We are delighted to announce our partnership with MAITS to deliver the life-changing Community Health Worker (CHW) Empowerment training programme in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The programme will enhance the lives of families with disabilities and open up access to critical facilities in both countries, reaching some of the countries’ most vulnerable people who are often in hard-to-reach areas and helping to enhance the quality of lives of 3,100 children.
Since 2008, MAITS has provided training to 6,952 individuals in over 23 countries, benefitting over 1,350,000 children with disabilities and their families. Access to MAITS’ global training network of online training (over 450 trainers) ensures expertise and knowledge is retained locally and where it is most needed. The MAITS flagship (CHW) Empowerment training targets hard-to-reach families who have limited access to specialist therapists and therapy centres, and who rely on the skill and dedication of community workers to enhance the lives of their children with disabilities and their families and communities. This grass root training enables timely specialist referrals to be made and enables the provision of targeted home support to promote children’s development, health and wellbeing, using MAITS’ expertly designed training packages and tools. The programme is successfully running in five countries and the resource package has been recommended by A.I.F.I Italian Association of Physiotherapy.
In Bangladesh, only 11% of children with disabilities receive any form of education and the biggest issue for families is inequality of access to support services. Children’s access to basic health and education in both countries is limited in ‘normal’ times and has been exacerbated during COVID. The programme will improve the quality of lives of 700 children with developmental disabilities and 700 carers across Bangladesh and Pakistan in Year One alone, evidencing the ability of the programme to scale-up existing support.
CareTech plc staff will be invited to attend workshops and to contribute their skills across a range of MAITS’ programmes.
Our CEO, Jonathan Freeman MBE, said:
“We are delighted to partner with MAITS to deliver their impressive CHW Empowerment Programme. With support from the Foundation, this training will reach families who have limited access to therapists and help to enhance the lives of children with disabilities. We are confident that this programme will have a huge impact and reach some of the most vulnerable people in Pakistan and Bangladesh.”
MAITS Chair, Meheen Rangoonwala, said:
“We are delighted to partner with the CareTech Foundation to deliver MAITS life-changing CHW Empowerment Programme in Pakistan and Bangladesh. On behalf of the Board, I would like to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you!’ to the Foundation, for sharing our commitment to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people within society.”