Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
The primary goal of the initiative is to identify children affected by disabling disease as early as possible to ensure that they receive appropriate and timely access to referral, services, examination, treatment and rehabilitation. This access is crucial for children to develop, receive education, and participate in broader social life.
We want to replicate this method throughout the country and in middle and low income countries in the world. The method will be an effective, low-cost solution for low and middle income countries like Bangladesh, where the remoteness of rural communities and poor access to health, education, and rehabilitation services in many areas render most other research methods less effective.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
More than 20,000 KIs have been trained who are doing community mobilisation. CSF has identified 17 500 children with VI from 285 sub districts in 39 districts in Bangladesh. Among them, 6 500 children have had their vision restored by cataract surgery, 300 children with visual impairment have received inclusive education support and 350 children with visual impairment receive home based rehabilitation.
Under the project titled “Childhood Disability Study in Bangladesh”, 4,331 children with various form of disabilities including cleft palate and cleft lip, visual impairment, hearing loss, epilepsy, hydrocephalous, club foot, cerebral palsy, other types of physical disabilities are identified.
Of 4331 chidren, 3,100 children have received medical and surgical treatment, physiotherapy and other support. 1200 people in the project area have been trained as KIs to identify children with disabilities. 121 parents of children w/ cerebral palsy received training on home-based physiotherapy
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
In coming five years, more key informants will be trained and more children will be identified and managed accordingly. In coming years, more geographical area will be added for project work. We will cover at least 5 more new districts in coming 5 years, each in one year. Key Informant Method will be dispersed more area and mobilize more community members for action on childhood disability.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Certain barriers like inadequate services in comparison to the number of children identified, lack of motivation of key informants etc.
Just identifying children without increasing services like medical, rehabilitative, social development etc. increases frustration and we have plan to work in parallel. We have a comprehensive project which will provide these services along with identification. But it is very costly so we will use network and coordinate with other organisations.
Like any system, KI method is very effective if the key elements are motivated well and inspired to do the job by themselves. As it is a voluntary work, sometimes they might lose motivation. We will have a motivation team who’ll inspire them by sharing success story and involve them in various project activities
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Monitoring KI activity will be done by community mobiliser who will be a group of local people actively involved with us.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
identify certain amount of children with special focus on hard to reach area and provide them required services