Cerebral Palsy Africa

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Member type

Contact's name
Archie Hinchcliffe

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Areas of partnership

Scottish Borders

Scottish local authority
Scottish Borders Council

Cerebral Palsy Africa was set up in 2005 to enable children with disabilities achieve their potential and be a valued part of their community in Africa. To achieve this we provide targeted specialist training to therapists, teachers, CBR workers and care-givers of children with cerebral palsy. We also train mothers and technicians to make supportive furniture from waste paper and cardboard (Appropriate Paper-based Technoloty or APT) so that they can practise sitting and standing at home in tailor made appropriate chairs and standing frames. We 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.,In Malawi we have trained therapists and rehabilitation technicians from Malawi Against Physical Disabilities (MAP) to assess and treat children with cerebral palsy and mothers to make APT chairs and standing frames. ,In 2014 we, in partnership with Montfort College in Limbe, were awarded a grant from the Scottish Executive for a 3 year programme to train special needs teachers in resource centres around Malawi to manage and handle children with cerebral palsy in such a way as to help them to learn and participate in classroom activities. We also taught them to make APT chairs and standing frames and facilitated them to raise awareness in their communities of the benefit of bringing therapy and education to children with cerebral palsy. For the next two years we will be consolidating that basic training and carrying out training of trainers,

Location in Scotland