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Medical care and education for disabled children in Ghana

African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC)

A collection of photos from Ancilla Community Based Rehabilitation (ACBR), Ghana, show "before" and "after" results of medical treatments for children with disability.

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Sr. Joyce works with her congregation and the community to ensure that disabled children receive medical care, education and a chance at inclusive development in Ghana.

According to the World Health Organization and the World Bank, an estimated 15% of the world’s population has a disability and an estimated 106 million children have moderate and severe disabilities.

In West Africa, children with disabilities are not adequately accounted for in any government records; this leads to services being under-resourced and decisions being made based on incorrect information.

Many people with disabilities are denied their rights, called names and are neglected by their families and society.

Children with disability in Ghana face several hardships when it comes to healthcare and education.

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“HHCJ is doing so well in putting smiles on the faces of these children.

“HHCJ is doing so well in putting smiles on the faces of these children." -Sr. Joyce Baabereyir, HHCJ, SLDI alumna, who works to provide assistance to children with disability in Ghana.

The Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus (HHCJ) have cared for those with disabilities since 1982. Recently, HHCJ created the Ancilla Community Based Rehabilition (ACBR) center.

Sr. Scholastica Yiripare, HHCJ established the disability center in Ghana and has received a lot of help and interest from the surrounding community.

An alumna of the Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) program, Sr. Joyce Baabereyir, HHCJ helps in the center and sees how they are helping others.

“HHCJ is doing so well in putting smiles on the faces of these children.”

ACBR bridges the gap through health services in different hospitals in the country and education at all levels including special schools, vocational and technical training institutions. Children go through medical assessment with some of them having their disabilities corrected through surgery.

Sr. Scholastica Yiripare, HHCJ established the ACBR center for children with disability in Ghana and has received a lot of support from the community. Because of this, a workshop was organized for opinion leaders, parents, sisters and beneficiaries, so the community could get involved in caring for these children.

Sr. Scholastica Yiripare, HHCJ established the ACBR center for children with disability in Ghana and has received a lot of support from the community. Because of this, a workshop was organized for opinion leaders, parents, sisters and beneficiaries, so the community could get involved in caring for these children.

Sr. Scholastica organized a workshop for opinion leaders, parents, sisters and beneficiaries of the program to let them have full participation in caring for these children with disabilities in their communities.

Sr. Joyce writes,

“The participants at the workshop were so touched by what the sisters are doing and promised to put heads together to develop a plan that will facilitate the inclusive development of persons with disabilities.”

Sr. Joyce’s congregation has also created a school, Handmaids Preparatory School (HPS), to offer all-inclusive basic education to care for some of the children with disabilities. They also offer boarding facilities for girls to boost the dignity and holistic development of the children.

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This article is addressing the following UN Sustainable Development Goal(s):

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning Reduce inequality within and among countries Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Sr. Joyce Baabereyir, HHCJ


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SLDI Alumna - Ghana  

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