Ukraine Pediatric Wheelchair Training

Rotary Area of Focus: Disease Prevention and Treatment Project

Title: Ukraine Pediatric Wheelchair Training 

Host Club: Rotary Club of Kharkiv – District 2232

International Club: E-Club of One world – District 5240

Proposed Global Grant Project # GG2126438

Two factors motivated the project: the lack of an adapted pediatric wheelchair and the lack of trained certified professionals on wheelchair assisting service (currently there are only 2 certified trainers) in Ukraine.

There is a need to replace the strollers (type baby-stroller) currently used by the families, to avoid more damages to the body of handicapped children and youth. An affordable wheelchair for children, the Cub, will be introduced to the Ukraine market with training for the families and health care professionals.

 

The basic online training, called “Wheelchair Service Training” (created by WHO) will be accessible to the medical professions and will be followed by a 3-day Basic Hybrid Training, in-person.

30 basic adult wheelchairs will be used for the training and 14 Cubs, plus 6 different pediatric wheelchairs will be provided for demonstrations and to be tested by the families. A qualifying intermediate Level training with certification will be provided to selected professionals who will become trainers themselves and prescribers of pediatric wheelchairs. Those professional trainings will strengthen the health care system of the country for doctors, nurses, caregivers, and occupational therapists and at the end of the grant, more than 40 families will benefit from the donation of a wheelchair.

The goal of the project is to educate the medical professions in order to reduce the causes and effects of a bad stroller used instead of a pediatric performant wheelchair for children with disabilities in Ukraine.

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