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
Hyderabad Training
Hyderabad Training

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


Marie Adelaide Laprosy Centre
Marie Adelaide Laprosy Centre
AURA Training
AURA Training
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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.


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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 and we can set up a call.

Warm thanks. Stay safe.

Sadia, Emma, Edwina and Kamila

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.


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ACELP, Pakistan
ACELP, Pakistan

Dear Friends,  

I want to begin by acknowledging the challenges we have faced as a global community over the last few months. Children with developmental disabilities and their families have been severely impacted by the pandemic and there has been limited access to therapeutic support and medicines in some regions, specifically India and Pakistan.

The adaptation of our Community Healthworker Empowerment Programme (CHW) online is therefore critical, as we continue to support people with special needs. This need is more urgent given that children with cerebral palsy are more vulnerable to the virus.

Phase One of MAITS’s programme sees local therapists train as Master Trainers, who will then deliver this to Community Healthworkers in the field over the coming months, ensuring this a sustainable community led initiative.

MAITS are delighted to report that from October 2020, MAITS expert Master Trainers, Aasiya Faris Sachwani (Speech-Language Pathologist) Aen-ul-Huda, Nazia Nadeeb and Saadia Asif (Speech Therapists) delivered 6 weeks’ training to a total of 29 therapists in partnership with four leading Karachi NGOs - Indus Hospital, ACELP, URAAN Paediatric Therapy Services and Al Rozan, Karachi. These organisations are recognised in Pakistan for their pioneering work in supporting children with developmental disabilities. Our newly qualified Master Trainers now include teachers, nurses, physiotherapists and speech and language therapists and will ensure that knowledge and expertise is kept within local communities where access to therapeutic support is limited –creating a pool of experts best able to meet the needs of children. We hope that we will be able to resume our Phase Two of this programme in a face-to-face capacity, subject to COVID restrictions.

Whilst 2020 has been hugely challenging for all organisations, including small scale NGOs like MAITS, your support has been crucial in enabling us to continuing evolving and adapting our work – and we are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you for the part you have played.

Thank you.

We do hope you have a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year!

With all best wishes,  


Meheen Dalamal

Chair, MAITS

ACELP, Pakistan
ACELP, Pakistan


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