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Medical Empowerment

Medical empowerment is another off-shoot of HPD-O’s CBR Program, consisting of detection and assessment service, referral service and coverage of medical expenses incurred for the benefit of needy PWDs belonging to destitute families, in most cases. This intervention has proved to be so highly effective and remedial that 369 PWDs, who have never seen a physician or who have failed to get access to a decent treatment service, have been detected, medically diagnosed, treated and cured/rehabilitated to regain their physical, hearing or visual capabilities. There are also a considerable number of PWDs who have been medically rehabilitated and got relieved from their ailments that had endangered them to sustain additional impairments, become healthy and robust enough to continue their educational pursuits. 

One hundred fifty four (154) out of the 369 beneficiaries of medical empowerment are PWDs who have received HIV/AIDS Counseling and voluntary services. This has been achieved through continuous identification, assessment undertaken and motivational engagement, exerted by HPD-O’s CBR  and other staff in close collaboration and consultations with the beneficiaries, families, and  health facilities enabling the needy PWDs to receive health treatment through cost coverage and referrals.

 

As noted earlier the goal of medical, physical, and psychosocial CBR interventions is to improve or replace the functional capacity of PWDs so that they can carry on with their education, or employment carrier development or other engagements. The case story of Temesgen Tamiru, who belongs to a family with 3 children and couple parents and earns their living from the incomes of father, Mr. Tamiru Yitaferu engaged in daily labour provides a good practice experience in this regard.

 

At the time HPD-O’s CBR workers got in contact with Temesgen and his family in their home-to-home assessment tour in Debrebirhan town undertaken in 2010, he was a student daily carried to school and back home on the back of his father or mother due to his severe and multiple physical impairment causing him grave mobility disability. Temesgen encountered the type of  lower body part impairment commonly referred to as paralysis that left both of his legs infirm and caused him difficulty of mobility beginning from his 8th birth. Having learnt from the identification and assessment proceedings of the CBR workers that Temesgen has never seen a health facility due to the ignorance and poverty of his parents, it was agreed and arranged with his parents so that Temesgen was first taken to the Hailemariam Mamo Hospital based in the town that later referred him to the Tiqur Anbasa/Black Lion Hospital in Addis. Then, Temesgen was successfully treated and fairly cured with the effect that he was finally able to stand and walk using double crutches and later a single crutch.

 

Temesgen discussing with one of the CBR workers of the organization

This outcome has been a joy for his family and an accomplishment and a practical reason of satisfaction for the CBR para-social workers and for the entire staff of HPD-O as well as for the development staff and entire entourage of the Embassy of Finland. Now that, Temesgen Tamiru has been physically, psychosocially and medically empowered through the medical facilitation and cost coverage, provision of crutches, and self-awareness and social inclusion awareness interventions as well as tutorial and school-based follow-ups undertaken by HPD-O, he has completed his 9th grade secondary school studies and is promoted to 10th grade. He has also been one of students with disabilities provided by HPD-O with school uniforms, learning materials, and transport cost coverage, being further educationally empowered that he has otherwise been denied in full or in part on account of the great poverty situation of his family.                  

 

This case story shows that HPD-O has been implementing such physical, psychological, social empowerment and medical empowerment measures as pre-requisite and parallel service inputs that needy PWDs want to realize their potentials and maximize their participation in education, vocational trainings, work deployments and career developments, family and social lives, cultural and political endeavors.

Contacts  

Help for Persons with Disabilities-Organization/HPD-O

P.O.BOX 34711 

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Phone: 25111-123-13-67

Fax:25111-154-02-43

2519-11-24-18-03

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