Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS), Islamabad

Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences (PIRS) has been established with a vision to develop human resource in mainstreaming disability for an inclusive society.   PIRS is a constitutional body established within the premises of ISRA University Islamabad campus.

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In 2023, Pakistan Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences actively observed World Sight Day, World Hearing Day, and World Disability Day, integrating these events into regular BS programs. Additionally, a public health planning course on hearing impairment, held in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in which 34 PIRS students also participated in December 2023. Notably, 30 BSVS students graduated in spring 2023, while fall 2023 witnessed 42 BSVS, 25 BSAU, and 5 BSPO graduates, with overall student attendance exceeding 80%. In 2023, 80 new students enrolled in various disciplines, and a significant achievement was the initiation of the prosthetic and orthotic course at PIRS with ICRC support, enrolling 40 students. Looking ahead to 2024, PIRS plans to launch several technical courses in the field of disability and health. 
In April, Roland Debschutz, CEO of Kleine Hilsaktion e.V. in Germany, visited Pakistan to explore the establishment of a joint venture aimed at providing eye care services for school and street children. CHEF International submitted a proposal for the development of this partnership. ICRC-sponsored Prosthetics and Orthotics (PnO) diploma Course On November 23, 2023, Ahmad Al Qadar Hassan Al Musa, PRP Manager at ICRC, and Ms. Aliya Khan, Programme Manager at ICRC Pakistan, visited PIRS to address ICRC-sponsored Prosthetics and Orthotics (PnO) diploma students. During their visit, they toured the PnO workshop, where they observed the practical work of under-training technicians, all sponsored by ICRC from various centers across Pakistan.