Asia News and Activities
The new IMET2000 Trustee Dr Rebecca Inglis has written to say she has decided to stay working in Laos until April 2020 and will then return to Oxford. She is working up learning urricula with young Laotian health workers and this is an important strand in IMET 2000 programme of higher training in Asia. We are pleased to see it is not all work and no play as she has sent this lovely photo of her training for the next Dragon Boat race!
Latest IMET Project: Tibetan Ability Centre Mental Health Training
The Tibetan Ability Centre (TAC) is a registered non-profit organization working for differently-abled persons living in various Tibetan refugee settlements in India. The TAC offers medical rehabilitation support, social support, inclusive education awareness and training, and community-based rehabilitation services aimed at social and economic independence.
At present, the Tibet Relief Fund (TRF) has already funded the establishment of a fully operational Disability Resource Centre in Dharamshala, northern India – the first of its kind for the Tibetan exile community in India. Under TAC, the Disability Resource Centre opened its doors in early 2018 to local children and young people with disabilities, their families and teachers, offering practical support, training and advice to ensure those with special needs get the best education possible and are supported to achieve their potential. In its first 12 months, the Centre worked directly with 140 children and young people with special needs and their families, providing, amongst other things, physiotherapy, early intervention therapy and counselling.
Starting with a feasibility study to be conducted jointly by TRF and IMET at the end of October, 2019, this project will explore the needs for training staff in different child mental health syndromes and then how best to proceed with training either locally or overseas exploiting both face-to-face and on-line learning.
IMET and Tibet Relief Fund Sign Memorandum of Understanding
July 24, 2019
As an important event in the evolution of IMET as a global network, the charity today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tibet Relief Fund with a mission to work in India and Nepal in the Tibet refugee camps. Our first project is scheduled to start in October when the CEO of the TRF , Philippa Carrick, and our Trustee Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar will conduct a feasibility study in a children’s community badged as the Tibetan Ability Centre. The aim will look at upgrading education and training of staff dealing with paediatric mental health problems and learning difficulties. We in IMET are really excited by this opportunity to exploit the skills we have gained in this area of health need after many years of experience in the Middle East and other conflict zones.