Cerebral Palsy Africa
Our vision: To enable children with disabilities in Africa to achieve their potential and be a valued part of their community
Mission: To provide targeted specialist training to therapists, teachers, CBR workers and care-givers of children with cerebral palsy and similar conditions and facilitate key trainees to become competent trainers themselves - this may also involve awareness-raising with stake-holders and policy makers and support in setting up APT assistive equipment workshops.
We send highly qualified, experienced therapy trainers to programmes in African countries where efforts are already being made to bring therapy and education to children with cerebral palsy. Our trainers give their time and expertise in a voluntary capacity to run short training courses at intervals so that the capacity of local practitioners can be developed to the highest possible level.
We also send technical experts who make the special chairs and standing frames that children need in order to practise sitting and standing in their own homes. They make these pieces of assistive equipment from waste paper and cardboard so that they are robust and made to measure for each child and most importantly they are affordable and sustainable. This process is called Appropriate Paper-based Technology or APT.
Conducting research into the effectiveness of our training and of the assistive devices is also part of the work we do.
Organisational member, B
Areas of Interest
- Capacity Building
- Education – Development & Capacity Building
- Good Practice & Effectiveness
- Health – Child Health
- Health – Community Health
- Health – Psychological Health
- HIV AIDS
- Human Rights