In the Nairobi slums, 5% of children under the age of 15 are disabled and live in conditions of severe marginalization regarding both social and medical perspectives.
The high rate of child disability is mainly due to problems encountered during pregnancy, the conditions in which mothers deliver their babies (no medical assistance) and finally to domestic casualties.
Disabled children in the slums are the last of the last. Disability not only compromises their development, but marginalizes the families where they live and often divides them. With the “Disability” project we are introducing the prevention and treatment of infantile disability to the Nairobi slums. The programme up to now has succeeded in reaching an average of 500 children each year, together with their families, providing surgery, physiotherapy, and community education for their integration.