Project supported by Let Us Stay Alive
Spinal cord injury is a devastating condition of reduced mobility usually associated with physical accidents among the young. Every year, at least 71 people suffering from spinal cord injury are treated in the 2 rehab centres in the southern province of Rwanda, according to LUSA. They suffer from both restricted blood flow and metabolic disorders and are equally vulnerable to mental health problems. Most of them have restrictions associated with mobility, with participation in interpersonal relations and in community, social and civil life, causing thereby stigma on the part of the population.
They are, however, not condemned for practicing a sporting activity may reduce their movement disorders and help them improve both their emotional and mental well-being and their physical health.
- Reducing movement disorders with youths suffering from spinal cord injury and increasing their social interaction
- Increasing the patients’ emotional resilience and self-confidence and building their basic life skills
- Sensitising people to the bad effects of the stigma many a young with reduced mobility are suffering from
- Improving understanding of spinal cord injury complications as well as prevention and patients’ health care
- Setting up organising committees consisting of coaches, volunteers, and physicians for efficient and efficacious care
- Organising practice sessions and basketball, bodybuilding and snooker contests for people with reduced mobility
- Organising group therapy and workshops for raising awareness on the risks and negative effects of persons with reduced mobility stigma
- Periodical health examinations of youths in partnership with the 2 targeted rehab centres
- 60 young people with spinal cord injuries shall be taken care of and assisted for more self-confidence and self-esteem with the practice of a sporting activity
- Committing 22 young volunteers for awareness raising facilitation workshops, the care and assistance for persons with reduced mobility