MAITS' award-winning Community Worker training will teach life-saving techniques that improve disabled children's health & wellbeing, through local expert volunteer trainers in Pakistan. We will equip local community workers with the skills to support families in their own homes. Piloted in Jamaica we taught simple techniques to carers of disabled children. Before our training, there were serious case reviews with children dying or very ill. After, there was not one serious case review or death.
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, children with disabilities & their families have specific needs. Community Workers support families in their own homes, but they do not have disability training - children with disabilities are at risk of preventable early death & have poor quality of life.
This project won a merit prize in the World Cerebral Palsy awards 2018 for the Jamaica pilot. We are teaching the same practical techniques to families who have children with disabilities, within their own homes, in Karachi through local Community Workers and want to continue & expand to Eastern Pakistan. Our highly qualified local volunteer trainers will train workers on techniques to address feeding issues, build strength, build speech & promote independence, therefore improving life quality.
We are ensuring local people working within their communities have skills to support vulnerable children and their families in their own homes. We work with local charities, academic institutions & local government, building skills rather than sending in external people and tackle the stigma around disability. We also provide resources which are available freely to families, health workers. More skilled support for disability will continue to benefit children and families in the long-term.