Supporting Children with Disabilities, Bangladesh

by MAITS - Multi-Agency International Training and Support
Supporting Children with Disabilities, Bangladesh

Dear Supports,


The 60 trained community health workers submitted baseline data about the health of 99 children with special needs in Dhaka. The community health workers are supporting approximately 300 children but for evaluation purposes MAITS is only requesting data of 1 - 2 families from each community health worker.

On the first home visit, community health workers collected base line information about the child according to which 47.5% children were in the age bracket of 2 - 6 years. The prominent disabilities are related to Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Learning disabilities. About 64% of the children reported chest infections in the last 3 months which can occur due to feeding difficulties and parents not being aware of the feeding techniques. Toileting, bathing, eating & drinking appeared to be the main challenges that the care givers were dealing with.

Based on this information, the CHWs trained parents on some of the techniques from the MAITS guide which has pictorial illustrations to help parents and family members learn about support their children with disabilities to become more independent.


We are receiving the data from the returned visit which is being reviewed and analysed to report on to.

MAITS team is very thankful to you for your support.

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Dear Friends,

60 MAITS trained Community Health Workers are continuing home visits to children with developmental disabilities in Dhaka under the supervision of CRP Bangaldesh.

We are continually receiving encourging cast studies and stories from Bangladesh. Our team his very much excited to see the families receiving support in Bangladesh through our work!

Story told by the Community Health Worker:

Naz is four years old. She has cerebral palsy (level ii).

At the first day (11th October, 2021) I had found – Bathing, Dressing and Grooming are more difficult than other tasks for the mother.

Yeasmin taught Naz and her parents by using MAITS book. During the 2nd visit (26th October, 2021)it was found that Bathing is improved than previous days but dressing and grooming have not changed. 

After 3rd Visit time (10thNovember, 2021) it was received that Naz had improved in dressing and grooming, but in grooming she takes more time. Her mother was so much happy.

 During the 4th visit time (25thNovember, 2021) it was observed that Naz had performed toileting, dressing and grooming independently but during the grooming, she takes more time.

We can't thank you all enough for supporting our work!


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On 1st February MAITS started the third online Training of Trainers programme with the aim of training up to 26 professionals to become future MAITS Master Trainers. The organisations involved are the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Bangladesh (CRP, Bangladesh) and Ziauddin University as well as one trainee joining from Al-Rozan Association for Special Children in Pakistan.

The training sessions ran over a two-week period, with each session lasting 2 hours comprising of 11 sessions in total. Following the feedback from the previous training, the International Master Trainers have decided to reduce the time spent on some of the slides to ensure that sessions do not overrun and to focus on training participants on the role of Master Trainer. We also introduced a polling to be run at the end of each session which helped ensure positive participation to sessions and encouraged participants to be as interactive as possible over Zoom.

The training concluded on 22nd February 2021, after which the newly qualified Master Trainers trained the 60 Community Health Workers (CHWs) in respective countries to benefit their community settings. 

This is the first time MAITS has collaborated with CRP Bangladesh. The organisation, inaugurated in 1979, was founded to meet the desperate needs of people with disabilities. Over the years, CRP hasbecome recognized as an internationally renowned organization that serves and rehabilitates people with disabilities. MAITS is training young professionals from CRP and the team of prospective Master trainers are currently serving as Clinical Occupational Therapists, Clinical Physiotherapists and Clinical Speech and Language Therapists. 

60 CHWS are ready to reached out the families of children with special needs. The home visits started in October 2021 and MAITS is collecting the progress reports of the children for the next 3 quarters.

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Dear Friend and Supporter,

We’re excited to give you an update on the incredible progress we have made to date in partnership with Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Bangladesh in 2021.

This is the first time MAITS has collaborated with CRP Bangladesh. This highly renowned organisation was founded in 1971 to meet the desperate needs of people with disabilities and is well-networked into the local community. MAITS has now completed both phases of our Community Healthworker Empowerment training this year in spite of pressures of the pandemic. We began by training 15 Master Trainers, in February 2021. These are expert therapists serving as clinical occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech and language specialists.

Our Master Trainers (MTs) have now rolled out Phase Two of our programme to 40 Community Healthworkers (CHWs) alongside parents from the local community. This highly participatory programme ensures that parents of families with special needs learn practical and wellbeing interventions from feeding techniques, to positioning and muscle strengthening exercises. They do this in presences of CHWs to embed their learning and strengthen skills to better meet the needs of their child(ren).

CPR Bangladesh has also made 5 booklets separating the MAITS Manual to make it user-friendly, recently and have recently translated it into Bangla! 

We are so thrilled to have achieved our goals to date and look forward to updating you in the near future.

Thank you so much for your support.



The MAITS Team

Sadia, Kamila, Edwina, Emma

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