Community Health Empowerment Programme Sri Lanka

by MAITS - Multi-Agency International Training and Support
Community Health Empowerment Programme Sri Lanka
Community Health Empowerment Programme Sri Lanka
Community Health Empowerment Programme Sri Lanka
Community Health Empowerment Programme Sri Lanka
Community Health Empowerment Programme Sri Lanka
Community Health Empowerment Programme Sri Lanka

MAITS partnered with a disability organization in Sri Lanka, MJF Charitable Foundation (MJFCF). We have successfully organized Phase One of our Community Empowerment Programme with the support of MAITS and trained 18 therapists through our adapted online programme. The training was delivered online by 3 of MAITS expert trainers. This was a huge achievement despite the challenges of the pandemic and long lockdowns.  

The key successes for this reporting period are as follows:

Translation of MAITS training resources in Tamil and Sinhala - In order to train social services, development officers, community workers who work closely with the families of children with disabilities in the community, the training resources were required to be translated in to the local languages. These resources were first translated into the local languages and then translated back to English to ensure that the meanings are not lost in translation.

Training of 275 social services and development officers - we aimed to train 90 community health workers who are locally termed "social and development officers" in 4 provinces. However, due to covid restrictions traveling to these regions was limited. This opened up to an opportunity to train more social workers through online training. We have trained 230 officers in the Sinhala and 45 officers in Tamil medium who are working in all districts of Sri Lanka.

MJF charitable foundation is the charitable arm of Dilmah tea and the foundation focuses on the social, economic and environmental sustainability of its initiatives, empowering individuals, families and entire communities. These include the multifaceted MJF Centres, supporting communities around Sri Lanka, the Small Entrepreneur Programme with over 2,000 small entrepreneurs, the Empower Culinary & Hospitatlity Schools and disABILITY – a project that focuses on possibilities, the ability of people with disabilities are some of the core initiatives of the foundation which enhance people’s capabilities and provide them with opportunities enabling them to self-sustaining and rewarding lives. The organization has 4 centers around the country to support more than 400 children with disabilities with the necessary educational and therapeutic services. And another 260 families with CWDs get benefitted through the online platform “disABILITY Screening App” with the much-needed rehabilitation services. These families are from areas where these are not available or very limited. This App/online platform for tele-health/rehab was developed and launched as a post-Covid response. The organisation has also distributed more than 2700 paediatric wheelchairs and 2000 mobility devices to PWDs around the country. All the services are provided free of cost to these families.

Training of 18 Master Trainer Trainees 

The online Zoom sessions were presented over a period of three weeks (16 online Master training sessions for 25 hours to be followed by local CHW training) under following topics.

Introduction to the Course

Child Growth and Development

Child Growth and Development

Supporting the Family

Supporting the Child

Beliefs and perspectives on disability

Intro & Child Development and Play

Physical Management and Activities of Daily Living

Communication and Behaviour

Eating and Drinking

Child Assessment and Using MAITS Guide for Parents

Working with Caregivers and Using MAITS Guide for Parents

It was so exciting to see how the participants involved in discussions with a lot of enthusiasm which expected as an essential part of this training. This was a very useful training for the therapists who has been working with CWDs and can share this knowledge and experience for the training of Social services and Community workers.

travel restrictions imposed due to covid and then the economic crisis in Sri Lanka. The home visits to the families with special needs children was hugely impacted because of the fuel crisis and the transport issues.

We are not expecting the impact on the deliverables of the project as the social development workers continued to offer services in their communities but the reporting back to the host organisation was a challenge. We are working with the host organisation in this difficult time to provide support where possible.

MAITS joined hands with Wheels to Heal to send support equipment to our partner, MJFCF in Sri Lanka. These equipment will support our mobility aids distribution programmes and is very helpful to offer mobility support to many deserving individuals in the country to play their part as active members of the community.

We have been avoiding unnecessary travel by all means. Following the local regulations and guidelines is of utmost importance. Political instability, public protests, local travel restrictions/sudden curfews, fuel crisis and the transport issues are huge challenges to implement the second phase of this project. The online training has provided a great opportunity during these challenging times to enhance the services provided to the CWDs and their families in the grass root levels.

The 18 therapists who were trained to be the Master Trainers have supported many families both physically and virtually (using our platform). They would have helped more than 200 families and they have also trained 275 social development officers who work very closely with these families in the community. These trained officers would have helped more than 1000 families around the country.

MAITS & MJF Charitable Foundation are very thankful for your contributions.

