More help for disabled IDPs
Wheel-chairs, crutches, elbows, tricycles, commode wheel-chairs,
plastic chairs, white canes, Braille slates have been distributed among
displaced persons with disabilities in welfare camps in Vavuniya under
the instructions of Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas
The Ministry has also trained 10 social officers on the use of the
assistive devices in collaboration with the handicap international,
consequent to a need assessment carried out by social workers in IDP
camps. A total of 210 artificial limbs have been fixed to those who had
A program is in progress to provide more prostheses with the Jaipur
Foot Program in India. Details of the persons with disabilities who wish
to settle down with their relatives are being taken.
UNICEF will provide financial support for training volunteers from
the Community Based Rehabilitation program (CBR) for rehabilitation of
the displaced with disabilities in IDP camps. Thirty one volunteers from
zone 4 in Vavuniya were trained by a group of resource personnel
including the Co-coordinating Officer of the CBR. Another group of
volunteers from zone 2 of the welfare camps were trained from September
2 to 3.
There are 19,226 elders in welfare camps of which 6003 were sent to
live with relatives and 132 to Paddithoddam Elder’s Home. Another 550
were recommended to the Major General in Charge of the Camp to be
transferred to Thirukthiswaran and Samanalakulam Elder’s Homes.
Government Agents of Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar have also taken
action to transfer 742 elders to homes of relatives.