Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Ghana Occupational Therapy Association to sensitize public on their work

The Ghana Occupational Therapy Association is embarking on a public sensitization programme to educate the public on the work and role of occupational therapists in our health care system

The sensitization drive which will begin with a launch of the Occupational Therapy week celebration is part of efforts to mark World Occupational Therapy Day which is celebrated every 27th of October

Mr Paul Darlinton Forson, Public Relations Officer, Occupational Therapy Association of Ghana, told the Special Mothers Project that his organization is doing the sensitization for a whole week  starting 21st October, 2019, with a variety of activities and programmes to create awareness about the existence and importance of occupational therapy in health care

Activities lined up for the week long celebrations includes a scientific conference on occupational therapy practice , awareness creation campaigns in some churches and public places  and an outreach programme to screen both the young and old at Okatabanman society in Accra.

The celebration is on the theme: Improving Health and Wellbeing: Occupational Therapy Perspective

The World Federation of Occupational Therapist which Ghana is a member is the international voice of the occupational therapy profession.

Occupational therapists treat injured, ill or persons with disabilities using therapeutic everyday activities. They help their patients or clients develop, recover, improve and maintain the skills needed for daily living and working

The Special Mothers Project is an advocacy and awareness creation programme on Children with Special Needs Issues, the project provides an online platform for families raising children with special needs to connect, The Special Mothers Project  does advocacy using the media

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Families raising children with disabilities urged to approach the District Assemblies for support

 The family of Samuel Nuamah Ampofo, an 11 year old boy with cerebral palsy has been educated on the available government policies for persons with disabilities and how the family can access such support

The family through a public health nurse Ms Theodora Abakah Acquaah reached out to the Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues, to solicit support

 Ms Acquaah told the Special Mothers Project  that she met the family of Master Ampofo about seven years ago when she was posted to the Mamobi General hospital, the mother of the boy, has mental health issues and is unemployed, leaving the grandmother to care for them as well as other family members

Ms Acquaah said: “the young boy Samuel attends the Dzorwulu Special School but sometimes money for transportation from home to the school and back is even a challenge”

Samuel Nuamah Ampofo who lives with cerebral palsy is able to walk and talk.

Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project spoke to the family about the District Assembly Common Fund for Persons with Disabilities as well as the Inclusive Education Policy and advised the family to approach their District Assembly for support

Madam Janet Opoku, Grandmother of Samuel, who is a petty trader, said her daughter who gave birth to Samuel has mental challenges so she has been taking care of the boy since infancy

“We have not been given any official diagnosis of my grandson’s illness, we have been using herbal medication for his treatment and by God’s grace he is doing well”

Ms Opoku called on the government to support families raising children with disabilities, saying “The resources that goes into nurturing these children is a lot.”

The Special Mothers Project does advocacy for children with Special Needs (Cerebral Palsy) using the media. The project also provides an online platform for families raising children with Special needs to network, share ideas and engage in peer counseling

Friday, October 4, 2019

World CP Day – Prioritize the Social Protection System in Ghana

The Special Mothers Project, an advocacy and awareness creation programme on cerebral palsy issues has called on the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to prioritize our social protection system to support children with cerebral palsy

Families raising children with cerebral palsy are usually left to struggle alone, there are no social support systems for such families, the Special Mothers Project is calling for the establishment of rehabilitation centres in various communities to support such families.

A statement issued and signed by Mrs Hannah Awadzi, Founder and Executive Director of the Special Mothers Project, ahead of the World Cerebral Palsy Day celebrations on Sunday, 6th October lauded the increasing awareness on cerebral palsy in Ghana

“People are becoming aware of that cerebral palsy exist in Ghana and it is not a curse or a bad omen to have a child with cerebral palsy, cerebral palsy is a neurological condition, it is an injury to the part of the brain that controls movement.”

Referring to a communique issued at the Special Needs Parenting Summit held recently, the statement, urged government to ensure the effective implementation of the Inclusive Education policy to enable children with cerebral palsy also have access to education.

“Every government school should dedicate one classroom for children with Special Needs where people could be trained to take care of them while the parents work to earn some income

Parents raising children with disabilities should be able to access the District Assembly Common Fund for persons with disabilities to help with the high cost associated with nurturing a child with disability,” the statement said

World Cerebral Palsy Day is a movement of people with Cerebral Palsy and their families, and the organisations that support them, in more than 75 countries.

The vision is to ensure that children and adults with Cerebral Palsy (CP) have the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else in our society.

The World CP Day celebration is an opportunity to Celebrate and express pride in the lives and achievements of those with CP and the people and the organisations that support them