Pak Moving ahead in Rehabilitation Sciences

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Naveed Babur
Pakistan is world’s 6th most populous country with an estimated over 182 million people in 2011.5 According to 2012 statistics; national disability rate was 2.65% which accounts for 5.035 million people with disabilities (PWDs) in Pakistan. Rural areas have more PWDs (65.7%) than urban areas (34.3%). Males constitute 58.4% PWDs whereas females make 41.6% population of PWDs. Major share to PWDs is from Punjab (55.9%) and Sindh (28.4%).6 The type of disabilities in Pakistan include blind (0.412 million), deaf/mute (0.379 million), crippled (0.964 million), insane (0.324 million), mentally retarded (0.383 million), multiple disabilities (0.417 million) and others (2.15 million).
Pakistan is moving ahead in rehabilitation sciences while knowledge oriented environment is being provided to upcoming rehabilitation professionals in the country. Rehabilitation sciences in one of the emerging fields of study in Pakistan and all across the world. Modern day advancements in rehabilitation sciences is playing a vital role in stabilizing the lives of disabled people
Rehabilitation sciences is emerging to be a new and dynamic field in Pakistan realizing the importance and collaboration of every discipline so that together each of the specialist can work for the wellbeing of their patient and reaching new and dynamic goal like coming up to the international standards in this new discipline. Here we will discuss on the whole latest advancements and forecast of rehabilitation sciences field including Physiotherapy, Speech and Hearing sciences, Psychology, Orthotics Prosthesis ,Occupational Therapy regarding Pakistan.
Academia is the back bone of any profession, with in a decade the rehabilitation sciences academic profile reaches till undergraduate to PhD level. Now various institutions colleges, universities are offering rehabilitation degree programs.
The rehabilitation institution promotes critical thinking and inquiry to foster an environment of research and academic learning. Its programs have been designed to meet the growing demand of the populace in rehabilitating patients suffering from injuries and disabilities. These degree level programs in rehabilitation sciences are recognized by HEC.
The Rehab conference helped the professionals working in individual capacity in different aspects of rehabilitation to sit together and pave ways for better patient management by using expertise of their fellow colleagues, it helped for networking among the different fields as well as among seniors and juniors working in the same specialty. The future of rehabilitation sciences in Pakistan is very bright and commencement of such conferences, establishment of new institutes and starting of a first rehab journal are positive signs. It will help promote research culture in the field as well as learning from the experts. The conference will help in standardization of curriculum throughout the country as well as adoption of latest syllabus keeping in view the international standards and will help in grooming of professionals without borders.
In July 2008, it was re-designated as an independent centre of Cochrane, with the coordinating centre at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, in India and five network sites in India, two in Pakistan, one in Sri Lanka, and one in Bangladesh. On March 1, 2011, the Centre had 680 contributors from the countries in the region. In 2015, as part of the rebranding exercise in Cochrane, the Centre was renamed as Cochrane South Asia.
Some of the researches initiating opportunity for global collaboration and to promote evidence based rehabilitation practice in Pakistan. This can serve as a role model for other developing countries in the field of rehabilitation sciences.
IARSRE was launched last year to facilitate research related activities at IIRS, Isra University. This mega event endorsed the need for rehabilitation through research and education and bridging of the gap between rehabilitation professionals. IARSRE is focused on developing of clinical practice guidelines for multidisciplinary team approach in neuro rehabilitation and other related sub specialties of rehabilitation sciences in Pakistan.
This is a unique event providing a common ground for the formal as well as informal exchange & flow of knowledge & experiences pioneering events which open up more vistas and enrichment of knowledge for mutual benefits of professionals and practitioners in the field of rehabilitation education and research. The crucial contribution of Rehabilitation practitioners in the advancement of healthcare should properly be acknowledged. Many leading Rehabilitation institutes and hospitals arrange these workshops and trainings time to time to research in rehabilitation sciences entails innovation in a developing country like Pakistan. Isra University, Riphah University, AFIRM, Quaid-e-azam International Hospital and many other rehabilitation institutions.