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Sep 10, 2019

Seeing results from the training in Pakistan!

Community health workers during their training
Community health workers during their training

Dear friends and supporters,

Many thanks to everyone who has generously donated to the MAITS Community Health Worker project, which is providing community workers and families of children with developmental disabilities with the skills they need to help the children thrive.

The project has made fantastic progress since our last report. Our therapists have officially finished training 13 community health workers, who are now using their training when working in the community. The feedback from the community health workers has been fantastic.

Gunaz is one of the community health workers we trained. She works at the Community Outreach Centre in Sikanderabad. She explained: “Two children came into the centre recently and for the first time ever I was able to recognise that the children had cerebral palsy and was actually able to refer them to the doctor. I felt really confident explaining to the doctors that the children have CP and they took the referrals.” Shehla is one of the other community health workers and works at the Public Health Centre in Shehla explained: “Now I am referring children who have autism for speech and language therapy. Whereas before I would have thought that they just had behavioural issues, I now realise that that is not the case and am able to make sure they are getting the help they need.” All the trainees have received hands-on training, working directly with families to be able to support children with building their speech and muscle strength under the clinical supervision of MAITS’ trainers so they can provide this support to families in addition to the support the children will receive from specialist services.You can see some of what the Master Trainers and community health workers in these photos. 

To celebrate the dedication of everyone involved in this training, we invited everybody to recieve their certificates in Karachi, Pakistan. It was a fantastic celebration of what MAITS training can achieve. The invitees included including 12 Community Health Workers, 8 of their Master Trainers, representatives of our two partner organisations for this project, ACELP and Ziauddin University, two families of children with disabilities. MAITS' very own Sadia ran the event. 4 new Master Trainers and 12 Community Health Workers received their certificates.

One of the MAITS trained therapists said: “The families that Community Health Workers can reach are based in rural areas where there has been no access to any professional services. Whilst therapists can be unaware of the problems faced by people with disabilities in rural communities, CHWs have a better understanding. CHWs are now making referrals so the therapists who have the solutions to these issues can reach the families.” Through this project, we have established a system of referrals, and created a great relationship between MAITS and organisations working with some of the most disadvantaged people with disabilities in Pakistan. MAITS has 12 highly qualified master trainer therapists who can continue to roll out the community health worker project.

We have also had requests from charities in the Punjab area of Pakistan and Rawalpindi and Lahore to roll out the programme. We are fundraising for this now, so please continue to give and share the word of MAITS’ work in Pakistan so this project can continue to spread and grow.

Thank you once again, 

Esther Hamilton, 

MAITS CEO

MAITS Master Trainer, Ali, delivering training
MAITS Master Trainer, Ali, delivering training

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Aug 16, 2019

Rwanda Weaning Training

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 

MAITS would like to extend a warm thanks to all those who have generously donated to MAITS’ Life-saving Infant Feeding Training Liberia/Rwanda project. With your help, we have now managed to raise £2,370, which gets us ever closer to our goal of £21,689. Reaching this goal will allow us not only to deliver the infant feeding training in Liberia, which is the first stage of the training, but also follow up this training in Rwanda where it was successfully piloted with the second stage, the infant weaning training.

 

Since our last report, we have managed to arrange a small amount of top up training in Rwanda to help with the issues around weaning because this was urgent. The amount we have managed to arrange so far will go towards that training taking place. We have booked flights for our two MAITS experts to travel to Rwanda in September to deliver this.

 

Winning additional funding would also enable us to run the first stage, the infant feeding training, in Liberia. This training is low cost and incredibly effective in reducing the infant mortality rates by supporting women in feeding their infants in the first few vitals months of motherhood.  The successful pilot has in Rwanda has reached 4,400 mothers and babies since February 2018. We aim to duplicate this success in Liberia, which currently has the 19th highest infant mortality rate in the world. By training 26 local healthcare professionals, we would reach 415 mothers and babies to support them through their first year of breastfeeding & weaning. The project will also train 2 local master trainers who can roll out the programme on an ongoing basis with continued clinical supervision by MAITS trainers, making this project sustainable.

 

We hope that with your continued support we will be able to see these projects save more lives in Rwanda and Liberia. If you would like to see this too, please spread the word about MAITS’ work to your friends, families and colleges

 

Best wishes,

Esther Hamilton

Jun 13, 2019

Our Community Workers supporting families

Aasiya delivering MAITS' training
Aasiya delivering MAITS' training

Dear Friends and Supporters of MAITS Community Health Worker project in Pakistan,

Many thanks to all of you that have donated to MAITS’ Community Health Worker project, which is providing community workers and families of children with developmental disabilities with the skills they need to help the children thrive.

The three key elements of the programme are:

  1. Training disability therapists to be able to roll out our Community Health Worker programme as master therapists.
  2. Those master therapists then train community workers and provide them with ongoing support and guidance in working with families
  3. The Community Health Workers then provide practical guidance to families on how to best support their children.

Important achievement of the MAITS’ Community Health Worker programme

We are delighted to share that this programme, which we piloted originally in Jamaica, in partnership with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation won a merit award at the World Cerebral Palsy Awards 2018.

This project in Pakistan is the same MAITS’ project based on the same model, adapted for the Pakistan context.

Update

Thanks to your kind donations, we have able to train 6 more Master Trainers who are training local community workers in Karachi. This brings us to a total of 12 fully trained Master Trainers since the beginning of this project.

So far, 13 Community Health Workers have benefitted from MAITS training and are using the skills they have learned to directly support the children they are working with.

These Community Health Workers are now continuing to use the programme during home visits to children with disabilities and their families in the community. Alongside promoting and improving the health of these children, the CHWs indispensable work also includes encouraging awareness and acceptance of neurodevelopmental conditions within wider society. As one of our Master Trainers, Aasiya Sachwani, who is an Assistant Professor and Director of Speech and Language and Hearing Sciences at Ziauddin University said, this encouragement “ensures that every child is reaching their full potential, both within their homes and on a larger scale within their communities.” (See photo above of Aasiya providing training). 

Our Master Trainers are highly qualified disability therapists who roll out this training to community workers as volunteer trainers in their spare time. Some of the trainers from this project, Aasiya and Ali, who is also a speech and language expert at Ziauddin University, went as volunteers to Sri Lanka in January to deliver the same training there (as part of a different project) using the skills they learnt on this master training course.

Word is spreading about the programme and our master trainers and partners from Ziauddin University have agreed to train a new cohort of 10 Community Health Workers through in Sikanderabad project. The continuation of the Master Trainers work with Community Health Workers will allow the training to diffuse to more families, improving the lives and health of more children with disabilities.

All this work continues to boost the level of knowledge and competency in the field, as well as the confidence, capabilities and awareness of child health amongst the trainee and trained Community Health Workers. This vital work is expanding MAITS’ vision for sustainable, accessible health services to all children.

We have also had requests from charities in the Punjab area of Pakistan and Rawalpindi and Lahore to roll out the programme and we are fundraising for this.

If you click on the link below and donate over $100 between 2pm on Thursday 18th July and 5am on Friday 19th July, Global Giving will match fund your donation by at least 15%!

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-for-those-with-disabilities-in-pakistan/ 

You can keep up to date with the project’s progress, and all MAITS’ other work, on Twitter at @MAITS_Charity and on Facebook at MAITS.Charity

You can also read more about the background of the project on pages 15 and 16 of MAITS' annual report:

https://www.maits.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Annual-Report-2018-1.pdf

Thank you so much once again for your support for MAITS' Community Health Worker project.

Kindest regards,

Esther

Our community worker training in Karachi
Our community worker training in Karachi
 
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