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120 Children Get New Wheels

“The most evident challenges are the lack of service coverage, meaning that services are largely centralised. There is insufficient stock and heavy reliance on external donors for products, insufficiently trained workforce to meet the demand, no formal ‘mobility device technical roles’ to look into maintenance and no coordinated services.”
05 Jul 2020 10:02
120 Children Get New Wheels
Fiji Disabled People’s Federation president Joshco Wakaniyasi (on wheelchair) with Frank Hilton organisation staff, (From left) Jope Liloma (wheelchair technician), Sylvina Reddy (physiotherapist), Sureni Perera (chief executive officer), Anasavaia Navara (community rehabilitation assistant) and Priyansha Chand (physiotherapist). Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The Frank Hilton Organisation (FHO) has assessed 130 children under the Mobility Device Service programme and fitted 120 of them with proper wheelchairs in accordance with the World Health Organisation guidelines.

The organisation received a donation of 70 wheelchairs, 30 Motivational moti-stats as well as spare parts and repair kits worth US$22,500 (FJ$48,487.50). The pediatric mobility devices were donated from their international charity partners Consolidating Logistics for Assistive Technology Supply and Provision (CLASP) and Motivation Australia.

Organisation physiotherapist Sylvina Reddy said: “In Fiji there are many challenges concerning mobility devices and especially devices for children with disabilities.

“The most evident challenges are the lack of service coverage, meaning that services are largely centralised. There is insufficient stock and heavy reliance on external donors for products, insufficiently trained workforce to meet the demand, no formal ‘mobility device technical roles’ to look into maintenance and no coordinated services.”

Mobility services has been a challenge for many and the organisation was grateful to the partnership and provision of quality assistive products that would improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities in Fiji.

Fiji Disabled People’s Federation president Joshco Wakaniyasi said that the services provided from such organisations was one that is very much needed and needs a lot of support.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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