WCNR

10th WORLD CONGRESS FOR

NEUROREHABILITATION

FROM NEUROTECHNOLOGIES TO COMMUNITY CARE

WCNR

About IFNR

The Indian Federation of Neurorehabilitation (IFNR) is the premier organization of neurorehabilitation experts. It is the apex, multidisciplinary body in India representing neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other professionals taking care of people with neurological disabilities. IFNR is affiliated to the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR).

India undergoes an economic transition, there is improved health care systems and a consequent decrease in mortality in patients with neurological diseases. However, there has been an increase in morbidity due to an emergence of disorders attributed to changing life styles and an aging population. There has been a marked increase in disabilities due to Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementias and Stroke. India has become the Head Injury Capital of the World due to Road Traffic Accidents (RTA). Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in India. Together, these three account for disability in 3.5 million new cases every year, about 11,000 cases every day. Additionally, there are millions of people with disability due to spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy and other Learning Disabilities.

This hidden epidemic of neurologic disability has placed a huge burden on our country, both economically and on the overall quality of life of our society. The key challenges for the majority population are lack of “Awareness, Availability, Accessibility and Affordability” of neurorehabilitation services. The daunting challenge in the face of these statistics is that the neurorehabilitation services in the country are negligible due to lack of resources and trained professionals and it is estimated that only 3.5% of the people with disabilities receive any rehabilitation care with the vast majority receiving no inputs. Further, the number of trained professionals handling the millions of people with neurological disabilities is miniscule. It is estimated that there are about 2000 neurologists, 600 physiatrists, a few thousand therapists and a dozen neuropsychologists catering to a population of over a billion people, with services available primarily in major cities.

The primary objectives of IFNR are to bridge these gaps. It aims to provide a platform where the multidisciplinary team can interact and formulate guidelines for neurorehabilitation with the Indian perspective due to unique socio-demogrphaic profile of our country, create advocacy for the people and families suffering from neurological disease with disability, imparts training to create empowered manpower to manage persons with neurological disability, promote clinical research in the field of neurorehabilitation and propagate the important concept of impairment management and prevention of disability in patients with neurological diseases.

The primary objectives of IFNR are to bridge these gaps. It aims to provide a platform where the multidisciplinary team can interact and formulate guidelines for neurorehabilitation with the Indian perspective due to unique socio-demogrphaic profile of our country, create advocacy for the people and families suffering from neurological disease with disability, imparts training to create empowered manpower to manage persons with neurological disability, promote clinical research in the field of neurorehabilitation and propagate the important concept of impairment management and prevention of disability in patients with neurological diseases.

For more details visit: http://www.ifnr.org/

 
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