Gaza CBR Supporting Children with Disabilities

GCBR Programme

The Gaza Community-Based Rehabilitation (GCBR) supports children with disabilities who are living in poverty and who are unable to access health care services. Without support their health would deteriorate, they would be unable to attend school and would become isolated from their friends, family and the local community.

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The GCBR programme includes:

  • medical/nursing services
  • physiotherapy, occupational therapy
  • psychosocial support and family counselling sessions to provide support and raise family awareness on issues related to disability
  • provision of disability aids (e.g. walking frames, wheelchairs, shower chairs,)
  • provision of medications and high-nutrient milk to improve health 
  • adaptation of homes (e.g. ramps, handrails, bathroom )
  • school liaison and school adaptations (ramps, handrails, toilets)

Individual care plans are developed for each child to increase their independence, freedom and quality of life to the extent possible.

Throughout last three years, we have been able to support over 2,400 children with physical and mental disabilities, providing them with rehabilitation services and facilitating their inclusion into schools and the local community. 

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In our well established Gaza CBR programme, working with local partners National Society for Rehabilitation and Palestine Medical Relief Society, we have supported 2,410 children with a range of specialised and community based rehabilitation services including over 13,440 physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions. Through these sessions, children learnt basic exercise routines to better manage daily life activities. A range of specialized assistive devices such as wheelchairs, elbow crutches, and walking frames were distributed to children to improve their mobility and overall independence. Throughout our programme, we continue to deliver medical follow up sessions, providing children with medical kits, and essential medications for the treatment of wounds, ulcers and infections. 

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To increase their knowledge on issues surrounding rehabilitation, mothers and community members attended awareness sessions where they received training on first aid management and given advice on the importance of a healthy diet for children with disabilities. Parents were also trained on how to maintain the daily exercise routines in order to improve their child’s independence. There was a significant improvement noted in the mother’s knowledge on rehabilitation issues; after the activities parents expressed how happy they were to have learnt new techniques in providing better care for children. 

Number of beneficiaries supported with the following services:

Rehabilitation Services and Awareness Sessions 

Number of beneficiaries

Physiotherapy sessions

716

Occupational therapy sessions

364

Activities of daily living sessions

153

Provision of assistive devices

511

Psycho-social sessions

358

Mothers awareness sessions

689

Community awareness sessions

1509

Medical follow up services, and provision of medical kits

106

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