Lockdown measure may worsen children with disabilities condition
Because of COVID-19, Pakistan is under quarantine, as are the activities organized by Humanity & Inclusion (HI) for vulnerable children.
Samina at the playground activities with her friends | © HI
Seven-year-old Samina is not able to walk and to use her hands for certain tasks like bathing, combing her hair, and holding objects. Her recent inclusion to children activities and rehabilitation exercises was making a real difference for her. But due to COVID-19, Pakistan is on lockdown, and so are the children activities.
Samina used to be isolated due to her disabilities. That is, until HI invited her to be a part of a children’s group in her neighbourhood. Activities are on halt but HI finds a way to ease the impact of the lockdown on her and her family.
A few weeks ago…
Due to the spread of COVID-19, Samina is locked inside her home, and back in isolation. Before the coronavirus, she was out every day, playing with other children and making friends for the first time in her life.
Before she was provided with a wheelchair, her friends would carry her around the playground so she could participate in the same activities as them. Samina also received rehabilitation care at the community base center. She did physical therapy exercises 3-4 times a day to help improve her mobility and have better use of her hands.
Samina’s family has lived in displaced camps for nine years after fleeing armed violence. Her father is a daily labourer. “We are very poor,” her mother says. We have never been able to arrange a medical treatment for Samina. But thanks to HI’s team, she was getting stronger.”
Activities on hold
Due to COVID-19, activities in Pakistan have all come to a halt. Samina is back to her life before, when she stayed in her bed in one corner of her home without any friends or toys to pass her time with. But HI finds a way to ease the impact of the lockdown on Samina and her family.
HI decreases the impact of the lockdown
Although our community workers are not able to continue children activities during the lockdown, our teams are finding ways to provide support.
Financial difficulties during a global health crisis
Samina’s father hasn’t been able to work for the past three weeks due to the shutdown, and they have very little to eat. Like many parents, Samina’s mother and father find it very difficult to see their children so frustrated, depressed, and helpless during this global health crisis.
Samina’s parents hope that the ongoing situation improves quickly so that she can meet up with the children’s group again. It’s not only fun for Samina, but it’s also one of the best therapies for her growth.