Facilitating access to health services for persons with disabilities in Saint-Lucia

Facilitating access to health services for persons with disabilities in Saint-Lucia

OECS Media Release

The OECS and the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), with support from the UNDP, recently concluded a training session on the production of basic prosthetic limbs

The training provided capacity building for income generation among the participants, while also enhancing quality of life of Persons with disabilities through the provision of prosthetic limbs.  Trainees will be earning a living by making limbs for sale.

Prosthetic limbs are vital to many citizens including persons who have been confronted with an unavoidable amputation. However, patients are often required to seek health assistance overseas which represented a major financial obstacle.

The two-week workshop was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the OECS Commission and hosted at the NCPD Rehabilitation and Repairs Center in Vieux Fort under the coordination of NCPD’s prosthetic technician Mr. Andrew Collymore. The medical specialist completed a certification in Prosthetic Limb and Caliper Fabrication at the MUKTI Artificial Limb Center in India.

Dr. Grace-Ann Cornwall, Head of the Social Development Unit and Ms. Sharon Jacob, Administrative Assistant represented the OECS Commission at the event organised for the closure of the training session.

The workshop enabled 7 participants to manage the production process of basic prosthetic limbs and learn technical and professional terminologies related to that particular medical area.  Participants were grateful for the training which now provides them with an opportunity for self-employment as they are now able to respond to a critical need within the local market. 

All participants were awarded with certificates attesting the successful completion of the programme.

   This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.4: Assure the Security and Well-being of Citizens.
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has eleven members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Martinique and Guadeloupe. 

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