ABCD improves the lives of children with disabilities
across Palestine regardless of faith, race or gender

Humanity

The child, their family, their community and the therapists supporting them are at the heart of everything we do .

Neutrality

No matter what the situation is, ABCD will continue to support the most vulnerable wherever they are

Independence

We remain independent, focussing on the needs of the children our partners work with.

Impartiality

We support communities regardless of faith, race or gender.

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What we do

ABCD works with health centres (marked by the stars on the map) across the West Bank to ensure that they can meet the needs of their community in the long term. Priorotising child-centred holistic care delivered with their family's support at the heart of their community helps to fight stigmas still associated with disability.

The challenges facing these health centre teams include: Map 1

  • Lack of funding 
  • Difficulties recruiting and paying local therapists
  • Barriers to purchasing high-quality appropriate equipment 
  • Lack of up-to-date practical training for healthcare professionals
  • Accessibility of care for families (i.e. checkpoints, wheelchair accessible transport, unsuitable roads)

To overcome these challenges, ABCD works with the centres to:

  • Identify long and short term needs and develop a project plan
  • Rennovate the therapeutic spaces using local contractors
  • Build relations with other local health actors to share services
  • Purchase equipment 

This allows the therapists to:

  • Identify disabilities at the earliest possible age
  • Provide speciaised ongoing treatment programmes
  • Deliver and adapt bespoke equipment and home modifications
  • Undertake surgery, provide medication and give therapy sessions at low or no cost to the families
  • Run family support groups and community education sessions

 

How you can help

The economic situation continues to deterioriate across the region, and all our partners need your support to keep meeting the needs of their communities. Please help them by clicking here to donate today. 

 

Physiotherapy, occupational, speech or music therapy - £10 a session
Made to measure back moulds for wheelchairs - £200
Walking aids - £60
Ankle sprints - £50
Eye glasses - £60
Orthopaedic consultation - £15
Transport to and from hospital - £8
Cost of child inpatient stay - £100
Hearing aid - £250
Wheelchair - £450
Basic kit for music therapy - £55
Other aids and therapies from £17

Friends of ABCD

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