Livability International has engaged in overseas work, especially in South and South East Asia for over 20 years.
Our initial work overseas from 1995-1998 focused on the development of nursing services and nursing education at the Centre for Rehabilitation of Paralysed (CRP) Bangladesh. Later, in 1998-2001, the work at CRP expanded to include improving overall rehabilitation management and services and organisational development of CRP. These inputs have contributed to CRP becoming a model in the provision of comprehensive rehabilitation programmes in the Asian region.
From this starting point in Bangladesh, Livability International involvement has progressively scaled outwards to encompass other countries of the region including Nepal and Sri Lanka, and at the same time we act as the catalyst for cross-country, networking, training, pooling and exchange of expertise, learning materials and treatment protocols in the field of disability and rehabilitation management.
Livability International remains committed to increasing opportunities for disabled people in the developing world to live full active and inclusive lives. We continue to focus on increasing the quality and coverage of comprehensive rehabilitation services and realise that the absence of such services condemn many disabled people to lives of poverty, to complications and ultimately to early and unnecessary deaths.
We remain committed to ensuring that what we do has a long lasting impact and that the organisations with whom we work have the capacity to sustain and deliver good quality services to the people that they serve. In this regard the Livability International programme is innovative and has evolved to incorporate a number of inter-related elements.