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RAD – Rehabilitation of Afghans with Disabilities
Rohid (right) is nine years old and has recently learnt how to walk. He was just three when he caught a fever, which led to a mental disability. He also lost his ability to walk. So far, Rohid has never played, neither with his siblings, nor with the neighbouring children. Now Rohid and his family gets support from SCA’s programme for Afghans with disabilities. Even if progress will take time, the SCA staff is convinced that Rohid will learn how to walk and talk again – and even play.
RAD is a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme for persons with disabilities. In 1991 a disability programme was started under UN management, known as the Comprehensive Disabled Afghan’s Programme (CDAP), which was handed over to SCA in 2004 and then re-named RAD. In 2006 the British disability NGO, Sandy Gall’s Afghanistan Appeal (SGAA) merged with RAD. SCA is now implementing the RAD programme in 13 provinces of Afghanistan; Takhar, Badakshan, Kunduz, Baghlan, Samangan, Balkh, Jawzjan, Ghazni, Logar, Wardak, Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar.
Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
CBR is a strategy endorsed by WHO and the UN, which seeks to promote the rights of persons with disabilities to full participation and access to development in all sectors of society. In its CBR-programme RAD seeks to pay special attention to children and women with disabilities, and make sure that the rural and the poor populations are included.
Today the RAD programme consists of five components:
- Community Mobilisation and Advocacy
- Employment Support
- Special and Inclusive Education
- Physical Rehabilitation
- Capacity and Institutional Development
Development objective: Full inclusion of people with disabilities in society; to support their rights to community participation and development, as well as access to and development of general services.