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Adaptive Equipment -Rehabilitation Nairobi

By October 15, 2012Worldwide

Rehabilitation in Nairobi, Kenya

The Problems:

  • Lack of rehabilitation supplies in the slums of Nairobi contributing to reduced treatment options
  • Stigma and discrimination due to lack of awareness and traditional cultural beliefs of neurological illnesses as contagious or curses.

Why Kenya?

Nairobi Kenya is the headquarters of our partners at the African Neurological Disease Research Foundation (ANDREF). We hoped to pilot there first and expand the programme with grassroots organisations throughout Africa.

The Objectives of the Pilot:

Short-term goals

  • Delivery of Sustainable Rehabilitation Equipment and Supplies
  • Pilot a Cross-disciplinary awareness-education model
  • Distributing Information resources

Long-term goals

  • Further re-usable rehabilitation equipment
  • Developing a replicable awareness-educational program for ANDREF to continue in clinics and schools
  • Build a revenue model that ANDREF can use to fund adaptive-equipment purchases for their clinics.

Outcomes:

  • Successful delivery of sustainable rehabilitation supplies to two clinics in Kibera slum and Waithaka
  • Visited over 100 patient-families and advocates in the clinics and watched a film on epilepsy to increase awareness-education of families affected by the illness.
  • ANDREF took Movement for Hope to visits to slum villages and homes to improve our awareness of the living conditions, extreme poverty, and additional work necessary for families affected by neurological illnesses, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and hydranencephaly
  • Movement for Hope worked directly with ANDREF to develop revenue models for more sustainable healthcare and equipment maintenance of the clinics.
  • Volunteers successfully distributed information on epilepsy to the community, providing immediate guidance on how to help someone having a seizure, and local support resources.

Further Impact

  • We are also delighted to announce that the piloted Movement for Hope cross-disciplinary education model and ANDREF Film has now been accepted into the Ministry of Education.
  • Our team will continue to work with ANDREF to develop and expand sustainable health-education programs and an improved model for sustainable healthcare

 

Message from Marieke, the director at ANDREF, to Movement for Hope and all those that donated

View our cross-disciplinary awareness-education initiative in Africa here

 

Thank you to the generous funders at the Youth Funding Network and public donations at the UK Breakdance Championship World Finals 2012, and to the volunteer dancers at Awareness Through Dance, volunteer therapists and community advocates from ANDREF and all the volunteers at Movement for Hope that contributed to this pilot.

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