This project, funded by the Wakka Foundation, aimed at increasing awareness of the rights and needs of people with disabilities in the North West region of Cameroon.
The Global burden of disability according to WHO 2010 is 15% and 80% of this population are in LMICs. Their rights are not being respected and their needs are not being met. Also, they suffer a lot of stigmatizations, abandonment from families and are left behind the evidence-based practice train because of difficulties in accessing research. Our innovation sought to improve the respect of the rights and meeting of needs of PWDs using innovation and best practices. We will use formative research through KII and FGD to gather experiences of PWDs in the NWR of Cameroon which is important to inform the design of our intervention.
eBASE will develop an innovative evidence toolkit that brings research recommendations to households and communities of PWDs through community health workers for families to engage in evidence practices with their CWD. This is to give children an opportunity to bond with the families more, debunk myths and eliminate stigma while promoting respect of their rights and meeting needs. Household practices will be audited by community health workers and evidence recommendations provided.
The team will also provide an income generating activity scheme for the families to support the needs of their CWDs. All these expected is to happen by the end of 2020
The proof of concept will be demonstrated by;
- 30 families of CWDs gain knowledge on best practices
- 30 CWDs with their families gain seed funding of 100,000frs each for IGA
- 30 families and their children with disabilities gain skills on how to manage proceeds from their IGA business.
- 30 CWDs get opportunities to spend more time with their families and communities
- 30 CWDs have a bank account and are considered for inheritance by their families
- 30 CWDs own a disability card
- 5 CHWs gain knowledge in giving out evidence-based recommendations for CWDs/ their families and collect data through smartphones and WhatsApp.
- 5 Advocacy sessions with stakeholders and 5policy makers
- Geomapping of 54 CWD in Bamenda
- 1 Publication of results