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Due to the ongoing situation in Sri Lanka at this time, we do not have any further information to report at the present moment.

MAITS will roll out training around practical and life saving techniques to families of children with developmental difficulties in their own homes as soon as it is possible to do so. 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 Cerebral Palsy, Lanka and Satya School India, to address a critical skills gap. We will train 30 Master trainers in resource poor regions 150 Community Healthworkers across 4 districts in Sri Lanka and 5 regions in South India Reach and improve quality of lives for 800 families with special needs over 12 months.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Dear Supporters,

Last year has been very difficult in terms of COVID restrictions and reaching out to families with children with special needs because of the strict lockdown in Sri Lanka.

In September 2020, we successfully delivered Phase One of our Community Health Worker Empowerment Programme to Cerebral Palsy, Lanka, training 30 members of staff through our adapted online programme. This is a huge achievement in the current circumstances.

Our partner organisation CP Lanka have now successful translated the training resources "MAITS Manual - Caring for Children with NeuroDevelopmental Disabilities" in both Sinhala and Tamil to roll out the upskilling of the Community Health Workers and parents of children with Special Needs.

MAITS Trained therapists at CP Lanka, started the online training program for the Social Services in both Sinhala and Tamil in October 2021. The training was delivered to nearly 280 participants in both Sinhala and Tamil medium. It was a 3 weeks program on Childhood Disabilities. The participants work with the families of the children with special needs on social services support. 

MAITS Trainers will be selecting few officers from the group of trained individuals for the dissemination of MAITS training package. This online training served to be a basic training for these individuals before our complete training on MAITS packages starts. We are aiming to start the full roll out in January 2022.

We would like to extend our thanks to all the contributors and supports. Your donations will help us reach 600 - 700 families with special needs children in Sri Lanka. They will receive the health care services they deserve in comfort of their homes!

MAITS Team

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Dear Friend,

After a very difficult 18 months, MAITs are wanting to update you on all our news in Sri Lanka. Thank you for being so patient and supporting all of our work to date. It is hugely important that we continue to be there for our parents and partners during such an uncertain time.

In September 2020, we successfully delivered Phase One of our Community Empowerment Programme to Cerebral Palsy, Lanka, training 30 members of staff through our adapted online programme. This is a huge achievement in the current circumstances.

We hoped to deliver Phase Two of our programme this year. However, the prevailing situation around COVID and the ongoing closure of schools has significantly impacted on our ability to deliver face-to-face training to community healthcare workers - and do this to our current timetable!

However please be assured that MAITS continues to work really hard behind the scenes with partners.

Cerebral Palsy, Lanka have recently translated and printed all of our Manuals so that we are ready to commence as soon as the situation becomes viable. With your support, we will go on to see our Master Trainers train 140- 150 community health workers in Sri Lanka - supporting 600-750 families of children with development disabilities by empowering them with the skills they need. As soon as we can deliver this we will update you with all our progress. 

Thank you for helping us achieve our milestones - and we look forward to being in touch,.

Please do follow us @MAITS_int for more news and also on our Facebook page where we regularly share news, updates and stories.

We are so grateful for all that you do.

Warm wishes,


Emma, Sadia, Kamila and Edwina

The MAITS Team

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MAITS are thrilled to report that to date, we have continued to make great strides in rolling out our training programme to support children with special needs in Pakistan.

In partnership with Ziauddin University, MAITS has just finished training 6 therapists as Master Trainers (MTs) in February 2021. Three of our Master Trainers have begun to train local community healthworkers in rural regions.

Afshan Memon, a MAITS Master Trainer and Speech Language Therapist/Audiologist, has delivered this in partnership with The Talk Clinic in Hyderabad, Sindh Province. This is the very first time MAITS has trained in this region. 

Afshan has just finished training 15 healthworkers here and has generated so much interest, that MAITS have been featured on the local news channel Abbtakk News.

We've included a link to this video of the coverage as we are proud of this fantastic achievement.

Afshan is already confident that through local community health workers, the clinic will be able to reach many more parents, carers and children with developmental disabilities in the rural regions of Hala, Nawabshah, Matli and beyond.

At ACELP Institute of Child Development, Karachi, Pakistan, MAITS have trained 6 therapists as Master Trainers who have just trained 15 Community Healthworkers (CHWS). They will now reach and impact upon the lives of many more children with special needs. 

Thank you to all of our trainers, volunteers, supporters and partners in our work. You are hugely important to us.

Thank you for being part of MAITS's social community.

The MAITS Team

Sadia, Kamila, Emma, Edwina, 

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