In Tanzania, only a minority of persons with disabilities have access to assistive technology. As a result, most of them cannot live independently and have access to sports.
A pilot project for the benefit of children with disabilities
The program aims at helping the Southern African Development Community increase its level of support to children living with lower limb amputations. Professionals of the rehabilitation sector were invited to a week-long workshop. They received a training on the latest prosthetics technology, methods and rehabilitation techniques.
“Jumping Kids was launched to address the needs of young South Africans without access to adequate prosthetics. Its vision is to allow kids to be kids – to play, run, climb and jump just like any able-bodied kid.”
Among the participants in the programme, two ortho-prosthetists from Tanzania participated. They followed a training which allowed them to take care of the two boys, Abdul and Musa. Ruth Onesmo, from Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) and Baraka Moshi from Tanzania Training Centre for Orthopaedic Technologists (TaTCOT), started with an assessment and followed their training by the manufacturing and fitting of the sports prosthetic device.
“I experienced first-hand how exposure to sports can effectively help children who underwent an amputation. When they are fitted with the right device and receive good rehabilitation services, they can develop as well as others.” Observed Ruth Onesmo
Also, in partnership with the Tanzania Paralympic Committee (TPC), a sports training program will be developed with the JMK Youth Park. This will allow the two boys, as well as other children with disabilities, to play sports in and out of school in Tanzania.
Musa’s dream is to become an athlete
After his fitting and trying out his new sports prostheses, Musa started dreaming again: he wants to become one of the next Paralympic athlete of Tanzania!
He didn’t waste any time! As soon as he was fitted, he went to play football and ran around the building!