Request from the ACAT team.

The African Community on Assistive Technology (ACAT) wants to foster sharing of ideas, discussion, and the building of partnerships around Assistive Technology (AT). ACAT wants to connect, support, and inform AT users, practitioners, researchers, funders/donors, suppliers, manufacturers and supporters in the African region and further afield.

We are preparing the next quarterly newsletter to update and inform our members and networks about developments in the Assistive Technology sector in Africa.

It is a newsletter and not a peer reviewed journal so we encourage examples of practice to be shared to stimulate ideas for others who may be struggling with similar issues. We can include information on training, conferences, research and projects past or planned. Case studies of impact of AT on participation of AT users as well as explanations of service models increasing access to AT. 
We estimate that within and outside our network the newsletters are reaching over 300 people. Please include one or two photos or illustrations and an abstract of maximum 200 words.  

You can find previous newsletters here:  

https://mednet-communities.net/gate/acat/library/qhcx90yy?o=lc  

We look forward to hearing from you directly (nikseymour@gmail.com) to enhance our sharing and learning to strengthen our chances of
increasing access to AT in Africa.

 

No Option but to Kill...

Mrs. Hannah Awadzi is Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project in Ghana. Mrs Awadzi will share her stories on our website. To read her first contribution click here: No Option but to kill

Comment CPA on this touching story:

The story is horrible and tragic, but sadly enough not exceptional: mercy killing is an issue that can’t be ignored.

The effects for children with (severe) NDD in CBR programs are often still too low with high costs.

There is a need to improve services for children with (severe) NDD, through better skills for CBR workers and a better, more functional approach.

CPA aims to facilitate such a better approach which at least stops useless and too often torturing (unnecessary passive stretching) therapy, with costly non-functional devices, useless medicines and fake prayers, Caused by both lack of knowledge but also sometimes a deliberate moneymaking attitude: taking advantage of desperate parents who only want the best for their child.

All such components frustrates and disappoints parents, caused by unrealistic (sometimes even deliberately false) expectations, and leads to more poverty, with despair leading to tragedies as described in this story from Ghana.

Fortunately more and more CBR programs start realizing results for children with (severe) NDD needs to be improved, for which they need to change their routine-approach. CPA aims, through training and practical tools, to contribute to a more functional approach, with realistic goal setting, operating within a CBR strategy and with a key role for parents (mothers) in improving quality of life and in creating support (day care) structures.


News from CPA-partner in Kenya, june 2021.

Dr. Rachel Lindoewood:

Great to access your website and see the transition from the scottish charity. We have just published our third paper updating the work in Kenya, the 2nd relating to the workshop in Nyahururu which Jean ran and I supported, and the third regarding the APT research study. I will email the links. We also are setting up a small Welsh Based Charity APT for Social Development to support ongoing work in Kenya so it would be good to keep our links going.

CPA-partner in Uganda nominated for the 2021 EU Human Rights Defender Award

A New Study Reveals that Children with Cerebral Palsy have 25 Times Higher Risk Of Premature Death

The results of this study are the first of its kind to reveal the treu extent of the hidden humanitarian crisis of excessive mortality in the CP child population 

https://news.mak.ac.ug/2020/12/a-new-study-reveals-that-children-with-cerebral-palsy-have-25-times-higher-risk-of-premature-death/

The Time is Now

Made by Purple Field Productions in association with CPA, “The Time is Now” is a moving film that explores the benefits which can be derived from physiotherapy for children with cerebral palsy, and which opens our eyes to the desperate need for an increase in these services within Ghana.

LISILOJULIKANA – The unknown

From Kenya comes the latest drama produced by Purple Field Productions using local people and knowledge surrounding the difficult issue of the stigma attached to disability – in this case cerebral palsy.