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APT KENYA – Altering Lives with Postural Administration

A man building a supportive device for APT KenyaFor a kid with a number of disabilities, postural administration improves high quality of life. Considerate positioning all through the day in upright and seated postures advantages a toddler’s perform and participation, skeletal alignment and energy, power ranges, bowel and bladder functioning and respiration functionality. Postural administration interventions depend on the usage of exterior helps to functionally and appropriately place a toddler who can not in any other case independently stand, sit or stroll. As a pediatric physiotherapist doing a little voluntary work for a charity in Kenya, involving coaching native therapists about postural administration and crafting seats and standing frames from recycled paper and cardboard, I wish to share the wonder and success of this postural administration initiative.

Kids with Disabilities in Kenya

An estimated 114,500 kids are born with cerebral palsy in Kenya every year, and 70% of these kids reside in poverty. Practically half of those can be unable to take a seat or stand unsupported and can spend their time mendacity inside on the ground or on a mattress. For the poorest dad and mom, having gear that may assist place their baby and even getting remedy for his or her baby is only a dream. With no cash to journey to clinics or hospitals, they really feel alone and overwhelmed by their state of affairs. Few dad and mom have had the analysis defined and so have no idea how greatest to care for his or her baby, which suggests kids are left mendacity in the identical asymmetrical place all day, on the ground or a mattress, with no stimulation and unable to maneuver. With out good postural administration, kids usually develop painful and glued contractures similar to hip dislocations, limb contractures and spinal deformities. They’re trapped of their houses and can’t take part in household or group actions. Ignored by these round them, stepped over or forgotten, they’ve an remoted and infrequently painful existence.

The APT KENYA Venture

The APT KENYA undertaking began in February 2022 in Njoro, Nakuru County, in response to the wants of those kids. APT, or Acceptable Paper-based Expertise, is a sustainable answer utilizing available, low cost and recyclable waste cardboard, newspaper, and flour-based paste to make chairs and standing frames for postural assist. Within the workshop run by the Potters Home CBO, layers of cardboard are glued collectively utilizing a flour and water paste and coated with a number of layers of paper earlier than being painted and embellished. All supplies are domestically sourced, and the Potter’s Home CBO employs dad and mom from the households that the charity works with, giving them an revenue to assist feed their households and pay faculty charges.

This gear permits kids to take a seat or rise up and interact in household life for the primary time. Households and neighbors are beginning to see the kids’s potential, and different kids deliver toys and play with them on their trays. Some kids have began to speak, making sounds after years of silence. Others have been capable of maintain a cup for the primary time, feed themselves and even draw footage. Nonetheless others can now attend faculty because of acceptable classroom chairs. The undertaking is altering lives and serving to to interrupt down the limitations and stigma individuals dwelling with disabilities in Kenya face.

Since specialised pediatric coaching for therapists in Kenya is restricted, I additionally present coaching for native therapists as a part of the undertaking. This serves to strengthen the abilities of native therapists in analysis, remedy, and prescription of adaptive gear for youngsters. These therapists then work alongside APT workshop employees who fabricate the customized chairs and standing frames, to supply inexpensive assistive gadgets for the kids with disabilities of their communities.

The undertaking additionally advantages the local people economically and employs three native APT workshop employees full-time to make the gear, and therapists to measure and prescribe gadgets and diversifications. A tailor is employed to make the cushions, straps and harnesses, and the much less expert work of papering and portray is obtainable to folks from households dwelling in poverty, enabling them to earn adequate revenue to take care of their households while in search of different, long-term employment. In its first 12 months, the undertaking constructed and delivered over 100 objects to Kenyan kids with extreme disabilities, instantly bettering their high quality of life. From qualitative interviews in a research we carried out relating to the efficacy of those seats and standing frames, we discovered that APT improved the useful skill of youngsters, improved their participation in each day life and decreased the burden of care on the household (Barton, 2022).

However maybe the households of the kids say it greatest:


“Many thought he can’t go to highschool, however by the assistance of the machine he’s now in class. It has modified some individuals’s mindset.”

“By kids coming round her whereas within the machine and taking part in collectively, I can word she is making an attempt to pronounce some phrases.”

“I’m completely satisfied to see my baby with the ability to have time with different members of the family and never being in the identical place the entire day.”

“Him being within the sitting place has modified some individuals’s notion that he won’t ever do something.”

“Since he is ready to see the individuals round and even observe together with his eyes, he tries making noises as a approach of speaking.”

“The mendacity place regarded as if it was ultimate, now at any time when individuals meet him sitting it’s a approach of telling them, this baby is rather like another human being.”

“It has helped him play with others.”


To search out out extra concerning the undertaking and methods you possibly can assist APT KENYA proceed to rework kids’s lives, go to our web site: https://www.thepottershousecbo.com/apt and observe us on Fb: https://www.fb.com/APTinKenya.

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