Welcome to Cerebral Palsy Africa
Cerebral Palsy Africa works with all who strive to enable children with cerebral palsy to reach their potential.
Many children in Africa have cerebral palsy and, in African countries, there are physiotherapists or community workers to treat them but they lack specialist expertise.
There are very few therapists as a proportion of the population. Those few with specialist training, must be able to pass on their knowledge and skills to others, such as community workers, who can support families in the day to day rehabilitation of the children.
So CPA runs short training courses to start specialist training. We then offer longer, internationally recognised courses in Bobath/NDT so that there is an opportunity for each country to become self-sufficient in training.
In addition, the Paper Furniture Social Enterprise operates as a separate entity within Cerebral Palsy Africa. Using recycled paper and cardboard enables specialist furniture for children with cerebral palsy to be constructed at affordable cost.
CPA's Malawi Project
With financing from the Scottish Government International Small Grants Programme, CPA continues with its major project in Malawi.
This project aims to train special needs teachers for children with CP, train teachers and community members to make supportive devices from recycled materials, raise awareness of what can be done for children with CP to encourage more parents to send their children to school, train trainers so that future development can be undertaken and improve the links between local bodies and central resources.
CPA has recently provided its annual report to the SGISGP detailing the progress being made especially in the number of teachers who have received training to help them with pupils with CP.
The report includes a number of individual case histories as well as summaries of the overall activity. These personal stories show the clear benefits to children and their families from proper support for learning. You can download the pdf version of the full report by clicking here.
CPA's 10th Anniversary
In November 2015, Cerebral Palsy Africa marked its tenth anniversary. In the ten years since its foundation, the charity has demonstrated that its model of initially providing training for those working with children with CP coupled with training trainers to continue that work is an effective way to create sustainable support for the CP community.
To mark the 10th anniversary, Cerebral Palsy Africa has produced this booklet (in pdf form) recording the experiences of a number of our volunteers.
Our most recent newsletter covering our activities can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking here