The Makwanpur Cerebral Palsy Outreach Programme is a new venture that is part of Cerebral Palsy Nepal, which is Nepal’s only non-governmental and non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people with cerebral palsy and their families. It is an associate organization member of the International Cerebral Palsy Society, London. Despite the excellent progress they have made, they are only scratching the surface of what remains a chronic, under-resourced problem in Nepal.
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that involves damage to the brain such that many sufferers can’t walk, speak, and have problems such as learning disabilities, seizures, epilepsy, incontinence and speech issues. It’s been called “Nepal’s hidden catastrophe”: their plight is worsened by extreme poverty, lack of education, poor health and beliefs such as it being a divine punishment. The brain injury occurs before birth, during birth, or within the first few years of a child’s life. Cerebral palsy is non-progressive (it does not get worse), not genetic, and is incurable. It is a disease rather than a condition. Whilst cerebral palsy has no cure, medical and therapeutic interventions can significantly enhance the quality of life for those affected. Those interventions occurring in early life, when the child is still developing, are most effective, and that’s why it’s important that cerebral palsy is diagnosed early.
How We’re Helping
New Futures Nepal is providing the funding necessary to assist the start-up and operational running of a new home visitor outreach programme that aims to support 50-60 families. Home visitors are a physiotherapist, speech therapist, counsellor and occupational therapist all rolled into one. Without them, most children would have no support whatsoever, and no opportunity to achieve their potential.
Where : Nepal
Who is Benefiting : 50-60 children and their families
Start Date : 2013
End Date : Ongoing
This Year’s Forecast : £1,750