IPC and IOC Join Forces for Project in Angola
rehabilitation of amputees and other persons with a disability has been initiated and supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The project is being carried out in collaboration with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Angolan National Paralympic Committee (NPC), the Angolan government, the National Olympic Committee and the MINSA
Rehabilitation Center in Huambo, Angola.
Eight physiotherapists and sport trainers receive specialized training during three sessions (one to two weeks each). The first training was successfully implemented from 1 to 5 November 2004. A second training will take place from 24 January to 4 February, a third from 18 to 30 July 2005.
Sport equipment has also been provided to the Centre to enable the patients to organize sports activities throughout the year, thereby ensuring a better rehabilitation process and developing sports skills.
The IPC selected Jorge Carvalho, Secretary General of the Portuguese NPC, to conduct the training. "It is exciting to be working in co-operation with the IOC on a pilot project in Angola that provides benefit to persons with disabilities, mainly victims of war, through including sport in their rehabilitation," he stated.
Angola was chosen as the site for the pilot for this project as it is among the top three most affected countries for landmines in the world. From 1975 to 2002 Angola endured a civil war that caused significant numbers of new amputees. Unfortunately the risk from landmines continues to exist even today.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the international governing body of sport for athletes with a disability. It supervises and co-ordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games and other multi-disability competitions, of which the most important are World and Regional Championships. The IPC, situated in Bonn, Germany, also supports the recruitment and development of athletes at a local, national and international level across all performance levels.