In Zimbabwe disabilities are surrounded by myths, leading to stigmatisation of people with disabilities and their families. Generally there is limited information available about the prevention of certain disabilities, and the importance of early identification and treatment. We believe that providing people with information and breaking through myths and stigmatisation will lead to a better understanding about disability.
Raising awareness about the prevention of disabilities is extremely important, as most disabilities in Africa result from preventable causes. Pregnant mothers and their partners need to be made aware about the risk of certain behaviour and practises in order to reduce the risk of disability in the (unborn) child. Caregivers and families often do not have sufficient information about the disability of their child or about the services available to them. They may not be aware of the importance of accessing health and rehabilitation services in a timely manner, while this can seriously reduce the risk of complications and the development of secondary disabilities.
Project period: 2015
Location: 7 pre-urban and urban clinics in Mutare District
Target: 800 community members and 60 clinic staff
Reached to date: 848 community members and 46 clinic staff
We support tailored disability awareness campaigns in 7 clinics in the Mutare District. These campaigns aim to raise awareness about prevention of disability and the importance of early identification in babies and young children. Early identification improves the chances for early treatment and reduce the impact of the disability on the child and the family. The campaigns have been specifically designed for each target group and generally contain presentations, discussion and drama activities.
Are you encouraged by our work to raise awareness about disabilities and do you want to make sure that more caregivers seek early medical treatment and rehabilitation services for their children? Support this project with a donation.