THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
QUALITY REHABILITATION ACTIVITIES AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PERSONS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
The ICRC Physical Rehabilitation Programme (PRP) has been working for 40 years in countries affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence to provide access to assistive products and rehabilitation services for people with physical disabilities. To meet these needs, the humanitarian institution has made rehabilitation devices more readily available by developing and propagating low-cost, high quality components for prosthetics and orthotics. This technology has become a standard in low- and middle-income countries and is being used by many institutions and organizations. As a result, service users have eased access to affordable and quality assistive devices. Over the past decades, the ICRC has invested a significant budget in R&D and industrial tools to have these products manufactured and commercialised by a swiss industrial partner. Following the successful research and development of the new dynamic prosthetic foot made in collaboration with the EPFL, the ICRC decided to launch a new working model in collaboration with a swiss-based foundation, alfaset, located in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Neuchâtel). From this new working model was born Rehab’Impulse, which aims to offer and develop high-quality components at accessible prices for people with disabilities in all regions of the world, enabling them to develop their full potential in the long term.
PROMOTING INDEPENDENT LIFESTYLE
Rehab’Impulse is a swiss social initiative, owned by the ICRC and launched in close collaboration with alfaset, providing evolutionary, appropriate and high-quality components for mobility-enabling assistive technology, leaving no one behind. The components of swiss quality have been recognised by international standards and successfully used by persons with disabilities in the field for over 20 years. The products are provided at competitive prices, meeting the needs of both service users and providers in low- and middle-income countries, enabling the first step towards social inclusion.
We provide evolutionary, appropriate and high-quality components for mobility-enabling assistive technology, leaving no one behind.
Our products contribute to persons with physical disabilities reaching their full potential in society.
We are a nonprofit organisation, offering socio-professional support by providing workplaces across various fields as well as adapted housing to people with disabilities. Our partners are the state actors in the field of social welfare and our industrial and private customers. We are driven to support our beneficiaries in their social inclusion and professional integration taking into account their individual challenges.
Our businesses offer a wide range of services, ranging from occupational work without performance requirements to industrial production, requiring advanced capabilities and respect for quality requirements and time commitments. In our workshops, people with disabilities find a workplace adapted to their individual abilities.
HELP AND SUPPORT
We offer employees with disabilities an infrastructure adapted to their needs and to their degree of autonomy. Our company currently offers adapted workplaces to almost 500 people on four production sites.
INTEGRATE AND VALUE
We tailor jobs and services to the individual needs and to the residual working capacity of people with disabilities, while ensuring quality services to our customers. We enable our employees to improve their moral, material and social situation and thus promote their integration into society and into the primary labour market.
COACH AND ACCOMPANY
For employees in need of support in their everyday activities, our multidisciplinary teams offer socio-educational support, personalized assistance and individual follow-up in their life project. To respect their different degrees of autonomy, we provide different types of housing to our beneficiaries, such as assisted housing with full board, adapted apartments or independent apartments with limited follow-up.
As your industrial partner and trusted supplier, we guarantee best in class quality and reliability in all our services.
alfaset is certified ISO 9001 :2015