Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan

by MAITS - Multi-Agency International Training and Support
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Supporting Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Karachi training
Karachi training

Dear Readers,

In August 2022, MAITS signed partnership with the HANDS in Pakistan to train their Community Health Workers (CHWs) called Marvi workers in three different cities. MAITS organised 3 different rounds of training to train 15 CHWs in each round. The trainings were delivered by 3 teams of local MAITS Master trainers who committed their time and expertise to train the CHWs. The CHWs are expected to support 200+ children with special needs in Pakistan by working with their caregivers in a years time.

Training in Karachi: 22nd Aug- 31st Aug 2022                           

There were teething issues due to the flood situation in Pakistan and dates had to be rescheduled. MAITS Director of Operations, Sadia was in Karachi at the time and visited the training in person to access the delivery and arrangements. The training was delivered by MAITS Master trainers employed by ACELP, Karachi. Sana kainat and Rafia Suleman showed sheer determination to deliver a week long in person training to the Community Health Workers in Karachi.

Training in Hyderabad: 30th Aug- 7th Sep 2022

This region was severly affected due to floods. With the trainers traveling locally, logistically it was managable to make quick changes. The training was delivered by MAITS Master Trainers in Hyderabad, Afshan Memon and Hafeez Punjani. The 15 CHWs trained will start home visits in December to support the families of children with special needs through MAITS packages.

Training in Multan: 20th Sep- 28th Sep 2022

The Multan training was conducted by MAITS Master Trainers traveling from Karachi and Islamabad, Ali Punjani and Bakhtawar Saleem. The training was successfully delivered to 15 Community Health Workers in Multan.

 MAITS will start receiving the data of children receiving support from the 45 CHWs from December 2022 for 9 months. This data will help us analyse the changes in life experienced by the children and their families.

 

MAITS Team thanks you for your valuable to donations to help us continue our work.

MAITS Team

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Hyderabad Team
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Dear Readers,

With your support, MAITS has been able to extend our reach in Pakistan from Sindh to Punjab province. Our Director of Operations is visiting current and prospective partner organisations in Pakistan in August.

We conducted a small celebration to appreciate our 13 community health workers and two trainers who have now completed a year long commitment by supporting 50 families with special needs children in Hyderabad, Karachi. MAITS conducted interviews with our mighty work force in Hyderabad to understanc local challenges and brain storm solutions. 

Our Community Health Worker, Shoaib took MAITS to meet with Subhan, a 12-year-old boy with #leprosy, and he lives in Landhi, #Karachi with his parents and 3 siblings. Subhan and his mother are supported by Shoaib, a very enthusiastic Community Health Worker from Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre - MALC.

After receiving training from MAITS, Shoaib taught positioning techniques to Subhan’s mother. Just within 3 months of training, Subhan can now stand without any aid.

Subhan loves to hold the #Pakistani flag and play with his siblings.

NEW Partnership!

Our Director of Operation, Sadia Mirza, has recently visited HANDS Pakistan to sign off a one-year partnership. MAITS will train 50 Marvi workers in Pakistan in three different cities; Karachi, Hyderabad and Multan.

A more detailed report will be released in the coming months.

Thanks for the continual support!

MAITS Team

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Dear MAITS Supporters,

This year MAITS is working with 4 partner organisations in Pakistan. The project is at different stages for all these partners. A brief update for each partner is given below.

In addition, we are ever so excited to share that our first video resource is now ready and we will be releasing a series of videos to help parents and cares of children with special needs in comfort of their homes. The videos will be made public by June 2022. These have all been shot at our partner organisation ACELP in Karachi. Expert therapists from ACELP and Ziauddin have participated to share basic life saving technique with care givers.

Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, Pakistan (MALC)

The second cohort of MALC CHWs completed their training at MALC in February 2022, again training 15 therapists making it 30 CHWs trained so far. The training was led by three (3) recently trained Trainers from MALC accompanied by soon to be qualified Master Trainers from ACELP. It was thought a good opportunity for the therapists from ACELP to gain some additional training experience before they qualify as MAITS Master Trainers. The training ran twice a week over a period of 4 weeks.

The first cohort of 15 CHWs who received training at the end of last year have started to return their casebooks to MAITS via google forms. It is too early to see the progress families are making so far but the team at MALC seem very motivated and we are hopeful these forms will be collected over the course of the next year.

We will arrange one more training, hopefully in June for the CHWs from MALC resulting in 45-50 CHWs receiving training in total.

