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Examining factors impacting community based rehabilitation in a refugee camp : an exploratory case study

WEE, Joy
2010

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"This paper examines factors that impact the ability of refugees within a refugee camp in Kenya to participate in their communities through community-based rehabilitation (CBR). Exploratory case study design was employed. Data triangulation combined observations from teaching encounters, clinics, available reports, individual interviews, and focus groups involving participants from various sectors within the refugee camp. Themes arising from this study reveal that persons with disability and their families are disadvantaged because of issues relating to distribution systems and physical access, discrimination, security, access to information, and lack of community awareness of the capabilities of persons with disability. The existing emergency mode of operation appears to perpetuate disability. Barriers for persons with disability were reported by all participants from differing sectors in the refugee camp. Though many barriers exist, CBR seems feasible and ongoing efforts should be encouraged and supported in the refugee camp setting"
Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 21, No 2

Community based rehabilitation and disability self help groups

LINDOEWOOD, Paul
2009

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This paper calls for strategic planning that involves disability self-help groups (groups that include disabled people and the parents of disabled children) and the role they can play in advocating for the rights of disabled persons in helping to develop a mainstream community that can respond constructively to the needs of its disabled members, as well as services providing community-based rehabilitation. It gives as an example of such an approach the work of the Methodist Church in Kenya Meru North Disability Community Centre, where four community disability initiatives have come together and provide a model of disability development

Factors shaping attitudes towards physical disability and availability of rehabilitative support systems for disabled people in rural Kenya

MONK, Julie
WEE, Joy
2008

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"This study examines the range of attitudes towards persons with physical disability in a rural community in western Kenya. It also evaluates the availability of services for persons with disabilities in the community...The responses suggest that this community may be ready to support increased participation by its members, possibly through a community based rehabilitation programme"
Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal, Vol 19, No 1

Inside voices : CBR workers stories

OKUNE, Joan
Ed
2006

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This book is an output from three CBR writing workshops held in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi with the aim to facilitate the capacity of CBR workers to communicate their experiences thus increasing documentation of CBR practices in Africa. The book contains articles based on participants’ experience of CBR and is useful to anyone interested in CBR experiences in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi

Evaluating the impact of a community-based rehabilitation intervention

HARTLEY, Sally
2003

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This project evaluation summarizes the impact of community-based action by local women’s groups to improve the communication ability and quality of life of disabled children with communication problems. The project was designed to increase the present knowledge concerning appropriate interventions for children with communication problems who live in low-income countries. This report is useful to anyone interested in community-based nterventions for children with communication problems

Children with hydrocephalus and spina bifida in East Africa : can family and community resources improve the odds?

MILES, M
2002

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Hydrocephalus and spina bifida are life threatening conditions that often result in severe dsabilities. Risks are much reduced by immediate surgery and careful managment, but neither has been available for most of the sub-Saharan African population. This paper traces the growth of solutions and some socio-cultural resources that historically have supported family and community care for children with severe disabilities, mainly in Tanzania, and nearby countries. Some community-based rehabilitation (CBR) work with children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus is described, and challenges to the CBR approach are noted from the increased survival of people with disabilities requiring complex care. More appropriate information, recognition of indigenous knowledge, enlistment of community resources and financial assistance are needed to enhance the lives of East Africans with hydrocephalus, spina bifida and other severely disabling conditions

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