Free of Cost Services
Chal Foundation has provided over 31,000 assistive devices and allied services to the disabled, all free of cost. To cater the ongoing need for free services, Chal Foundation recently initiated commercial services so that the revenue generated from provision of advanced, pre-fabricated and imported products is utilized in operation of free patient services. Commercial units are located at Blue Area and Shifa International Hospital Islamabad as well as in Mardan and Swabi districts.
Chal Foundation is a permanent implementing partner with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Indus Hospital. ICRC has been providing materials, components and equipments to Chal Foundation since inception. On the other hand, Chal Foundation has established 3 rehab centers in Muzaffargarh, Lahore and Karachi in 2015 in partnership with Indus Hospital. These centers have been handed over to Indus after three successful years of operation during 2017. 09 similar projects are in the pipeline with Punjab government.
CARP (Children- Amputee Rehabilitation Program)
Chal Foundation has partnered with C-ARP (Children- Amputee Rehabilitation Program) and provides assistive devices to 100 amputee children who were affected by 2005 earthquake. C-ARP assists these children through four components i.e. supporting in their mobility, education, integration and livelihood generation. They receive their physical rehab treatment from the earthquake inherited centres of Chal Foundation. For more information, please visit http://carp.org.pk/
Satellite Rehab Centre at DHQ Hospital, Upper Dir
With a generous contribution from Direct Relief (DR) through Pfizer Grant, Chal Foundation implemented a fifteen months project from April 2016 to July 2017 to provide mobility and physical rehabilitation services to the disabled in Malakand Division, affected by October 26, 2015 earthquake. A Satellite Referral Rehabilitation Centre was established in DHQ Hospital where fitting and gait training of patients took place. Chal Foundation’s mobile unit was used for patient screening, assessment, casting and repair work while fabrication of appliances was undertaken in adjacent CF centres. This project provided assistive devices to 189 patients out of which 67 were amputees.
Upper limb Project
While operating in Muzaffargarh, more than 1100 upper limb amputees were registered with Chal Foundation out of which, 770 were below elbow amputees. Male to Female ratio of these amputees is 3:1, majority belonging to adult group between 16-40 years respectively. The main reason behind these amputations is the use of fodder chopper machines to feed livestock in Southern Punjab.
Currently, trans-radial amputees have very few options in Pakistan. Myo-electric devices has a lower demand thus limiting the availability of such devices to passive hands only i.e. a prosthesis for cosmetic purposes or a body powered prosthesis linked to functional hand or a hook. The hook design has cosmetic limitations leading to low acceptance among users.
Chal Foundation with the support of ICRC piloted a project to provide 100 prostheses to amputees in Muzaffargarh with Chinese functional hands. It included 70 below elbow and 30 above elbow prostheses. With the improved functional capacity and activity level of the users, CF extended the project and provided over 700 below elbow prostheses between February and December 2017.
Meeting the needs of Wheel chair users in Pakistan
To facilitate the government in fulfilling its commitment for provision of assistive devices in health care facilities, provision of training on wheelchair usage to department personnel and as a compliance to WHO guidelines about provision of appropriate wheelchairs, Chal Foundation together with Johanniter International completed a project called “Meeting the needs of wheelchair users in Pakistan”. The two years project (2013- 2015) provided training on assembling and repair of wheelchairs to health care personnel with a distribution of 646 wheelchairs to government owned rehabilitation service institutes in KP, Balochistan and AJ&K respectively.
Provision of Assistive devices in flood affected areas- District Thatta (Sindh)
Chal Foundation with the support of Handicap International provided assistive devices and rehab services at UCs Sajawal and Jati (district Thatta) in 2012. Orthotic services were given to flat foot, drop foot, leg length discrepancies, pes valgus and pes varus patients while prosthetic devices were given to those adults capable of initiating or resuming work and contributing financially within their households.