Ziauddin, Hyderabad, Pakistan

Afshan Memon and Hafeez Punjani, the two Level 2 Trainers from Ziauddin have completed the one-year mark of training the CHWs. In total 13 CHWs have completed the training, resulting in 50 families being reached. MAITS has prepared certificates which the two Trainers will present to the CHWs. Over the summer period in 2022, Our Director of Operations, will visit the training facility in Hyderabad and award the CHWs their incentive for completing the programme in person. It is hoped that the two trainers will continue to work with MAITS and in time become Master Trainers. We will look for more opportunities for them to conduct training sessions in their community.

ACELP, Pakistan

The four therapists from ACELP have completed a full year of working with and monitoring their CHWs. Further to this, they have taken part in the training at MALC (see above) and are now finalising the CHW casebooks for submission. Over the course of one year, the therapists have trained 15 CHWs reaching over 50 families.

AURA, Pakistan

Six therapists were trained at AURA to become MAITS Level 2 trainers. They will start training 15-20 CHWs and special educators this June. They have begun to compile the printing of materials for the CHWs and Urdu translations.

MAITS is expanding our services in Pakistan reaching out to two more provinces from July 2022, we will need your ongoing support to reach children with disabilities in desparate need of care facilities.

We can't thank you enough for the donations.

Kind regards

MAITS Team

Marie Adelaide Laprosy Centre
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Dear Friends,

We have exciting updates and impact data collected from our trainings in Pakistan.

Ziauddin University

The Master Trainers led by Afshan Memon in Hyderabad have now reached 50 children through the training of the CHWs. Please see the attached report.

The training in Karachi has been slower to get off the ground. The three trainee Master Trainers are finding it harder to reach CHWs due to ongoing restrictions. I am continuing to follow up with them to try and fix a date for their CHW training to start.

ACELP, Pakistan

The CHWs have reached 28 families. We are starting to receive the Monitoring and Evaluation forms but it is slow getting these returned. We have the baseline reports (see below) which are completed on the first visit to the families. We are now looking forward to receiving the Quarterly Review form so that we can start to monitor changes. I have been told these will be coming in the in the next few weeks.

AURA and Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) Training

We are pleased that we have now formed 2 new partnerships with AURA and MALC in Pakistan starting in December 2021. The training was held by two Master Trainers from ACELP (Nazia Abid and Aen-ul-Huda). The training was conducted in person at AURA, Karachi. Through this training MAITS experts trained 9 therapists and 15 special education teachers from AURA and MALC. 3 therapists from MALC joined the training at AURA.

In addition, MAITS has committed to train 50 CHWs working at MALC (Marie Adelaide Laprosy Centre) who work directly with families of children with special needs. This training has been led by seasoned MAITS Master Trainer Ali Punjani alongside Master Trainer Bakhtawar Saleem in November. The training will started with 15 CHWs and then hopefully will roll out to more groups after that. We are very pleased about the new partnership with MALC, Karachi and aim to train their wide network of community health workers across Pakistan.

Many thanks for your support and contribution. We are aiming to reach over 700 families in Pakistan through our programme.

MAITS Team


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Dear Friend

Thank you for your incredible support during these testing times. 

Pakistan has been tested over last 18 months and we are hugely proud of MAITS's ability to adapt and deliver our Community Healthworker Empowerment Programme across the country. Post pandemic, this has been exceptionally challenging.

Lockdowns have proven incredibly difficult by compounding the social isolation of families, but, in spite of this our staff, volunteers and partners in Pakistan continue to upskill health workers to have the confidence and support to best meet the needs of each child.

At Ziauddin University, our lead Master Trainers Hafeez and Afshan have already trained 16 therapists in Hyderabad - who are now directly supporting 70 children through their special needs training. Monitoring and Evaluation is being returned to us after each monthly visit which will enable us to see the impact of their training.

At Ziauddin University, our lead Master Trainers Hafeez and Afshan have already trained 16 therapists in Hyderabad - who are now directly supporting 70 children through their special needs training. Monitoring and evaluation is being returned to us after each monthly visit which will enable us to see the impact of their training.

At ACELP Institute of Child Health, all community healthworkers (CHWs) trained have started to make their visits to families. ACELP's staff are in contact with all CHWs - and will be offering ongoing support to them over the next 12 months.

This will be key in understanding how the practical and emotional skills parents and carers impact on a child's life so that they achieve greater independence and self confidence. We are grateful that all our therapists and trainers are so committed to this outcome.

With your support we are making huge progress in spite of the recent setbacks. Our work is continuing and we cannot thank you enough.

If you'd like to discuss any aspect of the projecct further- please get in touch with emma@maits.org.uk and we can set up a call.

Warm thanks. Stay safe.

Sadia, Emma, Edwina and Kamila

The MAITS Team

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