Rehabilitation and social inclusion of children with disabilities in rural areas
150 children with disabilities and related families, 64 villages
Department of Social Welfare (DSW), Local Communities, Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation
CEI, Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation
This project aims to rehabilitate and promote social inclusion of children with disabilities in rural areas. It has started since 2005 in Taunggyi township and since 2014 we’re operating also in Kyaing Tung township.
Accordingly to Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) methodology defined by WHO, we’re trying to promote social inclusion of children not only through physical rehabilitation, but also through the involvement of communities and families, based on 5 pillars: health, livelihood, education, social development and empowerment.
For this reason our community based rehabilitators are regularly visiting families, working with local communities about awareness, providing home based assistance and rehabilitation services.
A professional physiotherapist is taking care of this project, regularly visiting children and teaching parents, operators and neighbors all needed exercises for the improvement of their development in order to make them able to replicate all exercises every day at home.
This methodology is focusing on self-independency of people with disabilities and their families, for this reason we started up different activities to support families: agricultural trainings, animals raisings, water systems.
In Myanmar only 60% of population has access to health system and lack of professional personnel is one of the biggest impediments for the provision of qualified assistance services respondent to population’s real needs.
Furthermore in the Country disability is still considered as a social stigma and God’s punishment, so people with physical or mental disabilities are often hidden and marginalized.
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