Providing health and rehabilitation services to children and young people with a physical disability at LaValla School, Cambodia.
LaValla School is a core program of a local NGO Marist Solidarity Cambodia (MSC) where poor, physically disabled students can undertake primary education whilst gaining access to physiotherapy and rehabilitation services. An estimated 21% of Cambodian children have one or more disabilities, indicating that the population of people with disabilities will increase in the future.
The LaValla School Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centre is vital to each of the 93 students and is helping to facilitate their reintegration into mainstream society through rehabilitation. The Centre provides therapeutic facilities and services as well as prescribing assistive devices and mobility aids.
In 2018 we are pleased to report that the Centre undertook 2,755 physiotherapy sessions, 19 hydrotherapy sessions as well as 594 general medical health checks. As well as this the school received visits from medical professionals from across the world who provide a range of services including surgical interventions for which 7 students were recipients to help with their mobility.
The Health and Rehabilitation Centre at LaValla school also increases opportunities by providing students with assistive devices to aid in their physical rehabilitation. This year the school made or acquired 201 assistive devises for the students.
Access to physiotherapy and rehabilitation for the young people attending the school is vital to their development. This increased opportunity and access contributes to many long-term societal and personal changes, particularly as new students begin and existing students graduate. LaValla School and the Health and Rehabilitation Centre at LaValla School is contributing to the breaking down of the negative stigma faced by people with a disability. To learn more about LaValla School or to donate, visit: https://bit.ly/2wWNKYj