Rehabilitation Center Opened in Aden [Archives:1998/21/Health]

May 25 1998

At a cost of $106,000, a training and rehabilitation center for disabled people was opened last week in Aden. The project is jointly funded and implemented by the EU, the British Embassy in Sanaa and the Glaxo-Welcome drug company, in cooperation with the international CARE organization and the Society for Rehabilitating the Disabled in Aden.
The launch ceremony was attended by the Deputy Governor of Aden, Mr. Waheed Ali Rasheed; the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy, Mr. David Pearce; the head of the CARE organization in Yemen, Mr. Tim Kennedy and a representative of the Glaxo-Welcome company.
“During the first stage, the center will concentrate on children with cerebral palsy,” says Dr. Salah Salim, the center’s director, “because this particular group needs close care and attention.” The center provides various types of physiotherapy and training facilities. “We also aim to train and educate the parents of such children on the best possible means to help their affected kids,” added Dr. Salim. “We distributed more than 1,000 booklets to families with cerebral palsy children.”
A field survey conducted by the center indicated that there are 60 cases of cerebral palsy in Sheikh Othman and Dar Saad, in addition to the 40 cases that already visit the center regularly.
Ridhwan Al-Saqqaf,
Yemen Times, Aden