It focuses on a holistic approach to rehabilitation, through medical, therapeutic, psychological and economic interventions, as well as human rights, poverty alleviation, healthcare provision and education.
The centre is the only one of its kind in Bangladesh and has developed into an internationally respected organisation. CRP has four main tenets for aiding the rehabilitation of patients;
- Physical rehabilitation: through medical and therapeutic interventions and the provision of appropriate mobility aids
- Psychological rehabilitation: through counselling and sharing of experiences
- Economic rehabilitation: through vocational re-training and assistance in securing micro-credit loans
- Planned discharge: for a successful reintegration into the community, ensuring that the home environment is as safe and accessible as possible and that local residents are educated about disability, its causes and consequences
CRP’s headquarters is in Savar with an additional three functioning sub-centres throughout Bangladesh. CRP-Gonokbari is a residential vocational re-training centre for disabled women and girls, CRP-Gobindapur is a centre for out-patient and community based services in Sylhet Division and CRP-Mirpur is a thirteen-storey centre in Dhaka which provides medical, therapy and diagnostic services in addition to having several floors available for rent.
In addition to its work providing rehabilitation services for disabled people, CRP’s academic institute, the Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), has pioneered the training of relevant health professionals in Bangladesh. Courses are run up to BSc. Honours Degree level and affiliated with renowned institutions including Dhaka University and the Bangladesh State Medical Faculty. Some courses are the only ones of their kind in the country. BHPI is a national resource of Bangladesh, without which the quality of health services throughout the country and the future of vital health professions would be seriously compromised.
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