We educate professionals who treat people with disabilities

There are over 45 million of persons with disabilities in direct need of prosthetic or orthotic services in the world, a third of them are children. Approximately 30 million of persons in need of prosthetic and orthotic appliances live in countries ravaged by conflict, disasters and poverty, with no or limited access to rehabilitation and care.

We train and educate professionals who are already involved in patient treatment to improve the quality of services offered to people with disabilities and help establish standards of patient treatment in these regions. Our programs are designed to train trainers, empowering the local capacities in a fairly short period of time to take over the training activities and independently continue training other professionals in the region, including newcomers to the profession, thus increasing the number of professionals capable of providing quality services to persons in need.

We apply modern technology to overcome obstacles

Our educational programs apply modern teaching tools and methodology within a blended learning model of online and onsite education to reach students in war torn and remote areas . Educating clinical professions which require practical assessment is not easy to organise and is typically expensive. We overcome this obstacle by teaching our students online in all segments of the training that can be done online (theory, video and audio materials) and organize short and intensive practical hands-on seminars to assess students’ practical skills in patient settings. Due to the high quality and success of our method of teaching, our programs have been accredited by the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO).

We train the trainers

Our goal is to produce local trainers who will be capable to lead in training future generations of professionals, but also function as trailblazers for the profession in their countries and regions. By empowering local professionals through education we establish international standards in training and service delivery in regions where they are not yet achieved.
Our programs are aimed at practitioners already employed as service providers in local clinics and our programs are tailored to the specific patient needs in each area we work.

We benefit the patients

Our programs help local clinics and clinicians meet the specific needs of their area, for example, different weapons used during war will result in different typical injuries, and we tailor what we teach to the needs of people in each locality, and specifically, train people to offer a wider range of services to treat the maximum number of patients and injuries possible.

We recruit graduates as international trainers

We recruit our graduates to serve as trainers in our international programs, giving them the opportunity to develop professionally and support their families. This gives us access to an ever-increasing pool of professionals who are motivated and ready to go out in the world – onsite or online – to train others, and who understand our program and methodology because they have themselves been educated through it. We are specifically focused on both training teachers, who are typically the first people educated to teaching level in their countries, and longer term, wish to translate our courses (all P&O education internationally is typically offered in English) into other languages wherever possible to increase the number of people who can benefit from our training.