In recent years, disability, has become one of our important areas of work.  This interest was kicked off by some workshops, that were run by Disability Specialist,  Hlengiwe Londeka, a community based rehabilitation facilitator, from the KwaZulu-Natal NGO, CREATE.  The first workshop that she ran was a one day sensitisation workshop for our community caregivers, followed up by 3 weeks training on community working with people with disabilities, covering a vast array of topics, to improve the understanding of child development and models of impairment and disability, and how disability might be detected. 

The staff at Woza Moya were hugely affected by this training, as they confronted their own ideas, concerns and prejudices.  Confronting how people with disability had been disadvantaged, not only by their health issues, but by our societal misconceptions, was most instructive, educational and deeply moving.

 

Most latterly, in October 2015,  Lungi delivered some training about Cerebral Palsy.  Understanding the nature and causes of Cerebral Palsy, as well as handling, positioning and feeding, has been of tremendous value, in addition to gaining clarity on the different roles of the therapist.
Here a community caregiver shows mum how to straighten out this little boys fingers, to stop him developing.

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Because of the fact that CP is not only associated with HIV, but also associated with teenage pregnancy (because of the increased risk of not seeking antenatal care, alongside the increased associated risk of absent intrapartum care),  the rate of CP Is actually very high in our community.  This training has allowed children with previously unrecognised CP, to be identified by the community caregivers and from there to receive appropriate care and attention.

 

Some of these kids had often been left in a little corner and completely ignored.  But some teaching and open talking about disability has encouraged the families not to be shamed by having disabled kids and helped them to look after them.  It's amazing what small interventions can do, to improve their quality of life.