In Pakistan, we are facing disabilities everyday due to bomb blasts, earth quakes, and traffic accidents, amputations due to diabetes, violence and congenital abnormalities. Persons with disabilities are mostly unseen and unheard in Pakistan as the population in Pakistan faces overwhelming barriers in Rehabilitation Management, Education and activities of daily living. People with functional limitations become handicapped due to social, economic, physical and mental issues hampering their freedom of movement in society. There is also a pronounced lack of informational data, rules and regulations, rehabilitation centres, mainstreaming and specialized services for people with disabilities in Pakistan.
The Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (IPM&R) at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi is the only civilian institute in Pakistan offering comprehensive multidisciplinary rehabilitative services since 2007, catering to the needs of people with disabilities all over Pakistan. The patients are coming for the multidisciplinary rehabilitation services to the institute with stroke, spinal cord injury, post-polio, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, musculoskeletal disorders, cardiopulmonary disorders, language, swallowing and audiological disorders, autism, myopathies, neuropathies, amputees and other disabilities.