KASIETTY ZHOL, KAZAKHSTAN

Kasietty Zhol provides healthcare and regular rehabilitation for children with neuroorthopaedic disabilities from socially vulnerable groups.

Accessing the right care for children with cerebral palsy or other disabilities is challenging, but it is especially difficult for low-income families. In Kazakhstan many children with disabilities from underprivileged backgrounds end up in orphanages because their families are unable to finance their special needs.

In these orphanages, children recieve limited support. Kasietty Zhol is a programme offering rehabilitation therapies to children with disabilities whose families cannot afford to pay for professional healthcare services. Thanks to the Trafigura Foundation, children from low-income backgrounds and orphans with cerebral palsy can receive special rehabilitation therapies including medical, psychological and pedagogical care.

One mother who came to the Balapan centre with her four-month-old daughter Zhanel, born with Down syndrome, told the staff she disliked the child’s appearance and uncoordinated movement. She felt hopeless. But after undertaking daily activities at the centre, Zhanel’s mother realised she had a “wonderful child” who had come on in leaps and bounds thanks to finally receiving the therapy she needed.

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Key Figures

+400

children received rehabilitation support

19

specialists were trained to help children with disabilities

+400 children received rehabilitation support
19 specialists were trained to help children with disabilities