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Advocacy and Awareness Campaign Targets KwaDabeka

March 29, 2016

 
Advocacy Awareness Day in KwaDabeka. 
Following interventions by UKZN students, the KwaDabeka community in Durban is more sensitive to the challenges associated with living with disabilities and studying towards careers that will enhance local healthcare and rehabilitation.

Teaming up with KwaDabeka Community Care Givers (CCGs) to make this happen as part of their final-year programme were UKZN Occupational Therapy (OT) students, Ms Amy Wilson, Ms Tahlita Sparg, Ms Mashudu Mathedimosa and Mr Msawenkosi Mbele.

A partnership was established between the KwaDabeka community and UKZN’s OT discipline several years ago with the aim of finding ways to improve occupational justice within the community.

This year’s Advocacy and Awareness campaign included posters, pamphlets and information tables stationed at the Boxer Punch Shop, Clermont Library, and the Clermont and KwaDabeka Clinics.

Students lobbied for the fair and equal treatment of disabled individuals and promoted educating the community on how to access beneficial health professions such as audiology, speech-language pathology, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

The six-week KwaDabeka projected included an intervention held with Grade R pupils from two local primary schools in addition to collaborating with the CCGs for regular home visits where treatment and rehabilitation were provided.

The Advocacy Awareness Day was a resounding success, attracting wide interest and providing an opportunity for the disabled to be seen and heard

‘Information was presented in isiZulu which made understanding much easier,’ said the students, who enjoyed working with community care givers.

‘We look forward to completing a community service year in rural communities to hopefully bring about the change so desperately needed.’

Lunga Memela

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