Your gift on behalf of a friend or family member means that someone who has sustained a serious injury through a landmine accident will receive vital survivor assistance aid. The recipient of a Gift of a Changed Life valued at $20 or more will receive a unique gift card featuring a painting by Paul McCartney.
$50 will purchase a prosthetic limb.
$100 will help a landmine survivor to walk again.
People injured by landmines not only require immediate first aid and hospital care, but also physical rehabilitation, psychological counselling, social and economic reintegration into society, and protection of their rights as disabled persons. Often survivors must be fitted with a prosthetic or artificial limb. These must be changed every 3-5 years for an adult and every 6 months for a child.
Survivor assistance includes:
– First aid at the time of the accident: this is crucial in determining whether the injured person will survive at all and how successfully his or her injuries can be treated.
– Surgery: in most cases a survivor will need an amputation, but also other types of surgery and treatment of loss of sight.
– Fitting of prostheses and orthoses: a child will require a new prosthesis every 6 months, an adult every 3-5 years; all prostheses require servicing and frequent refitting of the socket to ensure that they are comfortable and can be used.
– Rehabilitation: the amputee needs to learn how to use his/her artificial limb and constantly train muscles to deal with the new body balance.
– Counselling: many survivors of landmine explosions need help in dealing with the trauma of the accident, as well as with the social exclusion and ostracism that disabled persons often have to deal with, particularly in some of the less developed countries.
– Reintegration into society: retraining in a new profession that the landmine survivor can carry out despite his or her disability will help to gain a place as a useful member of society, increase self-esteem, and also generate much-needed income.
– Economic assistance: to provide the means of starting a new way of generating income, paying for necessary treatment, or sustaining the family.
– Disability rights: to ensure that disabled persons have the same rights as able-bodied persons, something which is far from a reality in many countries.