Project Launch: 12-28-18
By using a community-based rehabilitation (CBR) approach, Forum for the Development of Youth with Disability (FDYD) seeks to address the current needs of children with disabilities in Bangwe and surrounding areas. This will involve the provision of physiotherapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy at the community level, including the renovation of a building in the community to become a permanent home for these services. The project leaders will engage the services of at least one qualified physiotherapist who will be supported by community-based workers trained as part offor this projectprogram. This concept will decentralize responsibilities and resources, both human and financial, to the community. Overall, In this way, families with children with disabilities will have greater access to rehabilitation services, overcoming the barriers of travel such as the high costs to reach other rehabilitation centers outside the community and, the high cost of rehabilitation services themselves, and the frequency with which the clients must access the service. The project will enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities and their caregivers, who are mostly women, by meeting their basic rehabilitation needs, ensuring inclusion, and full participation in local life.
Project Update: 4-24-19
Three months after start of the project, FDYD has finished extending the building to include the physiotherapy hall. 80% of the equipment such as arm rest, standing frame, yoga mat and walking frames have been procured, while others not available in Malawi have been ordered. The project has also identified two assistant workers from the local community who will start working with the Physical Therapist once the space is complete and the necessary equipment has been installed. Eight children have already been registered for rehabilitation services. The project will directly impact parents, especially mothers, who spend much of their time taking care of children instead of engaging in other production activities.