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6 February 2018

Mainstreaming Rehabilitation Bangladesh

Between 2013 and 2017, the Centre for Disability and Development (CDD) in Bangladesh and Light for the World Netherlands, partnered together in the SCANED programme, funded by the European Union. The goal of SCANED was to improve the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in Bangladesh, with rehabilitation services being one of the key activities.

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# persons having access to mainstream activities

Over the course of the years, over 32,000 persons with disabilities received rehabilitation services, which included the delivery of assistive devices, physiotherapy and home based care.

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Increased quality of life

What did these rehabilitation services do? Well, our data shows that after receiving rehabilitation services, persons with disabilities have increased access to mainstream health, education and livelihood activities. Their quality of life increased, as did participation in social life in their communities. If this doesn’t demonstrate the power of community based rehabilitation – then we don’t know what will!

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Improved participation

As part of the SCANED programme, the team also established two rehabilitation centres on the premises of large, public hospitals. The theory was that setting up these centres as part of the hospital would reach more people than stand-alone rehabilitation centres. In 2017, we carried out comparative research to see if our hypothesis would stand. Interested in the results? Check out CDD’s publication: Quality Rehabilitation for All (or accessible version).

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