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MYCEPA

Rehabilitation for children with cerebral palsy

2015 till 2016
Chisamba, Zambia

Context

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects many Zambian children. Local beliefs attribute it to “a punishment for something bad that was done by the child’s family”.

Fear of judgement, ignorance and lack of information do not allow communities to respond appropriately. In addition, there are currently no specialised treatment centers for cerebral palyst in Zambia. As a result, these children too often die from lack of care and attention.

Beneficiaries

First, children who suffer from a lack of oxygen at birth, which causes their paralysis. Second, their mothers who are often alone to deal with the difficulties of caring-taking.

Objective

To create in Zambia the first specialised rehabilitation center for children with cerebral palsy and motor disabilities. This will provide an environment that allows them to live with more dignity, as independently as possible and in close contact with other people. It also aims to help mothers and create synergies between affected families.

Results

The support of the JFP Foundation partly allowed construction work on the reception center and, as a result, the long-awaited opening of a physiotherapy room, an essential space for the beneficiaries.

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