Health and social care services

We will address the lack of free quality health, and education, and livelihoods services for children and adults with learning disabilities, autism, and other special needs by establishing and operating community based inclusive centres and activities in rural areas and urban slums.

Apasen International will work with local NGOs to establish and operate quality services for vulnerable children and young adults, and their parents and carers, who have little or no access to support or specialised services.

We will adopt a comprehensive approach that ensures every individual has a person centred plan and health action plan that identifies their health, educational, and other needs. We will meet their needs by establishing and operating community based centres and home support to provide a range of specialised services. These will include: specialised education and training, fully supported day care and respite, daily and weekly therapies, behaviour management, recreational and leisure activities, and home care training for family caregivers.

We will also support local partners to set up vocational training centres to build and develop the confidence of young people with special needs to pursue a livelihood and generate an income.

Where available, we will increase referrals and uptake of free government services – for instance at the new child neurodevelopmental disability centre at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital in Dhaka or Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.