About HUMAN STUDY
Human Study e.V. – HS (http://human-study.org/) is a humanitarian, non-profit organization, founded in 2005 with headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany. The HS Mission is dedicated to providing contemporary and advanced sustainable educational opportunities in prosthetics and orthotics for countries affected by armed conflict and/or those without sufficient educational process. The HS programs are designed to facilitate a combination of computer distance learning technique that also includes live streaming lectures by Prosthetics & Orthotics (P&O) experts via our innovative and proprietary internet platform, followed by on-site live demonstration and hands-on practical workshops. HS is fully accredited by the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) to deliver both, Prosthetist/Orthotist and the Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist educational programs. Since 2007, Human Study has demonstrated its expertise and ability to successfully deliver viable, accredited, high-quality P&O blended distance learning educational process to indigenous graduates from over 25 countries and 4 continents.
In 2015, along with financial aid from the German government, National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs Continued Professional Development (NSPPL CPD) enrolled 14 of their Syrian technical staff as students in the Human Study, Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist Blended Distance Learning Program. This group was also joined by an additional 7 technicians from Gaza, Palestine, with an additional 5 from Cairo, Egypt, and 5 students from Ankara, Turkey, forming the first, HS, Middle-Eastern ISPO, P&O Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist Class of 31 students. This group successfully completed the 2.5 years long educational program in November of 2017. The 14 Syrian graduates were the first trained Syrian clinical professionals capable, competent and able to provide the essential and basic immediate prosthetic and orthotic services needed. This number of trained P&Os is however not nearly sufficient to successfully treat the large number of people with disabilities (PWDs) in Syria.
The Associate P&O educational program graduates indicated their desire to increase and advance their knowledge and skills to treat additional and more complex cases, but they have also indicated a strong motivation and desire to become the teachers and trainers in Syria, for future generations of P&O clinicians. The 8 most motivated and successful graduates were chosen to join the Prosthetist/Orthotist educational program on a Bachelor level that is implemented by Human Study e.V. in cooperation with the Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics–SSPO (https://sspo.ac.th/), Siriraj Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand .
This upgrade program is a six-semester upgrade program which leads to the Bachelor degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. The program is designed to expand on the academic areas covered by the Associate Prosthetist/Orthotist program education by enabling students to master treatments of complex and challenging pathologies and to advance their general academic and specific P&O knowledge and skills. This program includes a Training of Trainer (ToT) component that is specifically designed to make students fit to be future teachers in the profession. This Bachelor Degree Program in P&O started in February 2019. Upgrade program students will start with the third semester in February 2020.
The Prosthetist/Orthotist upgrade program is of the outmost importance as it will help to create the teaching/training cadre in Syria. These P&O teachers/trainers will facilitate and help maintain the solid service and P&O education in Syria. These 8 upgrade program students will be the future P&O teachers and trainers of Syria.
Parallel to the upgrade program, Human Study, in cooperation with the Legacy of War Foundation (https://www.legacyofwarfoundation.com/) and NSPPL CPD, implements an educational program for the Syrian participants (some with Associate level and some without any formal education) based in Reyhanli, Turkey and in Idlib as well as Al-bab in Syria. This program was installed and delivered over the 5 modules to support graduates and non-graduates of previous programs to acquire the knowledge and clinical skills necessary for the treatment of highly complex pathologies and challenging patient cases.
Finally, important to note is that the overall emphasis of training and education, for the selected Syrians, lies on their training conducted through the Bachelor program, facilitating the trainer/teacher capacity building in order to sustain all efforts invested so far.