Policy statement: Armed violence
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) believes that physical therapists play a vital role in dealing with the problems and functional limitations that are the direct consequence of armed violence and the use of landmines and other weapons of war, even in peace times. Health service delivery systems in countries where significant violence has occurred rarely have the to respond to the demands placed on them. Landmines, cluster munitions and remnants of weapons of war, in particular, pose an indiscriminate threat to health and continue to be active long after conflicts have ended. services and equipment provision are often poorly funded and inadequate to enable individuals to achieve the full functional recovery of which they are capable and to which they have a right.
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