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Children with Disability in Nepal: New Hope Through CBR?

MOL, Tanja Ingeborg
BRAKEL, Wim Van
SCHREURS, Merel
2014

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Purpose: This study assesses the impact of a community-based rehabilitation (CBR) programme on the quality of life (QoL) of children with disability and their families.

 

Methods: A qualitative approach was applied, using two techniques - a ranking line and semi-structured interviews. Nineteen children (ranging from 4 –18 years of age) were interviewed in their homes located in three villages - Chapakhori, Bokraha and Madesha - in Nepal.

 

Results: Children with disability and their families ranked physical health, psychological health, empowerment and level of independence as the most important factors for their QoL. Of the 19 children, 13 had experienced positive changes in their life and 1 child reported a negative change. The positive changes related mainly to their physical health and functioning. The impact of these changes was felt in the ‘social’, ‘level of independence’ and ‘empowerment’ outcome categories. The children mentioned that they had more friends, experienced less stigma, could go to school and were more hopeful about the future.

 

Conclusions: This CBR programme has brought about changes in the QoL of all children with disability and their families. The majority of them reported a positive impact.

 

 

Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development, Vol 25, No 1

Evaluation of the CBR program in Palestine : from the perspective of persons with disabilities themselves

NILSSON, Annika
QUTTEINA, Malek
December 2005

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"This report documents an evaluation of the Community Based Rehabilitation program (CBRP) in Palestine that investigated the impact of the program from the perspective of disabled people and their families. The main objectives of the evaluation were to ascertain to what extent the CBRP has contributed to improving the quality of life of disabled people and suggest ways in which the program can more effectively meet the needs of people with disability"

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