Cerebral Palsy Society of Kenya (CPSK) is a charitable Organization working towards the improvement of the welfare of children/persons afflicted by CP in the Country. The Society was formed in 1994 by parents/guardians of these children and has remained steadfast in its endeavor to enable as many children as possible live more fulfilling lives.
To ensure that persons afflicted by cerebral palsy in Kenya are rehabilitated to enable them realize their full potential.
To offer the best support services through the provision of therapy, promotion of awareness and advocacy of appropriate measures to improve the welfare of persons afflicted by cerebral palsy in Kenya.
- Creation and enhancement of awareness among parents and the general public about Cerebral Palsy.
- Provision of therapy as well as medical, educational and counselling services for individuals disabled by C.P to enable them realize their full potential.
- Promotion of legislative policy and other measures to improve the welfare of C.P sufferers in Kenya.
Understanding Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a condition that affects muscle control and movement. It's usually caused by an injury to the brain before, during or after birth. Although someone who has CP has problems moving his/her muscles, this is not because there is something wrong with the muscles or nerves but because of problems in the brain.
Simply stated, “cerebral” refers to the brain, and “palsy” refers to muscle weakness and poor control. Although the brain itself will not get worse, people who have cerebral palsy will usually change over time. Sometimes they will get better, and some will stay the same. Occasionally they will get worse, usually because of changing muscle tone or development of joint contractures when no intervention is made.
There is currently no cure for cerebral palsy; however there are different treatment options for people who have cerebral palsy. These options include therapy, medications, surgery, education and support. By taking advantage of these treatments, people with CP can improve their function, minimize the development of complicating issues and optimize the quality of their lives.
CP does not have a single cause. An unborn child might have suffered an injury to the brain or had abnormal development of the brain tissue. These are called “prenatal” causes, meaning they happened before birth. These causes are responsible for about 70% of the cases of cerebral palsy. Another 20% of cerebral palsy cases are caused by a brain injury that takes place during the birthing process including low oxygen during delivery or complications of prematurity, 10% after birth up to the age of 6.
Common health problems associated with CP may include; drooling, poor nutrition, bladder dysfunction, constipation, respiratory issues, contractures, seizures, vision and hearing concerns, dental concerns. Mental Health Concerns including behavioral challenges, difficulties with emotional regulation, anxiety and depression may occur in individuals at puberty and adulthood.
Although cerebral palsy cannot be cured, treatment will often improve a child’s capabilities. Many children with cerebral palsy go on to enjoy near normal adult lives if their disabilities are properly managed. In general, the earlier that treatment begins the better chance the child has of overcoming developmental disabilities, or of learning new ways to accomplish the tasks that challenge