The foundation believes that the provision of heathcare services for persons with disabilities involves a group of multidisciplinary professionals including healthworkers. In collaboration with the Ghana Health Services, Healthcare managers received training on setting up and provision of essential rehabilitation services. This was a very interactive and brainstorming session on cost effective and practical ways of establishing healthcare services for adolescents with special needs. We will definitely get there!
Backed by an amazing team, we reached out into the community of Alabar , a suburb of Kumasi to provide education on disabilities, stigmatization and rehabilitation services available to community members. Community chiefs and leaders who play a very important role in our work were present and promised to assist in removing the stigmatization of persons with disabilities. We were excited to do this in collaboration with the Manhyia District Hospital.
Samuel is a young man whose dad suffered a stroke about a year ago and has been receiving rehabilitation services at KATH. His poor parents can only afford to come for rehab once a week due to transportation costs.
I was struck by Samuel’s humility as he always accompanied his Dad to the hospital. When he expressed interest in Orthotics and Prosthetics, I knew I had to do my best to help him.
Orthortists/ Prosthetists are health professionals who design and make medical supportive devices (assistive devices) for persons with disabilities.
The Step out Foundation helped him gain admission to the Br. Tarcisius Prosthetics and Orthotics Training College in Nsawam and needs GHS 3000 (three thousand) to pursue his dream.
His mother, a petty trader, has been able to raise less than a quarter of the amount. School however starts next week.
Let’s help Samuel learn a profession in order to support himself and his family.
Kindly donate via the mobile money number +233550845500 or the following bank account – Account name -Step Out Foundation, Account number 0210084514269701 ECOBANK Harper Road Branch. God bless you
So our Founder’s birthday week was spent with kids with disabilities at the Physiotherapy Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, most of whom the team manages at our Rehabilitation Medicine clinic
Step Out Foundation had the privilege of presenting at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons’ Annual General and Scientific Meeting. Topic was on ‘Disasters in Ghana, the need for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’. Studies show that effectiveness of Rehabilitation increases if it is started early. Rehabilitation teams need to be formed and incorporated into NADMO’s disaster response teams to help with proper transfer of victims, triaging, functional assessments etc. Rehab teams also facilitate the evacuation of persons with disabilities involved in disasters. Let’s all help push this!
Time spent again at the studios of Angel Fm with educationists. Inclusive education and rehabilitation on our minds. Issues discussed included the causes of disabilities in kids, school injuries leading to disabilities and disability friendly schools. Ramps in our schools go a long way to enable kids who use wheelchairs have access to school facilities on higher floors. This is something we all can advocate for. Let’s do this! Together we can!
Step Out Foundation spent time with the Regional Special Education coordinator and some Special Education teachers discussing Inclusive Education and Rehabilitation at Angel 96.1fm in Kumasi . We spent an hour busting myths about children with disabilities, educating the general public on resources available for the children and promoting Inclusive education. Inclusive Education (IE) is when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes This together with multidisciplinary rehabilitation have been proven to improve the development of children with disabilities remarkably. Let’s all push for IE to be established in our schools and teach our kids, neighbors, ourselves not to stigmatize persons with disabilities!
We met little Haruna who was born with shortened legs this year. His father abandoned the family after he was born with a disability leaving his mother, a head porter (carrying him on her back) to provide for him and his siblings.