The Southern African Spinal Cord Association

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The aim of SASCA

The aim of SASCA is the study of all problems concerning traumatic and non-traumatic afflictions of the spinal cord and more particularly the advancement in medical and surgical intervention, rehabilitation and social reintegration of the spinal cord paralysed.

eLearning offered by ISCoS

For Doctors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Assistive Technologists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, people interested in Spinal Cord Injury prevention and Peer Counsellors

eLearning offered by ISCoS
(The International Spinal Cord Society)

www.elearnsci.org/

This module is intended as an introduction to the basic principles of SCI management appropriate for all members of the multidisciplinary team.

It covers topics such as prehospital care, acute medical care, management of vertebral lesion, management of bladder/bowel, management of complications, psychological support, comprehensive rehabilitation and the role of different health professionals.

Our Key Focus Areas

  • To provide information to health care professionals
  • To provide information to policy makers
  • To promote the treatment and rehabilitation of health and well-being
  • To network with governmental and non-governmental organisations, academic institutions and other service providers
  • To encourage appropriate and relevant research promoting the primary health care approach

We Support:

  • The protection of personal dignity
  • Equity of service and opportunity
  • Application of minimum standards of care
  • Accountability between users and providers of services
  • Respect for and protection of the basic rights of clients and colleagues
  • The adoption of a holistic, empathic, inter-disciplinary approach to care
  • The encouragement, enhancement and improvement of professional skills

SASCA Constitution

SCI DAY

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"International Days" are celebrated to mark important aspects of human life and history. On the suggestion of its Prevention Committee, International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) has decided to observe ‘Spinal Cord Injury Day’ on 5th September every year with the intention of increasing awareness amongst the general public. It is presumed that the awareness would facilitate an inclusive life for persons with disability and ensure greater chances of success of prevention programs.

Spinal cord injury (SCI) and the resultant paralysis has devastating physical, mental, social, sexual and vocational consequences for the injured. In addition, the injury increases the economic burden on the person who sustains an SCI and potentially his or her entire support network.

As per the statistics from USA, depending on the severity, SCI can cost an injured individual USD 334,000 to 1 million in the first year after injury. Costs in each subsequent year range from USD 41,000 to 178,000.

And it isn’t always bad luck that causes spinal cord injuries.