As part of the UCDVO 2021 programme, 20 student and clinical tutor volunteers from the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science participated in virtual volunteering health projects with UCDVO’s partners Nurture Africa, Uganda; Holy Union Sisters Matumaini Centre, Tanzania and Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre, India. Working together, the following was achieved:
- 60 children were successfully assessed and fitted for physiotherapy equipment to promote good positioning and prevent deterioration which will significantly enhance function and participation in their communities.
Child being assessed for new equipment in Ferrando Speech and hearing Centre, Meghalaya, India
- 60 children and their families participated in physiotherapy rehabilitation camps to optimise ongoing care for children with disabilities. Families reported feeling supported and appreciated being given improved knowledge. In addition, they had the opportunity to connect with other families, share experiences and feel less isolated.
Participants in the Ferrando Physiotherapy Camp 2021 receiving graduation certificates.
- Capacity building and training in nutrition and physiotherapy using high-quality materials and re-usable resources was provided; topics included use of the Gross Motor Functional Classification Scale (GMFCS), disability, toy making, positioning and early child development.
- Disability inclusion workshops held in Uganda and Tanzania helped build confidence of family members and reduce stigma, while highlighting the positive aspects for the child and the huge role the family play in supporting the child to achieve their full potential and maximise their function.
UCDVO and Holy Union Sisters, Tanzania 2021
- Education on health, child development, disability and nutrition was provided to the wider community including community-based workers in Meghalaya, India.
UCDVO and Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre, India 2021
UCDVO and Nurture Africa, Uganda 2021