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Reaching Beyond
Our Borders

Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project – Report to USISPO from Jon Batzdorff

Based on conversations with the amputee veterans and prosthetists in Ukraine, it became clear that there was a need for help in the area of prosthetics and related rehabilitation. Specifically they needed assistance in fitting upper extremity and highly involved lower extremity amputees. The discussion that began in November developed into the ProsthetiKa Ukraine Prosthetic Assistance Project.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress Toronto and Canada Ukraine Foundation agreed to lead the project, and Jon Batzdorff of ProsthetiKa agreed to organize the technical aspects and assemble a team of…

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Batzdorff's Teaching
in Tanzania

Jon Batzdorff was contacted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) / Special Fund for the Disabled to provide training in fitting above-the-knee amputees with ischial containment sockets.

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Al Ingersoll Working
in Bangladesh

Al Ingersoll, CPO, USISPO Education Chair

I was fortunate to visit Bangladesh this past year and meet with numerous people and organizations focused on the disability/rehabilitation sector. Bangladesh is well served by local organizations, (BRAC)

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PAC RIM 2018 - Looking ahead to Maui

January 21-24, 2018
Westin Maui Resort on Kaanapali Beach

Watch for information to submit abstracts and exhibitor/sponsorship packages.

Cathedral de San Cristobal de la Habana

Cuba 2015 Education Tour – Reaching Beyond Our Borders

Participants of USISPO's CUBA 2015 educational tour took a step back in time when they learned about Cuba's health care system and unique culture. The ninety-mile journey to "Planet Cuba" from Miami took the forty two members of the group to an experience creating bridges of understanding of professional, cultural and human perspectives.

The three-day tour included visits to the Frank Pais Hospital, the Hospital Julio Dias, Havana's largest rehabilitation center. The high point for most of the group was a tour of the Nation's largest orthotic and prosthetic facility, Centro Nacional de Ortopeda Tecnica CNOT/Cuba RDA and a presentation by the the Cuban Ministry of Health. (Read more about Cuba and see photos)

ISPO International Events

ISPO 2017 South Africa

Capetown, South Africa
8-11 May, 2017

Skills for Life 4 Videos Available

In case you missed Skills for Life 4 or if you attended and would like a recording of the proceedings for your library or your patients, please order through one of the below ways.

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USAID Announces Two Open Positions:

The two Washington DC-based positions have been announced by USAID. Descriptions for the two positions have been provided by New Editions Consulting, Inc., a customer focused, award winning, woman-owned small business that focuses on International Development Programs as well as domestic programs in Children, Aging, Disability, Health, Workforce Development, Education, and Transportation.