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II.04: Refugee Open Ware – Rapid and Low-Cost Prosthetics for War-Wounded Refugees

Hotel Böglerhof
Breakout / Cluster II
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In Jordan, there is a dire need for functional, low-cost and rapidly produced prosthetics, particularly to address the need for frequent prosthetic replacements for the many child amputees as they grow. Refugee Open Ware (ROW) is conducting a pilot in Jordan to develop low-cost, digitally fabricated upper limb prosthetics. ROW is a humanitarian innovation consortium comprised of academic institutions, NGOs, companies and public sector agencies.


Global Networker and Humanitarian Expert, Innovation and Planning Agency, Vienna


Global Networker and Humanitarian Expert, Innovation and Planning Agency, Vienna

1982-1988 Head of Department, Roofing Section, CAPS Cooperative Artisanale du Pays de Sault, Rodome
1988 Technical Supervisor, Medecins du Monde, Youvarou
1988-1990 Project Manager, AICF Action Contre la Faim, Masulita
1990-1991 Consultant, short-term consultancies with World Bank, Danida; Kampala
1991-1992 Senior Assessment Officer / Teamleader, WFP World Food Programme, Sudan
1992-1993 Field Officer Kakuma /El Wak / Head of Office Bardera / Somalia, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kenya
1993-1994 Head of Liaison Office Mogadishu
1994-1995 Senior Technical Advisor, Displaced Persons Programme, UNDP United Nations Development Programme, Nairobi
1995 Executive Assistant to the Special Envoy, Regional Office Great Lakes, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kigali
1995-1997 Senior Field Officer, Head of Field Office, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Vavuniya
1997-1999 Senior Programme Officer / Repatriation Officer, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Sarajevo
1999-2000 Field Coordinator and Senior Programme Officer, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kinshasa
2001-2005 Executive Secretary, Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, MARRI Migration, Asylum and Regional Return Initiative, Brussels
2005-2006 Acting (Deputy) Director, Office for Communities, Returns and Minorities, UNMIK United Nations Mission in Kosovo
2006-2007 Senior Emergency Coordinator, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Islamabad
2010 Assistant Representative (Durable Solutions), UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Islamabad
2010 Deputy to the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for Assistance to Pakistan, UN Department for Political Affairs, Pakistan
2011-2011 Senior Advisor and Acting Deputy Representative, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Islamabad
2011-2012 UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Nairobi
2012-2013 Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, UNOCHA United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Mogadishu
2013-2014 Head of Sub-Office Camp; Manager, Zatari Camp, UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Mafraq
since 2014 President and Founder, IPA Innovation and Planning Agency, Vienna

Health Symposium

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17:00 - 17:45OpeningPlenary
17:45 - 19:00Health Policy between the Nanny State and NeoliberalismPlenary
20:00 - 23:00ReceptionSocial
20:30 - 21:30Young Talents - Crazy LadyCulture


09:00 - 10:30Two-tier Medicine - An Insidious Inequality?Plenary
11:00 - 11:45The Social Determinants of our HealthPlenary
11:45 - 12:30Health Care Pioneers against Inequality - Introduction to the Themes and Players in the Breakout SessionsPlenary
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.01: HomelessStreetwork - Unbureaucratic Medical Provision for the HomelessBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.02: HPSS - Health Promoting Secondary Schools in IcelandBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.03: AmberMed - Medical Help for the UninsuredBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.04: Doctors for a Healthy Environment: Environmental Justice and PreventionBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.05: Health-E-Net - Remote Medical Second Opinions as a Tool for Equity in Access to HealthcareBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.06: Healthacross in Practice - Cross-border Access to the Healthcare Systems in Lower Austria and South BohemiaBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.07: Niko-TeenBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.08: SALTO - SALzburg Together against ObesityBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.09: LIGA - The Voice for Child and Youth Health in AustriaBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session I.10: Community Clinic Volunteers Fighting Austerity Measures Causing Deaths of Patients in GreeceBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.01: What Do I Have?Breakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.02: IT-based Medical Care for Chronic Illnesses for Large Population SegmentsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.03: MyMind - Accessible, Preventative Mental Health Care for AllBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.04: Refugee Open Ware - Rapid and Low-Cost Prosthetics for War-Wounded RefugeesBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.05: Video Interpreting in the Health Care SystemBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.06: Esperity - Connecting Cancer Patients and Improving Their Quality of LifeBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.07: Open Innovation in Science - Crowd Sourcing in Health ResearchBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session II.08: Pathways for Change: An Engagement Journey with IntentionBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.01: Transcultural Outpatient Clinic for Children and Young People at the University Clinic Hamburg EppendorfBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.02: We Accompany Health - For Female Migrants with Low Socio-Economic StatusBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.03: Hemayat - Care of Torture and War SurvivorsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.04: projektXchange - Exchange Turns Strangers into FriendsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session III.05: MiMi - With Migrants for MigrantsBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.01: "I Wasn't Prepared for That" - The Voice for Family CarersBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.02: Child Hospice Network - Support for Terminally Ill Children and their FamiliesBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.03: Early State of the Art Autism Therapy for Better Chances of Development and InclusionBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.04: Ethics at the Sick Bed - We Reach Difficult Decisions TogetherBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.05: The Globalisation of Care - Ageing in the PhilippinesBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.06: Holistic Care for the Dying in Rural AreasBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Breakout Session IV.07: Down Syndrome Albania FoundationBreakout
14:00 - 17:00Brekout Session II.09: How a Community Participates in Deciding the Health Care it WantsBreakout
17:30 - 20:00Reception on the HillSocial


04:30 - 08:00Sunrise Hike with Peter Habeler to GratlspitzSocial
09:00 - 10:45Ideas against Inequality - Presentation of the Findings of the Breakout SessionsPlenary
11:15 - 12:50Tackling Health Inequality in the European UnionPlenary
12:50 - 13:00Summarising RemarksPlenary
13:15 - 14:45Health Talk: Throw-away Society - Who is Responsible?Social
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 01: Primary Health Care - Daring to Change or Just More of the Same?Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 02: Equality of Opportunity in Healthcare - Tyrol vs. Vienna.Partner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 03: Healthcare Hotline - 24 Hours of Effective HelpPartner
15:30 - 17:00Partner Session 04: The Limits of the Welfare State - Charity as a SolutionPartner
17:30 - 19:00Generation Couch Potato - Alternatives to Finger-WaggingSocial
17:30 - 19:00Partner Session 05: Health Care in Danger - Violence Against Health Care Workers Must EndPartner
17:30 - 19:00Partner Session 06: The Helping Hand - Changing Roles of Health Professionals in a Modern Healthcare SystemPartner