About 1 in 300 babies have or develop cerebral palsy (CP). In developing countries, premature birth, lack of obstetric care, and rampant malaria combine to produce a much higher incidence of this impairment.
Children with cerebral palsy develop muscle stiffness, lose their coordination and often suffer some degree of mental ability. Mothers must spend many hours caring for these children helping to feed, clean and move them. This takes these mothers, who are already struggling to survive poverty and hunger, away from potential opportunities to help support the family.
For children with CP, individualized rehabilitation plans are developed by joint efforts with the child, family, healthcare provider and CBM’s community based rehabilitation service. These plans can help the child have a more active life and lead to a productive future. Regular therapies and treatments can help minimize the difficulty of walking and being active. Home support, education and physiotherapy also are made available. Parents are taught exercises so they can help their child to improve his or her efficiency to walk, talk, and learn.
In addition, helpful appliances such as CP chairs, walking aids, foot splints, orthopedic shoes and wheelchairs may help with mobility. Surgery is occasionally necessary to correct joint issues.
CBM also helps many CP children enroll in public schools so they have the opportunity to receive educations and hopeful futures.
CBM serves children, women and men with visual, hearing, physical and/or mental disabilities. Some of the disabilities served include:
Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
Neglected Tropical Diseases