Assistive devices and technologies that help people with disabilities will be the focus of a four-day global conference of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) beginning on February 7 in Hyderabad.

The ISPO 2013 World Congress at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre will be the 14th edition and the first to be held in India and South Asia. The ISPO is an advisory body in the field of rehabilitation to the WHO, UN Agencies and the International Red Cross.

The event will showcase the latest equipment, facilities, technology and solutions that can bring in positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities and allied health issues, says a press release.

Over 1,000 delegates from 84 countries would participate in the event that would also see more than 100 exhibitors from across the world.

President of the Society Jan H.B. Geertzan said the changing disability profile, increasing 'grey' population, and many lifestyle-generated disorders are creating an ever-increasing demand for professionals in this field.

B.D. Athani, Chair, India Task Force, said the mega scientific event has attracted professionals, policy-planners, academicians and service providers for P&O, rehabilitation, orthopaedic and mobility sectors. The last congress was held in Leipzig, Germany and 3,000 delegates took part.

Somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on January 30, 2013)
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