藉著四川地震骨科康復援助基金及類似籌款,「站起來StandTALL」計劃得以開展。「站起來StandTALL」計劃了解到重要的不只是重建受損身體,而是亦要修復心靈。創傷患者需要的復康計劃不只重建及養護身體,但亦需鼓勵患者的心靈及意願以克服新的困難及障礙。

地震後,由數名骨科專業人員組成的團隊隨即前往許多患者移送至當地治療的廣州及四川。他們協助治療患者,找出整體長期照顧這些患者而需要解決的問題。2008年7月,超過200名參與者的論壇討論復康進展及如何更有效協助患者處理長期復康事宜。透過協助釐定何處需要資源及治療與復康期間需要考慮的最重要因素,這論壇輔助「站起來StandTALL」計劃。第二屆論壇在2008年9月舉行,超過150名骨科專業人員出席,討論四川地震進展及個案以及骨折復康、社區復修、疼痛修復及脊髓康復。類似論壇於2009年5月、2010年2月及2010年5月舉行。

2009年1月,地震後不足一年,決定在2012年前於四川建設「川港康復中心」。此中心照顧四川地震生還者及相似損傷患者的長期復康需要,提供免費義肢服務、全面復康及培訓。此外,中心透過2010年整年舉辦的復康培訓課程,教育學生及骨科外科醫生。這些課程旨在向骨科專才提供如何處理骨科創傷及長期復康的資訊。

自2008年起,「站起來StandTALL」計劃已持續跟進四川地震患者、提供諮詢,並提供有關未來如何更有效應對類似災難的資訊。

Thanks to the charitable contributions of the Sichuan Earthquake Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Relief Fund and with the help of similar fundraising, the StandTALL project was initiated. StandTALL recognised that it is important to not only rebuild a damaged body, but also to build up the mind. Trauma patients require a rehabilitation programme that not only repairs and nurtures the body, but also encourages the patients’ mind and will to overcome their new difficulties and obstacles.

Shortly after the earthquake, a small team of orthopaedic specialists travelled to Guangzhou and Sichuan where many patients were being transferred to be treated. They helped to treat patients and identified problems that would need to be addressed in the overall long-term care of these patients. In July 2008, a forum was held with over 200 participants to discuss the progress of rehabilitation and how to best assist patients with long-term rehabilitation issues. This forum aided the project by helping to determine where resources were required and the most important factors to consider during treatment and rehabilitation. A second forum held in September 2008, and which was attended by over 150 orthopaedic professionals, discussed progress and cases from the Sichuan earthquake as well as fracture rehabilitation, community rehabilitation, pain rehabilitation and spinal cord rehabilitation. Similar forums were held in May 2009, February 2010, and May 2010.

In January 2009, less than a year after the earthquake, the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre was listed to be built in Sichuan by 2012. This centre serves the long-term rehabilitation needs of the Sichuan earthquake survivors and patients with similar injuries, and provides free prosthetic services, comprehensive rehabilitation, and training. Additionally, the centre educated students and orthopaedic surgeons through rehabilitation training courses held throughout 2010. These courses aimed to provide better information to orthopaedic specialists on how to deal with orthopaedic trauma and long-term rehabilitation.

Since 2008, the StandTALL project has continued to follow up with patients from the Sichuan earthquake, provide consultations, and provide information on how to better deal with disasters such as these in the future.

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