The African Organization for the Development of Disabled Persons Centers (OADCPH), a medical house in Avépozo was inaugurated on Monday by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, in the presence of partners and representatives of several organizations and for disabled or physical persons

With a budget of more than 74 million CFA francs, the headquarters is a sub-regional structure regrouping West and Central Africa. It is co-financed by the Japanese cooperation of the Red Cross Equipment (Switzerland). It is equipped with a large storage warehouse and orthopedic products with a capacity of 60 tons, which will allow a greater availability of consumables (raw materials, wheelchairs, machine tools, etc.) thus reducing the time of services.

The mission of OADCPH is to promote the right to access to quality rehabilitation care at a lower cost for a greater number of disabled people in Africa and in a sustainable way.

OADCPH through its central purchasing association, supplies consumables, raw materials and equipment to more than 80 orthopaedic and / or rehabilitation centers across 27 African countries. It aims to support and strengthen the capacities of its member structures (support-counseling-follow-up evaluation). It allows the organization of continuous training for rehabilitation professionals.

To this effect, the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Prof. Moustafa Mijiyawa, welcomed the contribution of partners for the construction of this headquarters for the supply and distribution of materials to relieve human suffering.

Mr. Claude TARDIF, head of the physical rehabilitation program, health unit in Geneva and Jean Daniel BROILLET, director general of the Red Cross Equipment were pleased with the very important step that Togo has just taken to host the headquarters of this NGO.

For the representative of the OADCPH in Togo, Mrs Akoua Pinda-Bowessidjaou, director of CNAO Lomé, this institution in Togo “is for us a great sign of consideration and a great challenge to carry out the mission we have assigned to ourselves”.

The executive director of the OADCPH, Mr. Masse NIANG, pointed out that the added value of the OADCPH is the support of rehabilitation professionals through the establishment of a system of continuous training, in partnership with ENAM-Lomé. Therefore, to achieve sustainable development, the development of human resources is the most important part.

This regional headquarters had signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Health and a program agreement in 2012. The latter renewed for a period of 3 years in July 2015, prepares the establishment agreement.

Articles 5 and 6 grant this institution an exemption on the payment of import tax on capital goods as well as on materials and equipment directly involved in the execution of its program.

A visit of the premises and the equipment by the minister and the guests ended the inauguration ceremony of this medical house.