APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The BRAC Haiti Limb and Brace Center will provide relief, free of charge, to those who have lost their limbs or been injured, resulting in physical disability. BRAC's focus is on those who have suffered injuries as a result of the recent earthquake, but its services are not restricted to earthquake survivors. The following rehabilitation services would be provided:
Artificial Limbs (Prosthesis)
Referrals for livelihood and education support
Counseling for patients and family
For the first five years (2005-2010), the Center will provide all services for free and will be dependent on grants. After this initial period, BRAC will explore the feasibility of sustaining the center through a tiered payment program, similar to the payment structure BRAC has at the limb and brace centers in Bangladesh.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
March/April 2010: Bangladeshi BRAC Limb and Brace Center staff arrive; procure and begin setting up house to serve as limb center; order necessary ICRC (International Council of the Red Cross) -quality equipment to build braces and limbs
May/June 2010: Identify and train local Haitian staff; hold meetings with local organizations to establish a referral program; sign agreement with Government of Haiti Secretary of State for the Inclusion of Disabled Persons
July/August 2010: Begin training Haitian staff; procure and setup equipment; open center and begin serving patients
September - December 2010: Serve 500 patients
2011: Serve 1,000 patients; continue training Haitian staff
2012: Serve 1,000 patients; begin to turn over management of the center to Haitian staff
2013: Serve 1,000 patients; turn over management of the center to Haitian staff
2014: Serve 1,000 patients
Projections were made based on immediate need in the country and will be re-evaluated and adjusted based on actual experience. Initially, five Haitian staff (one senior medical officer, three technicians and a counselor/receptionist) will be trained in the first two years. Additional staff will be trained as required based on turnover and needed capacity.
OCHA (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) estimates that the number injured by the January 12th earthquake in Haiti earthquake is between 200,000 and 250,000 people. The number of people who needed amputations as a result of their injuries is estimated to be between 2,000 and 4,000. Injuries and amputations do not only affect those who were injured, but it also places an enormous burden on their families: adults often can't work, losing valuable income, and children can't go to school.
With additional funding the BLBC will be closer to meeting the objectives of 100% financial sustainability, increased awareness of the Center and expansion of reach to patients, and expansion of services and innovation.