the right to good health
For new CDMD clients, our field staff coordinates necessary care and medical attention to improving the physical health of persons with disabilities, in coordination with family members when needed.
Based on consultation and simple screening tests (i.e. visual acuity), CDMD verifies new clients will be referred to the nearest and most suitable hospital. Additional financial support (transport, food, medicine costs) can sometimes be offered on a case-to-case basis. Community volunteers regularly follow-up with clients who are advised to undergo treatment.
When clinicians diagnose clients to have impairments, they are automatically enrolled into CDMD’s CBR program. Once enrolled, community volunteers counsel clients and their family members about the impairment and explain the rehabilitation services available so that they can make informed choices. An individual rehabilitation plan is made after a needs assessment by interviewing the clients and their family members. In this way, clients feel empowered and their needs are monitored from the beginning of the program.
Functional rehabilitation can vary—from daily living skills to orientation and mobility training. In general, clients will be trained twice weekly for a period of up to several months until they are confident to manage independently. Family members of the clients and, if necessary, neighbours are involved in the training process.
When assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, glasses, or low-vision aids are required, the client will be referred to the most suitable service provider, either government-owned or NGO-based. CDMD’s community volunteers monitor closely, ensuring the devices are used properly and most effectively for the client.