The year 2010-2011 has been successful to all our beneficiaries including the orthopedic and audiology clinic and the School for the Deaf (ESMA) which has just changed its name to Centre for Education and Community Based Rehabilitation (CERBC), as recommended by the General assembly held on August 13th, 2010. Aru School for the Deaf (ESMA) remains as one of the Departments of CERBC which acts as an umbrella seeking support for both the school and Clinic.
CERBC is well structured, and focuses its work in special education and rehabilitative care. These two areas of action include several activities: the primary, secondary and vocational education of children including youngdeaf, blind and physically handicapped. The Rehabilitation care includes counseling, physiotherapy and orthopedic corrections. At the Clinic level there is also the Audiology service with an Earmold laboratory which started as a small service attached to the school.
CERBC is located in the town of Aru Territory, in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our activities are mainly focused in two Health Districts: Aru and Watsa, with an estimated population of around 2.5 million inhabitants. With the aim of providing quality service to the community, CERBC has created links during the last two years with other national and international organizations for several reasons: capacity building of staff through training and provision of necessary materials and equipment.
We are always examining the way we develop and carry out our activities to make them more effective and efficient and we noticed the success of activities during the year 2010-2011, including the concentration of the staff, availability of basic material and resources, uninterrupted attendance of patients at the clinic, capacity building of staff, regular monitoring of the national education curriculum and planned activities, partnerships with various institutions and NGOs, donors’ support, good structuring of services as well as the security observed in Aru territory.
We thank God who has protected our work; we believe that His strong hand is on us to promote our work.
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