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Aug 3, 2020

Project Update - How we are continuing to support children with disabilities in Pakistan

Aasiya delivering training
Aasiya delivering training

Dear Friends 

I want to begin by acknowledging the challenges we have faced as a global community over the last few months, both with the COVID-19 pandemic and important conversations about racial justice and equality. I hope this update finds you and your families safe and well during such unprecedented times. 
 
Since the outbreak, and subsequent lockdowns of international borders in March 2020, MAITS has made the decision to temporarily postpone all face-to-face programmes, in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all those we work with. This is particularly important as we support people with disabilities, who are even more vulnerable to the virus.  Despite these difficult circumstances, MAITS is determined to continue to support children with disabilities in Pakistan whilst we wait for safety to deliver face-to-face programmes. 

Over the past three months, we have worked closely with our expert trainers to deliver an online training programme to one of these organisations, Eilya Carehome, an NGO and school supporting 80 children with disabilities. This resulted in a fantastic 13-session online course, delivered by five of our trainers, which directly targeted Eilya's needs. 

Ther were 22 members of staff who attended our training sessions, ranging from therapists to special educational needs teachers. You can see Aasiya Sachwani, speech and language therapist based in Toronto, Canda, delivering her session on supporting families in the home in the photo below. 

The training was a great success- both trainees and trainers were so pleased with the format that we are now coordinating a digitalised version of the Community Healthworker Training programme, which we will be running over the next few months to organisations all over the world. You can find out more about this programme by following our social media accounts (as listed below). 
 
As you know, at the end of March 2020, three of the expert therapists from Karachi were also due to be delivering life-changing training to 36 community health workers at AURA, a local healthcare NGO in the Karachi area. This was unfortunately interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak, which resulted in nation-wide school closure in Pakistan. We will be rescheduling the training in the Karachi for when it will be safe to deliver, as this organisation will benefit from face-to-face training from our local expert trainers. We will bring you more updates on this programme in our next report. 
 
We are so hugely grateful for your support of MAITS’ work at this very challenging time.

With all best wishes,  

Esther

CEO, MAITS 

Training content for our partners
Training content for our partners

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Jul 8, 2020

Infant Feeding Training Update

Dear Friend,

I want to begin by acknowledging the challenges we have faced as a global community over the last few months, both with the COVID-19 pandemic and important conversations about racial justice and equality. I hope this update finds you and your families safe and well during such unprecedented times.

Since the subsequent lockdowns of international borders in March 2020, MAITS has made the decision to temporarily postpone all face-to-face programmes, in order to protect the health and wellbeing of all those we work with. This particularly important as we support people with disabilities, who are even more vulnerable to the virus.

MAITS are now very excited to be looking towards the future – and how we can digitally transform our programmes. Our intention is to adapt our training programmes to deliver online, beginning in March 2020. This is (obviously) subject to change.

MAITS deliver low cost, high impact programmes. Our work involves supporting infants born prematurely with disabilities by teaching parents and carers effective feeding techniques. These life-saving interventions prevent the risk of children with conditions like cerebral palsy from developing respiratory infections, which make them vulnerable to COVID-19. Our training also reduces preventable malnutrition, helping mothers to minimalize the need for medical care in a hospital setting, where infants are exposed to the virus.

We are currently working with our partner organisation in Zambia throughout this process. As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, our priority is to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

However, your ongoing support in this fight is critical. We need now more than ever to continue to ensure children with disabilities receive the help they deserve.

We look forward to updating you later in the year with news about our programme in Zambia and thank you for your patience and supporting in these difficult times.

Best Wishes,

Esther Hamilton

CEO, MAITS

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Mar 13, 2020

Exciting Project expansion New stage in Faisalabad

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support towards our ‘Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan project.’ With your continuous generosity, we have raised £7,638, which has directly enabled us to train 11 expert therapists, who have gone on to train 14 community healthcare workers. Thanks to your donations, they are now better equipped to provide real support to children with disabilities and their families in their own homes, and have so far reached 1,400 people: 700 children with disabilities and 700 of their main carers. At the end of March 2020, 3 of the expert therapists will be delivering this life-changing training to 36 more community health workers at a local healthcare NGO in the Karachi area. The new trainees will be equipped with vital skills in identifying children with disabilities, making referrals to the right health authorities, and supporting families to provide their children with care within their own homes. This could not have been done without your donations.

Now our Karachi-based expert therapists and community health workers are fully trained and using the programme in their work, we are now fundraising for the next exciting stage in the project. We will be spreading the training further afield to Faisalabad, in the Punjab area in Eastern Pakistan. Our Karachi trainers will be travelling to Faisalabad to deliver our programme to 15 new expert therapists, from 5 different local organisations, who will go on to train 35 community healthworkers. This life-saving training will reach 500 children with disabilities and more than 500 of their main carers. We hope that you will continue to support the development of this project as we expand to a new area of Pakistan.

If you would like to give towards this new stage of the project, there is a great way to do so coming up soon. On the 23rd March 2020-Friday 27th March 2020, MAITS is taking part in GlobalGiving’s exciting Little by Little Matching Campaign: during this week alone, for everyone who makes one donation to a MAITS project of up to $50, GlobalGiving will match your generosity at 50%! This means if you donate $50 to our our ‘Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan project’, GlobalGiving will contribute an extra $25, so a total of $75 will go towards expanding this life-saving programme to Eastern Pakistan.We hope that you will continue to support this project during this exciting week.

If you would like to keep up to date with the project’s progress, and all MAITS’ other work, you can find us on Twitter at @MAITS_Charity and on Facebook at MAITS.Charity

With thanks once again,

Esther Hamilton CEO

 
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