World SCI Day today

Congratulations to ISCoS for arranging the first ever World SCI Day today, September 5th, a day where “awareness would facilitate an inclusive life for persons with disability and ensure greater chances of success of prevention programs.

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SCI Day is being celebrated around the world, Asia being the first continent to see in the new day.

Organized by SIRC, a large group including staff and patients, rallied to Banepa's Municipal Hall earlier this morning. Photo credit SIRC.

Organized by SIRC, a large group including staff and patients, rallied to Banepa’s Municipal Hall earlier this morning. Photo credit SIRC, Nepal.

Video footage of the days events in Banepa and Bhaktapur, organized by SIRC can be found on their facebook page.

The Centre for the Paralysed in Dhaka also arranged a rally of staff, patients and those with spinal cord injuries. Photo credit CRP Bangladesh

The Centre for the Paralysed in Dhaka also arranged a rally of staff, patients and those with spinal cord injuries. Photo credit CRP Bangladesh

India celebrated SCI Day yesterday, organized by Dr Chhabra and team at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre. Dr Chhabra is Chair of SCI Day and will be the next President of ISCoS once Prof. Wyndaele completes his term. Photo credit: NDTV.

India celebrated SCI Day yesterday, organized by Dr Chhabra and team at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre. Dr Chhabra is Chair of SCI Day and will be the next President of ISCoS once Prof. Wyndaele completes his term. Photo credit: NDTV.

Dr Nazirah and team in Malaysia, Medical Centre

Dr Nazirah Hasnan and team in Malaysia, Medical Centre

Dr Taslim Uddin and team at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dr Taslim Uddin and team at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Celebrations are expected in other parts of Asia, New Zealand, across Europe and both North & South America.

Wherever you are located in the world, support your local World SCI Day rally!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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3 Responses to World SCI Day today

  1. Mick Canning says:

    Seems a very good idea, especially, I’m afraid, in certain Asian countries where to see someone with disabilities frequently leads to the assumption that they must be beggars.

    • Kate Coffey says:

      In the past in rural and remote Nepal, more often that not, people with a spinal cord injury were left to die, particularly women. It was just too costly for a family to seek medical assistance and the prospect of caring for someone who could never contribute to the household, did not make sense.

      This attitude is changing somewhat with building awareness for SCI prevention and also what life can be life post-SCI.

      It’s projects like KOICA’s who are focusing on vocational training for those with SCI that gives people hope. KOICA is also in partnership with SIRC to build a bakery on the SIRC grounds, and run it as a social enterprise, hiring only those in wheelchairs. We need more of these kinds of projects!

      KOICA = Korea International Cooperation Agency http://www.koica.go.kr/english/main.html

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