Alfredo João Dabana is 50 and lives in Sassamanja village in Mocuba District-Zambézia. Married, he is father of 8 children (4 boys and 4 girls). He is a volunteer and facilitator of the SCG and was trained in CBR by NLR and DPS technicians in 2019 and he tells us about his story.

 “I did not have any knowledge about CBR. Because of that, me and other group members we were not practicing the exercises, even having a CBR centre built in our group.”

 The community leader of the village said the CBR center remained about 6 months without being used because no one was in position to give orientation to the patients. Alfredo told us that three days after training, a SGC meeting held.

In the group I identified 20 PWDs whom presented all the criteria I was taught and with them we made a plan of practicing CBR sessions twice a week, on Tuesday and Fridays.”

Along the time, 10 patients gave up and other 10 remained. From them, two had improved their health condition.

“I am better now. I am no longer using assistive devices and do not need any support to move and I am now able to carry out my daily chores. The rehabilitation center is bringing big gain to our community. People who had seen me years ago do not believe in my current situation. Other colleagues of mine whose a still practice CBR they are now motivated to continue, besides some walking challenges they face”, said Argentina Elias, one of the lady whose her health had improved thanks to volunteer orientation in CBR.

Quite sad informed that the number reduced because eight of the ten left they live far from the CBR center. So, they face challenges to go and practice regularly. Even though he says that the training brought a positive impact to his life.

“With the training I got knowledge and skills to help patients in my community. The community is able to see and talk about the results that CBR brings and this brings credibility to us by the community”

At the end, he asks for support in conventional material, such as zinc sheets to cover the CBR center, as that is very expensive. To the NLR, DPS staff and supporters, thank you very much.

 “I am better now. I am no longer using assistive devices and do not need any support to move and I am now able to carry out my daily chores. The rehabilitation center is bringing big gain to our community. People who had seen me years ago do not believe in my current situation. Other colleagues of mne whose a still practice CBR they are now motivated to continue, besides some walking challenges they face”, said Argentina Elias, one of the lady whose her health had improved thanks to volunteer orientation in CBR.

 

 

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