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Reaching out to the neglected and forgotten

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Written by Andrew Redfern

I recently attended a national Cerebral Palsy conference jointly hosted by PANDA SA (the Paediatric Neurology and Development Association of South Africa) and SANDTA (South African Neurodevelopmental Therapy Association), and came away tremendously encouraged.  For starters, this was the first conference in the area of neurodevelopment where the doctors (PANDA SA) and the therapists (SANDTA) joined forces to co-host a conference. domain expiring . In such a multi-disciplinary field, it was wonderful to learn from each other, and get a sense of partnering together as the ‘CP community’.

But what  also stood out was the work of Malamulele Onward, an NGO that is doing amazing work with volunteers, reaching out and making a huge difference to children with cerebral palsy in remote areas that do not have access to services.  They are working with several rural hospitals around the country, providing training to local therapists, blocks of therapy to patients, and necessary equipment.  The changed faces of the children say it all!  Check out more details, or how to support them, at www.cpchildren.org.

About the author

Andrew Redfern

Andrew is a paediatrician at Red Cross Children's Hospital, sub-specialising in neurodevelopment. He is married to Heather, and they have 3 young boys. He is passionate about family, child health, and social justice.

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