Overall objective of the Outreach Program is “to positively contribute to the quality of life and social inclusion via supporting social, physical and cognitive development of children with disabilities, living in Lushoto District”.
|Occupational Therapist Winniel Thomas|
|Community Rehabilitation worker Laurent Kingazi|
|Community Rehabilitation worker Maria Kumburu|
- Outreach services- We provide services at the moment in 21 villages actively (and support 7 more). In all the villages we work through local structures and community leaders. We visit all villages minimum of 3 times a year for few days at a time to supervise and oversee the progress. While the outreach staff visits village they asses the children and provide assistance to family, this includes information of the disability, intervention plan and therapy methods to follow daily.
- Referrals to CCBRT-Moshi and CCBRT- Dar Es Salaam (Special hospital, surgery, more difficult cases and new medication) YDCP- Tanga (Occupational therapy tools, wheel chairs, special shoe, walking frames etc.) Luthindi Mental Hospital (Intellectual and social disabilities such as autism and mental disabilities) and Korogwe Special Clinic (Special medication, epilepsy) are organized four times a year. A list of going children is gathered when visiting villages and seeing who needs what kind of services.
- Therapy week in Irente Rainbow School is organized 4 times a year. The four times are organized also on rotating bases of trying to take similar disabilities for therapy at the same time. This allows the staff to concentrate to therapy methods most influence to this group and parents. This also enables parents to share experiences and get natural peer support and experiences
- As ongoing support, we do referrals of ”emergency” or fast cases either if the need is small or very urgent. Normally these mean hospital referrals in order to get medicine for worsening situation e.g epilepsy medication or malaria medication for intellectually impaired family member.
|Driver David Kiondo|
|Project Assistant Helena Kipingu|
4. Building a service network and participating actively to national disability discourse-The Outreach Program is also cooperating with the Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)– CCBRT Moshi, the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) and with medical doctors from KCMC, where the children from Lushoto District are referred to attend an “Intensive Rehabilitation Week”, during which the disabled children and youth and their parents or caretakers stay at the centres for 5 days and receive intensive training and counselling. We take active part in disability research cooperation on national and international level.
|Project coordination and Special Education Kirsi Salo|
Picture: Julie Vandenborre