JJCDR provides 5,400 artificial limbs to Northerners
ICRC records indicate that the Jaffna Jaipur Centre for Disability
Rehabilitation (JJCDR) has provided 5,400 artificial limbs to people who
lost their legs due to illnesses, accidents, birth defects and
disabilities caused by the terrorist conflict.
Over 2,500 people have benefited from the centre to date. The centre
mainly sponsored by ICRC provides a laudable service to the disabled
people since 10 to 15 percent of the people of the Northern Province
from the Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu, Killinochchi and Mannar districts
are physically disabled due to the estimations of the Sri Lanka
Foundation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (SLFRD). In the Jaffna
district which is the most populated district in Northern Province with
around 600,000 inhabitants, estimates indicate that approximately 2,000
- 3,000 people may be physically disabled.
JJCDR manufactures and provides high quality, low weight and less
cost prostheses, orthotic devices and mobility aids to the disabled
people in the Northern region.
They are mostly provided free of charge. It provides adequate
physiotherapy and follow-up rehabilitation services to ensure their
adaptability, micro credit revolving loans allowing them to engage in an
income generating projects to achieve economic capability.
It offers monthly educational grants to physically rehabilitated
children and the beneficiaries are provided with counseling service.
The JJCDR celebrates 25 years of service on July 1. A series of
activities including a sports event where both male and female
beneficiaries who have been fitted with prosthesis will take part in
bicycle, tricycle and wheel chair races will be held to celebrate their
anniversary. A dance performance will also be displayed.
The JJCDR plans to conduct debating and poetry competitions among
school students in which 75-100 schools will participate. A statue will
be erected and a flag day will be held for disabled people as an
awareness programme in the Jaffna Peninsula.