Strategy of Program Implementation
Center Based Program
Cheshire Ethiopia provides center based services in its Menagesha,Dire Dawa ,Hawassa and Addis Ababa Rehabilitation centers. CE-Menagesha and CE-Dire Dawa admit 140 clients at a time ,i.e. 120 and 20 respectively. Menagesha rehabilitation Center is a national rehabilitation and referral center for rehabilitation of Persons with disabilities mainly children aged 5-18 years affected due to post-polio paralysis. The children wing admits 70 clients at a time making the annual intake being over 140 children With the exception of those serious cases whostay more than a year despite of the average length of stay four to six months.
The comprehensive pre and post-operative care along with physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, donkey assisted therapy, handicraft training, informal and functional education, life skills training, counseling, mobility and walking appliances fitting and other therapeutic services enhance mobility and social functioning of children under rehabilitation.
Mobile Outreach Services
Historically the mobile outreach service was established to make follow up of children discharged from Menagesha Rehabilitation Center as rehabilitation services are unavailable in distant parts of the country . Currently the mobile outreach is deployed from three centers (Menagesha (22,) Hawassa (8), and Dire Dawa (8) making the total outreach post thirty eight. Cheshire Ethiopia Mobile Rehabilitation Team provides follow up service for disabled children and young people in different localities and monitors more than 6,500 clients annually, by accessing walking aids such as crutches, braces, shoes and walking frames. During field operation new clients are identified and provided with on the spot rehabilitation. In cases where there is need for further evaluation and professional support they are given appointments for admission to Menagesha.
Community Based Rehabilitation Program (CBR)
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program is an off shoot of the mobile outreach services whereby children with developmental impairments such as mental retardation cerebral palsy and other multiple disabilities are rehabilitated using community approach. In order to make the rehabilitation service effective and economically empower parents of children with disabilities, the program access livelihood, educational and vocational skill training. At present Cheshire Ethiopia implements CBR programs in Hawassa, Dire Dawa and Harar towns.
In 2009, Cheshire Services Ethiopia and Lillian Foundation forged into partnership aimed at addressing medical, educational, socio-economic and livelihood needs of children and young people with disabilities. As a strategic partner to Lillian Foundations, Cheshire Ethiopia facilitates grant to 13 partner local organizations and coordinates the effectiveness of the respective organizations operation.