Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) is a rehabilitation program geared towards supporting and addressing the needs of children with disabilities in the vast informal settlements of Nairobi. World Friends and Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital staff provide occupational and physiotherapy to the children suffering from various disability to enhance their movement and assist in the achievement of developmental milestones. Good nutrition is also vital for children living with a disability and that sometimes may be hindered by eating and drinking difficulties and most of all poverty.
Nutrition against disability
Access to sufficient nutritious food is a concern for the families of children with disability living in the informal settlements, due to factors such as the low income levels, stigma, food and water scarcity and more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nutrition is paramount in the development of the immune system and in an effort towards recovery of COVID-19. On the 6th and 7th of May 2020, World Friends and TeamPankaj organized a food distribution session for the CBRP beneficiaries and their families. The session was held at the World Friends offices and at the Holy Trinity Parish in Kariobangi benefiting a total of 49 families.
COVID-19 emergency support
During the session evaluation interviews were also conducted on occupational therapy, learnt home therapy, assistive devices and equipment and the regular psycho-social support groups and the impact of COVID-19 on their day to day lives in order to gauge and improve the current services offered by World Friends.
Disability and nutrition are of paramount importance for global development. Improved nutrition to prevent prenatal disability are greatly addressed whereas the nutritional needs of children with disabilities are not. Thus prompting World Friends continued endeavors in response to the cases of malnutrition and all the more during this period.