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Occupational therapy synergy between Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania and Heifer International to reduce poverty

Anne Marie W. Hansen, Albert P. Chaki, Ruth Mlay
African Journal of Disability | Vol 2, No 1 | a48 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajod.v2i1.48 | © 2013 Anne Marie W. Hansen, Albert P. Chaki, Ruth Mlay | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 October 2012 | Published: 11 July 2013

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Anne Marie W. Hansen, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, United States
Albert P. Chaki, CCBRT-Moshi, Tanzania, United Republic of
Ruth Mlay, CCBRT-Moshi, Tanzania, United Republic of


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Abstract

Background: This article describes a partnership between a community-based rehabilitation organisation and a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Tanzania. The partnership focused on income-generating (IG) activities to tackle the problems of poverty faced by families with a child with a disability (CWD).

Objectives: The aim of this case study was to describe the partnership between Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania in Moshi (CCBRT-Moshi), a non-governmental organisation, and families to create an income-generating business, namely raising goats.

Method: This was a team approach between CCBRT-Moshi and Heifer International, an organisation that focuses on IG activities to create a synergy or partnership between community-based rehabilitation and IG activities.

Results: This partnership between occupational therapy rehabilitation services at CCBRT-Moshi and the NGO resulted in strengthening the effectiveness of occupational therapy services and leaving a more lasting impact on the people they served within the community by helping to reduce poverty in addition to providing rehabilitation and prevention interventions.

Conclusion: This collaboration was successful as it provided a means for families to generate income from raising goats. Although the results have not been empirically verified, observational and anecdotal evidence suggests that families with CWDs have better quality of life and ultimately improved health through this synergistic partnership.


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community based rehabilitation; income-generating;poverty;

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