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Education, Rehabilitation, Training and Fitting cerebral palsy

Innovative community-based rehabilitation programme

2015 till 2018
Thiès, Guédiawaye, Twaouane et Pout, Senegal

Context

In Senegal, beliefs regarding disability are still strongly regulated by traditional ideas conveyed by marabouts. Disability is explained as a punishment for a great sin committed by the family or the ancestors, or because the disabled person is possessed by evil spirits and other demons. The disabled person and his or her family are therefore strongly stigmatised and discriminated against.

The SERFA IMC project responds to three main issues (1) there are almost no quality neuro-pediatric rehabilitation services available in Senegal, (2) there is a lack of training for paramedical professionals and (3) there are no local technical aids, essential to the needs of cerebral palsy children.

Beneficiaries

Approximately 200 children (0-12 years old) with cerebral palsy and their families.

Among disabled children, children with cerebral palsy suffer strongly from marginalisation due to psychomotricity disorders that limit or delay social learning (sensory, language and motor disorders, etc.). They lose their autonomy and find themselves in a situation of total dependency which removes them from the possibility of satisfying their own needs (feeding, dressing, moving, speaking, etc.).

Objective

The SERFA IMC project is an innovative community-based rehabilitation programme which provides specific care, awareness-raising activities for families and the community, and training for professional. The training develops an approach towards the prevention of disability and the early rehabilitation of children.

The objectives of the project are independence and autonomy, as well as social integration within the Senegalese society for cerebral palsy children.

Results

In July 2016, 2 large modular standing and sitting stations, 2 large modular chairs, 3 small modular chairs, 8 walking training frames and 1 small standing station were produced.

The Foundation’s support has also enabled several orthopaedic follow-up and training missions to strengthen the skills of local partners, help produce adapted materials and train parents and staff in correctly using the materials, etc.

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