Supporting Children with Cerebral Palsy

Supporting children with cerebral palsy

Supporting children with cerebral palsy

There is a lack of necessary resources for occupational, language or speech therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy in Africa. IDRF is training caregivers in conducting physical therapy that works on improving motor skills and mobility of children with CP.

The Situation

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a loss or impairment of motor function caused by brain damage. It happens at stages when a child’s brain is still developing, and can occur before, during or immediately after birth.

Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance.

  • In Africa, there is insufficient knowledge of risk factors that contribute to the development of CP.

  • There is a lack of necessary resources for occupational, language or speech therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy.

  • Available services in some regions are largely hindered by limited staff and hospital resources.

  • Families in remote locations are unable to access vital services

 

How you can help

Your generous donations help us train caregivers in conducting physical therapy to improve motor skills and mobility of children with Cerebral Palsy.

We are working hard to:

      • Create supportive home environments
      • Work with local community health care providers
      • Offer various rehabilitative services

$1,000

Train a participant

Supports one participant as part of the program

The Impact

Households supported in 4 years

children with CP received rehabilitative therapy (in 2019)

The caregivers of these children were provided with direct training.