- COMMUNITY NURSING CARE TO SUFFERERS OF CHRONIC ILLNESS OF ASTHMA AND EPILEPSY
SRFIM provides healthcare to persons with lifelong conditions, i.e. asthma and epilepsy. Outreach clinics were established at a centre of a number of villages where villagers access healthcare. These are the people who would be otherwise cut from Government’s free healthcare because of long distances to health facilities. Each clinic is visited by health professionals once in every four to six weeks.
Community volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that the clients adhere to anti asthmatic and anti epileptic drug taking as well as handling of an epileptic person who has a seizure.
The recovery and wellbeing of children with epilepsy and asthma enables them to attend school and play with friends, at the same time enabling their parents to direct their efforts on other household and community development activities, ultimately reducing heavily the burden of care and support directed on their children.
- MEDICAL REHABILITATION CARE TO PERSONS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
Teams of Medical Rehabilitation technicians make home visits to persons with disability once in every six weeks where they provide physical rehabilitative care and supply appliances where necessary. During these home clinics, caregivers and volunteers receive hands on training on how to carry on with the treatment in between clinics in the absence of rehabilitation teams.
As mobility is a challenge, clients with physical disabilities are assisted right in their homes.
Clients who need a more specialized care are referred to Beit CURE in Blantyre. SRFIM provides travel costs for the clients and their guardians for the referral.
Most of the clients are children and the most common form of disability is cerebral palsy.
Children who do not respond well to the community based physical therapy which is held at six week intervals, they are admitted to the intensive rehabilitation care unit at Balaka. Wards for the intensive sessions have just been renovated with co-funding from Capricorn Africa Trust (UK) and Malawi Government’s Ministry of Physical Disabilities and the Elderly Affairs.
A guardian and a community volunteer accompany the disabled child with physical disabilities to enable them gain practical skills on physical exercises necessary for children with various forms of disabilities.
A Medical Rehabilitation Centre has been established at Balaka providing specialized physical therapy services to persons with physical disabilities. The centre is open to everybody at a fee. All proceeds realized at the centre are used towards free community based nursing and medical rehabilitation care.