Care, rehabilitation and education for children with cerebral palsy

R.D. Congo Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Area of action Good Health and Well-being

Care: 53 children and their families

Project amount; $36,850

Implementation period; 2022

Local support: CESEREF

What will we do?

We will work on early detection and assistance to children with cerebral palsy, offering education, rehabilitation, physiotherapy, stimulation, speech therapy, cognitive recovery and nutritional rehabilitation services, together with CESEREF, a center specialized in cerebral palsy.

In addition, the project will also work on other issues:

  • Home visits to stop the abandonment of therapies as a result of difficulties in moving children and adolescents by public transport.
  • Training for families of people with cerebral palsy on this condition and how to deal with it.
  • Visits to nursery and primary schools for diagnosis and care of cases.
  • Training of physiotherapists to improve the attention and care of children with cerebral palsy.
  • Training and sensitization on the causes of cerebral palsy with health centers in Kinshasa and Matete.

About cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy describes a group of disorders caused by an injury to the brain that physically affects a person’s development of movement and posture, limiting activity, and may be accompanied by sensory or intellectual disability.

Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of disability in children, it cannot be cured, but its proper approach can greatly help those who have it.

What is the cause of cerebral palsy?

Poor birthing conditions, lack of prenatal and postnatal medical care in Kinshasa, as well as the incidence of infectious diseases such as polio are some of the causes of the high number of children affected by cerebral palsy in the area.

How will the funds raised be invested?

Activities Investment %
Rent and security $ 12,000 33
Office supplies $ 2,200 6
Staff Salaries $ 6,550 18
Operation $ 6,800 18
Training and family support activities $ 9,300 25