Rehabilitation and social inclusion of children with disabilities
50 children with disabilities and related families
Department of Social Welfare (DSW), Local Communities, Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation
Francesca Pecorari foundation, Don Carlo Gnocchi foundation
This new project, started in 2020, is a start-up of a rehabilitation centre which could be the reference in Kyaing Tong township, where there isn’t any service for disability.
This new centre is going to be build in Kyaing Tong city, close to main road, in order to be easily accessible. The center would become a reference point on territory, a multipurpose place where there will be organized physiotherapy’s activities, special education and doctor’s visits for children with disabilities, meetings for families, awareness meeting for all citizens, professional trainings for operator working in disability’s field.
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 activities are not limited inside the center, but our community based rehabilitators are regularly visiting families and organizing awareness sessions in the town and in communities.
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.
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.
In Kyaing Tong there is only a residential center for people with disabilities, without any professional staff and without any rehabilitation service. In this area there aren’t any other services for disability.
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