Coordinating Wheelchair Provision In Developing CountriesBy McCambridge, Matt; RESNA 2000: Technology for the New Millenium, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 234-236
Publication Date: June/July 2000
Paper presents the findings of a survey used to collect information and ideas that could be used to coordinate efforts to meet the mobility needs of people in developing countries. The survey included perspectives regarding the strengths and weaknesses of importing chairs versus local production, and ideas about how organizations could integrate these strategies. Telephone interviews were conducted, and written questionnaires were distributed among individuals who work to provide wheelchairs to developing countries. The responses indicated that the organizations believed that several services must always accompany each wheelchair distributed. Areas that the organizations felt needed attention in wheelchair distribution included proper fit in an appropriate chair; training in the chair's safe and effective use; follow-up evaluation; and establishment of a system for the long-term maintenance of the chair.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number O13666