MAITS Community Healthworker Empowerment Programme (CHW) will train 60 Community Healthworkers based at two centres in rural Uganda, Kyaninga Chlldren's Centre in Karabole and Kasole. Our programme will support 240 children with developmental disabilities, from cerebral palsy to autism, and 240 caregivers in resource-poor districts where there is little access to therapeutic intervention. Our training will improve children's quality of life and independence, as well a parents/carers' wellbeing.
The problem facing children with disabilities such as cerebral palsy or autism in Uganda is complex. Children with developmental disabilities struggle with feeding difficulties and a range of issues that impede their everyday progress. They need support with feeding, toileting, building muscle strength, improving motor function and speech and language support, all of which will significantly improve the quality of their lives. Many families otherwise face stigma and social isolation.
MAITS Master Trainers will train 60 community health workers to provide early intervention for 240 children with disabilities and their caregivers in remote districts of rural Uganda. Over 12 months, we will empower health workers to support families through learning simple, life saving interventions, from learning feeding techniques for children with cerebral palsy, to core muscle strengthening exercises for those with spina bifida. Parents/carers also learn about mental health and nutrition.
The project will improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for 240 children and their caregivers by empowering them to better meet the needs of their children. We will: Upskill 240 parents/carers and 60 community support workers in early diagnosis of children's disability Improve early access for 240 children to community/ therapeutic intervention Improve independence of 240 children Improve all families' confidence , health and wellbeing, by breaking down community stigma around disability