IMPROVING CEREBRAL PALSY THERAPY



Mission

CSF Global Partnership’s mission is to develop and help implement improvements to cerebral palsy therapy for children in Bangladesh and other low-resource settings.

Background

Cerebral Palsy refers to an injury to the brain, typically occurring before or during birth. CP has a particularly high rate of incidence in low resource countries due to poor prenatal nutrition and a lack of adequate healthcare for impoverished communities. Around 260,000 children in Bangladesh suffer from cerebral palsy. The symptoms of CP include poor control of movement, muscle weakness, potential paralysis, and difficulty or inability to speak. Treatment for patients of CP includes speech, occupational, and physical therapy, as well as improvements in nutrition and general quality of life. Unfortunately, these resources do not always reach children in need due to geographical and financial constraints.

OUR PROJECT

CSF Global is an NGO centered in Sirajganj, Bangladesh that works to provide resources to children and families affected by cerebral palsy. They currently provide assistive devices to children, including hearing aids, eyeglasses, wheelchairs, and canes, as well as educate communities on cerebral palsy through community informants and parent self-help groups. In addition to these services, they also help provide children with physiotherapy and  sight-restoring surgeries. CSF Global has also helped to establish a CP Registry in and around Sirajganj to document the number of children and families affected by CP and to help them develop and improve the services they offer.

Our team is collaborating with CSF Global to help make assistive or occupational therapy devices for Bangladeshi children who suffer from cerebral palsy. Currently in our research phase, we are working to establish connections with people such as professors and healthcare workers to understand cerebral palsy and the best ways that exist to alleviate the symptoms. We are also working on developing optimal data-gathering methods before we travel to Bangladesh this summer to conduct a needs assessment. In addition to our technical research, we have been researching Bangladesh to understand its culture by talking to people who are from Bangladesh or have traveled in the country.


 

Project Leads

KELLY CRUMLEY | kcrumley@umich.edu

MADDIE WILSON | madewils@umich.edu