Provision of prosthetic and orthotic medical care is defined by the UN as one of the fundamental human rights within the right to adequate medical treatment. Nevertheless, all relevant studies indicate the dramatic absence of trained P&O professionals providing standardized quality of service recommended by the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The demand is immense – for approximately 30 million people in need of prosthetic and orthotic services in developing countries, an estimated number of required educated professionals is 150,000. Currently, in the developing world (with a population of 6 billion), only 24 schools offer P&O education at various levels and standards, training less than 400 practitioners per year, while more than 75% of developing countries have no access to training programs or educational facilities at all.
Human Study e.V.’s mission is to provide contemporary educational opportunities in the areas of physical rehabilitation and the specific task of formally educating and certifying prosthetic and orthotic professionals. HS offers a quality solution for the alarming situation in the P&O field.
Human Study educational programs:
- are available to P&O practitioners anywhere in the world
do not depend on national education policy or significant investments in learning facilities and institutions
are flexible, adjustable and low-cost with a practitioner-friendly approach
have tremendous potential for multiplication
- create a sustainable base of P&O education in developing countries worldwide by educating future teachers who are able to advance education in their region.