COVID-19  Uganda Project #46346

COVID-19 relief Aid for children with disability

by Katalemwa Cheshire Home for Rehabilitation Services
COVID-19 relief Aid for children with disability
COVID-19 relief Aid for children with disability
COVID-19 relief Aid for children with disability
COVID-19 relief Aid for children with disability
COVID-19 relief Aid for children with disability
COVID-19 relief Aid for children with disability

REPORT ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL SPINA BIFIDA AND HYDROCEPHALUS DAY HELD ON THE 24TH OCTOBER AT HOTEL AFRICANA

Katalemwa Cheshire Home  participated at the celebration of the  International Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus day that was conducted in a scientific manner at Hotel Africana on the 24th October 2020 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we were unable to conduct the usual communal celebration and we opted for a Webinar that streamed live on the different social media pages, Zoom and it aired on some media houses. This celebration was organized in collaboration with the National Association of parents of children with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus, CURE Hospital in Mbale and the Ministry of Health and below are some of the activities that were held on the day on that Day

 Webinar

We organized a panel of 4 representatives from the National Association of parents of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, The Uganda Consumers association, a Doctor from Cure Hospital Uganda and a representative from the special needs department Ministry of Education and Sports. These deliberated on causes, identification and management of Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus, the impact of COVID 19 pandemic on children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, the fortification of foods rich in folic Acid and Inclusive Education. The theme for the day was “CLAIMING RIGHTS IN TIMES OF COVID-19”

Press conference.

A number of media houses were represented at the E conference these covered the proceedings of the webinar and Katalemwa facilitated 4 media personals from print and radio. However, our partner organization invited more media houses like NTV, NBS, New Vision and online reporters to cover the event.

Inconclusion its was a fruitful deliberation, media presence gave the event good publicity and we hope that rights bearers will address plight of children with spina Bifida and hydrocephalus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Compiled by

Basule Barbara

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A report about the status quo of Katalemwa Cheshire Home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brief background about Katalemwa

Katalemwa Cheshire Home (KCH) is a development non-government organization in Uganda involved in the rehabilitation process of children with disabilities and fulfillment of rights since 1970. KCH’s mandate is to rehabilitate children between the ages of 0-18 years and to offer support to their families in developing their potential to address the underlying causes and challenges of disability. We rehabilitate over 15,000 children annually with physical, mental psychological and neurological challenges.  KCH programmes focus on medical and social rehabilitation, production of assistive devices, promotion of quality inclusive education and livelihoods programs to enable CWDs live independent and meaningful lives.

The Main activities of Katalemwa

 Medical rehabilitation; KCH provides comprehensive quality medical rehabilitation to children with disabilities at the centre and in the community. We provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy, nutritional therapy, speech therapy, mental health care and have an early learning center that trains children with learning challenges in activities of daily living.

Assistive device production (disability appliances); We design, fabricate and fit tailor- made appliances and aids for person with disabilities. A wide number of appliances are produced mainly using locally available raw materials and appropriate technology.

Community Based Inclusive development (CBID); KCH uses the CBID approach to take services nearer to children with disabilities and empowers communities to take responsibility of rehabilitating these children.

Child empowerment (Educational support); KCH recognizes that education is vital to the transformation of any community and that quality education is every child’s right. Inclusive education creates a platform for the needs of children with disabilities to be identified and addressed.

Livelihood and socio- economic development; This programme exists to improve on the socio-economic status of CWDs and their families through imparting practical skills like training caregivers in entrepreneurial skills, VSLA group formation, craft making trainings to enable them generate household income.

Advocacy and Networking; KCH advocates for the plight of children with disabilities to reduce stigma and discrimination of these children. We work closely with right’s holders to advance different causes that affect our CWDS and stakeholder ranging from civil society, companies, individual to support our children with disabilities.

What changed during the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • Our community outreach clinics were halted because they involve mass gathering which makes it a threat to the spread of COVID-19. This has affected many children with disabilities that are unable to reach out to our center. And some center-based clinics have been suspended because they bring together many children i.e. neurological clinics.
  • Livelihood trainings are currently designed for a few people because social distancing measures have to be observed. 
  • As schools have been closed for almost four months now, our education programme has also been on halt and we are embarking on distributing learning materials for our beneficiaries to learn from home.
  •  With Advocacy, we have been using social media to advocate for the plight of children with disabilities and our advocacy team participates in networking meetings most especially online and in mini sized meetings.

Challenges

  • The number of children with disabilities accessing our services have reduced because of the economic situation in the country due to prolonged lockdowns, hiked public transport costs and as a result some children have retarded.
  • Limited orders for assistive devices at our orthopedic workshop which has affected our income to support running projects

Way forward

  • Katalemwa is embarking on strengthening the home-based care function so as to reach out to more children with disabilities in the community.
  • We currently need funds to support affected families with startup kits, business boasts to improve on incomes for families of children with disabilities
  • KCH is now designing activities that involve less people as we observe the social distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Conclusion

Katalemwa is working tirelessly to extend medical rehabilitation services to the most vulnerable children with disabilities in accordance with the standard operating guidelines during this COVID-19 pandemic, however it’s a costly venture that’s why we need donors to support our cause and bring a smile to vulnerable children with disabilities in Uganda

Compiled by

Namudope Barbara

Program Leader


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Katalemwa Cheshire Home for Rehabilitation Services

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Twitter: @katalemwacheshirehome
Project Leader:
Barbara Basule
Kampala, Uganda

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