Southern African Spinal Cord Association (SASCA)
The Southern African Spinal Cord Association (SASCA) provides information to health care professionals and policy makers. Promotes the treatment and rehabilitation of the spinal cord injured, and networks with governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and other service providers.
SASCA was formed in 1993 and we are affiliated with the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS).
SASCA has hosted 7 national congresses and several workshops countrywide since our formation. SASCA will be hosting the International Spinal Cord Society Congress in 2008.
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.
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
• 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