We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...

The focus of this stage of the project is increasing awareness and knowledge of the emergency wheelchair response among humanitarian organisations, and this month Motivation staff attended a key event for the assistive device sector with this as an objective. The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) World Congress, was hosted this year in Lyon. The event is held every three years and is an ideal opportunity for NGOs in the field to meet up and update each other on current projects.

motivation ISPO

The week was packed with side meetings and discussions, and with about 4,300 delegates attending the congress from across the world, we hope that we will have increased awareness of the need for inclusion of wheelchair users in disaster response planning at all levels.

As well as general awareness raising, we were able to meet with the newly formed International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and share with them information about the emergency wheelchair package. ISWP have been formed with the aim of helping wheelchair users be provided with the best technology and the best service worldwide, and are an important body for us to be engaging with.

We also met with HI staff that had been involved in the very early stages of the earthquake response in Nepal and were able to get some first-hand feedback on the logistics of prepositioning wheelchairs which was really timely and interesting to hear. We will be posting more detail on this shortly.

All in all a valuable, if exhausting week!

Subscribe to our newsletters....

Subscribe
 
Elrha © 2018 - 2019 Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110).
Elrha Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The Elrha website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.