Health and Rehabilitation

Many caregivers in Zimbabwe do not seek timely health and rehabilitation services for their child. To increase understanding about disability and timely rehabilitation, we support disability awareness campaigns. Due to the late access to health and rehabilitation services, disabilities often become more severe and secondary disabilities may develop, which complicates the rehabilitation process.

Training of caregivers 

Project period:     2013-2015
Location:              Mutare District
Target:                  150 caregivers
Reached to date: 111 caregivers and disabled children with 1276 interventions

Families can be helped to accept a child’s disability and they play an important role in the rehabilitation process. They can be taught early stimulation exercises and independent skills which they can do at home with their children. When caregivers are conducting exercises with their children on a daily basis, they can significantly increase the physical functionality of the child, leading to improved mobility and increased independence. We support caregivers' training for early stimulation exercises and independent skills, and we support follow up home visits. These home visits allow to monitor the progress of the children, assess the home situation and make recommendations to the family for the child's participation within the family.

Assistive devices

Project period:     2013-2015
Location:              Mutare District
Target:                  Needs based
Reached to date: 166 disabled children with 464 interventions

Many children are in need of adapted and assistive devices, such as wheelchairs and corner seats but also medication. These devices are scarce and expensive in Zimbabwe. Adapted and assistive devices can increase the mobility and independence of a child, which enables them to participate in their families and communities. We support children with the assistive devices they need, and provide a short training on the use of the device. Providing adapted and assistive devices is not a generic activity; every child is different and every child's device will be different. Our partner organisation carefully plans, executes and evaluates every individual child intervention.

Caregiver peer-to-peer support

Project period:     2013-2015
Location:              Mutare District
Target:                  100 caregivers
Reached to date: 159 caregivers with 3964 interventions

Most caregivers of children with disabilities are women. Often they receive very little support from their husbands, while a significant amount of women are left by their husbands because of the disability of their child. We try to increase the understanding about disability through our disability awareness campaigns. In addition, peer-to-peer support is extremely important for the, often female, caregivers. They feel ‘a sense of belonging’ and ‘relief’, ‘not to be alone’, and have ‘support to share problems’. Peer-to-peer support provides caregivers with a platform to privately share their problems and learn from each other. Together, caregivers can be strengthened as advocates for the rights of their children. We encourage and support caregivers to form peer-to-peer support groups and engage in advocacy and small livelihood development activities.

Are you encouraged by our health and rehabilitation work and do you want to help us to provide sustainable rehabilitation activities to children with disabilities and their families? Support this project with a donation.

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