People in poor communities are more likely to be disabled than those living in wealthier parts of the world. One of the main reasons is because they are at a much greater risk of diseases or conditions that can cause disability due to adverse living conditions. Furthermore, people living with disabilities in developing countries often do not get the healthcare or medical support they need - such as physiotherapy, a hearing aid, a wheelchair or surgery.
We work in some of the world’s poorest places to prevent and treat conditions that cause disability, and to support people with disabilities to access the medical care they need. As mental health conditions are among the leading causes of disability and ill-health worldwide, improving access to mental health treatment and support is an essential part of this work.
Gift of Knowledge helps to improve health by:
£Treating diseases, conditions or injuries that could lead to disability
Improving access to mental health services and support
£Training specialist doctors, nurses and healthcare workers
Providing rehabilitation and physiotherapy
£Helping to equip hospitals and improve healthcare systems
£Providing assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches or hearing aids
People in poor communities are much more likely to be disabled than those living in wealthier parts of the world. One of the main reasons is they are at much greater risk of diseases or conditions that can cause disability.