Day 20
One physiotherapy session for a disabled child in Nepal

Physio against cerebral palsy

Physiotherapy for Nepalese children

Ram lives in a mountain village in Nepal. Ever since he was born, he could hardly move his legs and had difficulty speaking, swallowing and eating. He suffers from infantile cerebral palsy. When his parents heard of a therapy centre in Kathmandu, his father walked there over mountains for five days, carrying him on his back. There he is told that Ram’s treatment can be paid for by donations. They build a wheelchair from an old garden chair and show Ram exercises that help against the pain. His disability will never entirely go away, but thanks to the wheelchair, Ram will not have to spend all day lying down and every four weeks a physiotherapist will attend to him at home.

Necessity

 

Physiotherapy and medical aid for children suffering from cerebral palsy as well as education and training for their families.

Activity

 

The SGCP therapy centre treats children, both at the centre and at home.

Countable effort

After around 12 months

One physiotherapy session per received donation.

Result

After around 3 years

Improving the quality of life of those children already affected: pain relief, greater mobility and avoidance of secondary diseases.

Systemic effect

After around 7 years

Parents are educated on how cerebral palsy originates and are then better equipped to avoid the disease in future pregnancies.

Background

It is estimated that there are about 60,000 to 80,000 people suffering from infantile cerebral palsy in Nepal. Cerebral palsy is a form of brain damage in young infants. It can be caused by a lack of oxygen before, during and after birth. Other causes can be infectious diseases, proscription drugs or alcohol. Those affected suffer from neural and muscular damage, which can bring about mental and physical impairments.

The good deed

The organisation SGCP (Self-help Group for Cerebral Palsy) has been treating affected children with physiotherapy and speech therapy in their therapy centres and at home for 25 years. Trained physiotherapists visit affected families in their homes, treat the children and teach the parents on what they can do to support their children. Furthermore, the families are provided with implements, information brochures and by establishing local points of contact. SGCP’s educational work, for instance at schools, also helps to prevent a further spread of cerebral palsy.

About Nepal

Kathmandu

Capital

28 982 800

Number of inhabitants

733

Gross domestic product per capita per year

144

Human Development Index

In addition to Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, Nepal has seven other peaks above 8,000 metres.