MAITS will work with 2 partners, Ziauddin University, Karachi Pakistan and CRP Bangladesh to train 15 Master Trainers who will upskill therapists in resource poor regions to support children with developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome and autism. 100 Community Health Workers across Pakistan and Bangladesh will reach 360-380 families over 12 months supporting families to better meet the needs of their children.
150 million children in the world have a disability and they face exclusion in most areas of their lives. They are "more than twice as likely to report finding health care providers' skills inadequate to meet their needs" (WHO). In Pakistan and Bangladesh, there is a scarcity of skilled community health workers able to support children and families in their own homes. This has worsened since the pandemic, as frontline services are stretched and those with disabilities get left behind.
Our Community Healthworker pilot won a merit at the World Cerebral Palsy Awards 2018. MAITS will roll out training around practical and life saving techniques to families of children with developmental difficulties in their own homes. Our highly qualified expert trainers train workers and parents/carers the techniques to address feeding issues, build strength, speech and independence, improving the quality of life for all children with a range of disabilities from cerebral palsy to autism.
MAITS believe in community-led change. Our programme works in partnership with CRP Bangladesh and Ziauddin University, to address a critical skills gap by skills sharing with lead professionals, such as occupational therapists and speech and language therapists across Pakistan. We will train 21 Master trainers in resource poor regions to support 45 Community Healthworkers, improving the quality of lives for 160-180 families of those children with special needs over 12 months.