A family in the Kassena Nankana District
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana
The Kassena Nankana Area programme (KNAP) supports many children with disabilities. A large part of the programme’s work focuses on tackling the spirit child phenomenon and it is often the case that children are labelled as spirits as the result of a disability which is either misunderstood or is difficult to manage in the local environment. KNAP and particularly the AfriKids Child Rights Centre in Sirigu has become well known as a place where children with disabilities can find help and through their outreach and home based support work the KNAP team discover and care for many children with disabilities themselves. The CBR offers specialised support in, among other things, early identification, physiotherapy, mobility tools and referrals for people with disabilities.
The two organisations have become close partners and refer to each other’s services frequently. The AfriKids Child Rights Centre is often used for CBR programmes and many of KNAP’s children have benefitted from therapies and tools provided by CBR. The partnership is complimentary and also feeds into Ghana Health Services provision well, making it a fantastic example of cross- sectorial partnership and the creation of an effective social welfare net for some of the districts’ most vulnerable people.