Shonaquip and Uhambo’s holistic approach recognises that each person with a mobility impairment is viewed as part of a much bigger world or system. Quality information, disability friendly attitudes, skills and resources all play an important part in overcoming the medical and social barriers the person with disability faces in day to day life. Through working together, communities can be supported, capacitated and empowered as they promote the participation and inclusion of people with mobility and other impairments. Our holistic approach typically involves the provision of appropriate wheelchairs and wheelchairs/related services, community- based support groups, skills training of carers, disability awareness raising in the community and the development of a local network of partners and service providers to foster the inclusion of people.
A mobility disability is a disability caused by an impairment of the movement of a person. The effect of this physical impairment, together with other barriers faced in society can cause a person to be disabled in a number of important ways.
CP means Cerebral Palsy, a general term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.
Cerebral Palsy affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning in different ways.
Although Uhambo has a special focus on children with mobility impairments, we also work with children with other disabilities in inclusive settings.
Uhambo is growing rapidly and beginning to provide capacity building in a number of different provinces across South Africa, and beyond our borders in neighbouring countries like Mozambique.
Uhambo Foundation has many partners in regions across South Africa. We value greatly and are dependent on collaboration with our partners to complement our capacity building and to provide a network of support to families affected by disability. We do many referrals to local, existing sources of support and work together with partners on projects, training and other community based initiatives of common interest to strengthen the support network for greater sustainability.
Costs of capacity building programmes vary a lot depending on the scale of the intervention, distances to travel, size of the group, geographical location. Contact Uhambo to prepare a quote for intervention in your area.
The Ndinogona kit is supplied as a tool to be used in a capacity building program and as such is not available to be sold separately. Unfortunately the smaller parent kit is no longer available.
Uhambo and Shonaquip both view appropriate positioning and wheelchairs as a fundamental tool to enable a child to participate fully and access the same services and opportunities as others. Therefore an important focus of Uhambo is to ensure that children in need of devices have access to them, especially those un-connected with state health services. Uhambo social and community based workers and program facilitators work closely with a clinical seating team from Shonaquip to ensure that children with mobility impairments are assessed and provided with the appropriate positioning and device options to meet their individual needs. They also have access to wheelchair technicians to ensure that devices are kept in workable condition. They work with the therapists to build capacity of carers to operate, adjust and care for devices appropriately and to handle children with mobility impairment in ways that facilitate their safety, comfort and participation.
Uhambo does have a dedicated social worker and community-based workers on the team who can assess families affected by disability and refer them for support or assistance as required. Our therapists are not involved in individual client therapy but focus on capacity building to improve care and management of people with disabilities. We value collaboration with other service providers in health, education and the social development sector. We will also try to connect families affected by disability to a community based support group where possible.