CGC Provides assistve services to Children with Disabilities

Mayimuna from Kappa- Bussi Village in Wakiso District, formerly with Club food disability, will be able to walk normally.
CGC with funding from Save the Children International (SCI), implemented the ICC (Intergrated Community Care Coalition) and MAGGIC (Making Good Governance Investment in Children) Project. The project was implemented in 4 districts of Wakiso, Nakaseke, Nakasongola and Luwero. At the commencement of the project consultative meetings were held in all four districts and through these meetings communities were able to access quality information relating to the positive indigenous knowledge and practice on child care and development. The communities were gathered together by their local leaders who mobilized them with support from the Project and during these meetings 3,607 (2,527 children, and 1080 adults) participants were able to freely share and document issues regarding child care and development. Children voiced their concerns mostly focused on inadequate child care and protection systems and services which resulted in the manifestation of child poverty in the form hungry children, children not attending school for reasons including inability to move long distances as a result of disabilities. There after a mapping of children with disabilities was conducted and a report generated. Consequently the assessment and testing of children mapped out provided information for the specialists that determined the methods and types of assistive services and linkages for the children. The main objectives for this intervention included:
1. Improved service for children with disabilities and caregivers and parents to access quality information regarding the care and nurture of children with disabilities.
2. Improved access and Retention to good quality information and knowledge of child care and development for these marginalized communities.
3. Parents, Teachers and Children aware of children with disbilities’s right to quality basic education, learning literacy, numeracy, life skills and their rights.
4. Local leaders and other stakeholders give adequate attention to the importance of improving the quality of child care and development of children with disabilities.
5. Improved access to knowledge about Child protection services for children with disabilities without appropriate Care
6. Improved awareness of the need to provide community protection for children with disabilities against physical and humiliating punishment and their effects to development of children.
A Memorandum of Understanding through partnership was signed between CGC and two specialist rehabilitation homes i.e. Katalemwa Chesire Home and Afaayo Children’s Education and Rehabilitation Unit. This partnership provided an opportunity for all identified children under this intervention to get assessed and referred for specific services and linkages with the following as a mandate for both partners that:-
1. Disabled children, their families and local communities are empowered and enabled to participate in the rehabilitation and fulfilment of disabled children’s rights.
2. Partnership and networking exists between other organizations like CORSU to strengthen and improve service delivery through shared learning.
Therefore, a total of 51 children were assessed and referred by both Rehabilitation centres for further treatment and rehabilitation. Nakasongola District registered 102 vulnerable and out of these 28 children from 7 sub-counties that were extremely vulnerable. Nakaseke, Luwero and Wakiso Districts collectively registered 25 children assessed and 23 of these qualified for further investigations, treatment and rehabilitation. The Majority of diagnostic causes of disability reported were Blounts disease, Muscular dystrophy, Kyphosis and Spina bifida. Other common diagnoses included Neurofibromatosis, Contra wrists and elbows and feet. For most of the children the disabilities were inborn and others a result of secondary diseases like premature births/low birth weight issues, malaria infections at infancy and club feet deformation at birth.