Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Program

The plight of the disabled in the country is very grim characterized by negative community attitudes, lack of or expensive rehabilitative services, lack of laws protecting disabled persons among others. In Kibera an area where most of the people live below the poverty line, the situation of persons with disabilities are extremely grim with families barely able to properly feed, provide therapy and other needs to the children with disabilities.

 

Persons with disabilities and young children with disability require mobility aids for them to improve and be able to perform some activities of daily living. 

 

Goals

Rehabilitation of children with physical and mental disabilities in our clinics aims at empowering parents on conducting therapeutic exercises as advised and sharing with other parents on the challenges that they may encounter when caring for these types of children. The parents are also taught on how to make some simple appliances using the available materials.

 

Introduction

Statistics on PWDs in the world puts their numbers around 0.5 Billion and therefore it would not be fair to say they are a minority. They are the largest group of marginalized individuals in the whole world and are among the poorest of the poor. In Kenya PWDs are marginalized and discriminated, they are also limited in social and development activities.  The needs of PWDs are largely ignored although, they face the same issues as their non-disabled peers, societal prejudices, barriers, and ignorance further exacerbates their concerns.

 

In many places, there is considerable stigma and sometimes shame imposed on Persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their families by their communities. Feeling embarrassed and ashamed, families often do not acknowledge having a PWD and may limit the interaction of the PWD with the rest of society. The greatest impediments continue to be discrimination, prejudice, and social isolation. Ignorance of disability concerns results in the needs of PWDs being unrealized, leading to a loss of self-esteem, self-worth and the creation of social isolation. The period between childhoods to adulthood is a period that prepares the individual for successful adulthood. Yet for people with disability, there is an almost universal lack of inclusion in activities that build fundamental social, educational and economic skills. This exclusion is often formally sanctioned; person’s disabilities being barred from participating in formal cultural and religious ceremonies that help define an individual’s changing status in the eyes of the community. This exclusion distinguishes people with disability from all other groups of people in every society and this exclusion has profound implications in their personal lives.

 

Social, economic and educational issues are far more pressing issues for many people with disabilities than medical issues. Yet without medical and rehabilitative care full social inclusion is impossible. The availability of rehabilitative care, orthopedic devices and appropriate health care need to be singled out both because of a significant lack of such services and because all too often, social and economic discussions about people with disability are side tracked by their presumed medical or rehabilitative needs. There are two areas of concern:

  1. Unmet Rehabilitative needs for some PWDs that may lessen their ability to fully participate in society; and
  2.  Lack of access to general health care and health promotion services that may lessen a person’s ability to maintain good health and productivity.

 

With this in mind the project will aim to provide therapeutic services, orthopedic devices, school sponsorship, parents/caregivers trainings and community to facilitate greater independence and self reliance for persons with disability in the community.

 

 Project Objectives

  1. Improve functional independence to at least 300 children through therapeutic services; 150 children through provision of appliances; 75 children through medical and surgical operation to correct/manage disability.
  2. To enhance integration to at least 50 children with disabilities in schools both inclusive/integrated and special schools.
  3. Train 150 parents and guardians of children with disabilities on lobbying and advocacy for the rights of persons with disability.
  4. Create awareness on causes of disabilities to 1000 people per year in the community through open forums.
  5. Empowerment and motivation of staff members through training and team building activities.