Step Forward: A New Approach for the Rehabilitation of Children with Cerebral Palsy is Offered in Almaty

Thanks to the Bulat Utemuratov Foundation, the “ARDI” association and the “Dom” society in the Southern capital, the Center for Continuous Intensive Rehabilitation for Children with Cerebral Palsy began work. There are no analogues in Kazakhstan yet: new and really effective methods are used to treat young patients in the Center.

What the center is like?

About $300 thousand was allocated for the opening of the rehabilitation center. A spacious three-story building was chosen for this center in advance (the dilapidated house was bought and completely repaired with the assets of the “Positiv Ymit” and Nurzhan Bekshenov). The center is equipped with the latest technology – hydrotherapy rooms, many massage zones and physical therapy rooms are waiting for the small patients.

There is even a special “calming” sensory room – with dim lighting, a stand for Sand-art (sandography) and a huge display on which relaxing 3D videos are shown to the kids. Irina Brezhneva, who was in charge of the children’s medical institution “Aksai”, was appointed to the post of chief physician.

At what age can a child go to the center?

The institution works with patients under the age of 14. At the same time, specialists note that the sooner the parents decide to seek professional help, the more chances they will have to conduct successful rehabilitation and even prevent disability. An early intervention, up to 1.5 years old, is considered to be an ideal one. The rehabilitation course for each child is assigned individually and takes from 2 to 3 months, and according to experts the first results are visible after 20 days.

How much does rehabilitation cost?

All services and procedures offered in the center are free of charge. Not more than 300 children can simultaneously enter the rehabilitation in the institution, and there are still available places at present. The center is located at the address: Nurpeisova, 2a.

Not only rehabilitation, but also training

Specialists, who will be able to work with children in the regions of Kazakhstan, will be trained at the premises of the center. To date, such workers are largely lacking. The foundation of Utemuratov allocated about $700 thousand to create the training center – the organization hopes that this money will help create an effective rehabilitation system throughout the country.

Children’s cerebral palsy is an important and painful problem for the Republic of Kazakhstan. To date, around 15.000 small patients with a similar diagnosis have been registered throughout the country, and this number is increasing year by year. Most children with cerebral palsy are born in Almaty and Astana.

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