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Nov 26, 2018

Updates from Pakistan!

We are pleased to say that the Community Health Worker project is moving ahead. We have identified additional Master Trainers who will now be able to train and benefit more people. A meeting was held on 12th November 2018 for primary and potential Master Trainers to discuss the programme together. As of 24th November, Master Trainers have begun the 8 days of MAITS training, after which they will begin rollout of the programme to local CHWs.

 

The Team

MAITS is working with four local institutions in Pakistan; Ziauddin University, MEANS Institute, Aga Khan University and ACELP. Representatives from these institutions make up our initial team of Master Trainers, including:

2 Occupational Therapists, 2 Physical Therapists, 3 Speech and Language Therapists, 4 Psychologists.

Ziauddin University is inducting an additional Physical Therapist and Speech Therapist to the Master Trainer team. Their team met and discussed the program in detail with the Head of Family Medicine who is also responsible for the Public Health Centre at Ziauddin Hospital, she has offered 3 hours of her time per week.

Translation Work

MAITS has provided stationery, data collection forms and training manuals for the four institutions. The team in Pakistan has made some requests for additional materials. We managed to identify trainee therapists and clinicians from Ziauddin University who have agreed to translate our manuals into Urdu at a reduced rate. They will form one group consisting of Physical Therapy students and the other consisting of the Speech and Language Therapy department’s interns. All Ziauddin Master Trainers are meeting in the first week of December to finalise the translation teams and timeline. All translators will receive incentives for their work and a certificate from MAITS.

Local Coordination

We have decided how to monitor the project with the CHWs. Each CHW has to train and monitor at least 4-5 families and must collect data accordingly. Feedback from will be collected from them biweekly and it will be overseen by Aga Khan and Ziauddin Universities.

 

MAITS would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful donors, without whom this project would not be possible! Thank you for supporting us in helping some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable children and their families.

If you would like to continue to support highly vulnerable children in Pakistan, please follow the link to our project page. It is very simple to set up a monthly recurring donation of any amount, and this money goes a long way for us and the beneficiaries in Pakistan as GlobalGiving often matches recurring donations.

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

Nov 5, 2018

Rolling Training Over to Next Year

Dear Donors,

MAITS planned to train local outreach workers in Lebanon supporting Syrian refugees, to help families with disabilities such as autism. On the request of our partners in Lebanon, training has been pushed forward to next year due to capacity issues. Training will resume in accordance with the original project structure. We apologise for the delay and hope to continue to receive your generous support! If you wish for your donation to be transferred to another project, please look out for our life-saving project in Rwanda that is due to go live shortly, our training project in Pakistan or get in touch at info@maits.org.uk

Sep 5, 2018

Training of Community Workers underway in Karachi!

Community Health Worker Project- Pakistan (September 4th, 2018

This has been a busy time for the MAITS Community Health Worker project in Pakistan! We have hired a local coordinator locally to coordinate training and provide logistical support as up until now we were coordinating the project from the UK and having someone working locally on a part-time basis makes a lot more sense! Our coordinator arranged a meeting of all of our master trainers, including local charities MEANS and ACELP and Ziauddin University to organise the roll out of the training. Trainers from Aga Khan will join the project at a later date. A group of 5 Community Health Workers (CHW) in Karachi, Pakistan has been agreed; we also have Master Trainers who will train a further 2 therapists in their organisations.

Training/Beneficiaries

Over the summer, all the Master Trainers met up to agree on the process of rolling-out training of Community Workers. This training is beginning in September and there will be 2-3 weeks training for the Community Workers, after which time, they will start directly using their disability training with beneficiaries from 1st Oct 18.

For the first phase we will have 15 CHWs. Each CHW works with around 4-5 children with disabilities. That means overall, we have a minimum of 60 and maximum of 75 direct beneficiaries for this part of the project.

The Plan

  • The CHWs will collect data on the children they are supporting and the ways in which they are being supported on a fortnightly basis and this will be submitted to our local coordinator to collate.
  • At the end of November, one of our partners, who is a Professor and Principal in the Faculty of Speech and Language and Hearing at the Ziauddin University will evaluate the data and look at whether to keep the visits fortnightly or extend the evaluation.

Manual Translation/Stationery

We have identified translators to undertake the translation of the Community Health Worker manual and Parent’s Guide into Urdu. This is a MAITS’ resource that was developed to help Community Workers to support families in their own homes and covers a range of neurodevelopmental disabilities (disabilities that affect the way the brain works). The translators are a team of graduate therapists from Ziauddin University, to make sure that the manuals are translated in a way that is accurate but also in language that is accessible to parents. As well as this, we have made translated Urdu copies of the manual in order to effectively support families, including extra blank pages to enable CHWs to take notes in their language. They will only be using pictures with the parents, but their hand-written notes will be helpful in reminding them the content.

MAITS will issue Master Trainer certificates to the newly trained Master Trainers.

We have provided 300 sets of evaluation forms for the organisations have been provided for training and evaluation purposes.

We, at MAITS, are very optimistic about the Community Health Worker Project in Pakistan and, once again, would like to take this opportunity to thank our donors, without whom the project would not be possible! Thank you for supporting us in helping some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable children and their families.

 
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