STEP, an acronym for [S]upport [T]ools [E]nabling [P]arents, is a project that was initiated following observed competence-gap in skills, training, and support tools for fieldworkers. The Goal of STEP is to improve the quality of care, quality of life, functioning and participation of children with neurological disorders such as CP.
The Project was implemented in the Lake Victoria Region (Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya), as well as Cameroon. The pilot phase was finalized by September 2019. STEP was not a ‘new’ programme but rather a different approach to use on the ground and to do things better with children already enrolled. The Project was meant to prepare a pool of master trainers in each country of operation to ensure the implementation of a Training of Trainer (ToT) process.
The goal of TOT is to give new trainers with knowledge and skills so that they should:
Field workers in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) often have limited educational background and access to specialized courses. As a result, they lack experience and skills to effectively advise on intervention processes and to guide families.
With the STEP project we aim to improve the quality of interventions, including assessment, planning and practice. The project was a two-year pilot that started in May 2018 in Cameroon, North Uganda, North-East Kenya and Tanzania.
In Tanzania, The pilot was coordinated by KCBRP in collaboration with 4 Partner Organizations namely CBR Lweru, St Nicholous Disabled Centre, Sengerema Designed District Hospital (DDH) and CBIDO-Kagera.
With the STEP project, the Liliane Foundation wants to develop new methods and tools that will improve the quality of care, quality of life and functioning of children with neurological disorders. A precondition is that these methods are evidence based and adapted to the materials and possibilities of the regions concerned.
Within the first year of the pilot, the following steps have been taken to support field workers:
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