Zero Project 2019/20
Amar Seva Sangam is an NGO working in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. They have developed an app where community rehabilitation workers can access support and guidance from rehabilitation specialists. Amar Seva Sangam has trained 1800 existing community rehabilitation workers in rural areas to provide early intervention therapy to children aged 0-6 at home. This addresses gaps in provision in rural areas and ensures children receive quality therapies. Their next step is scaling the project across the state with the support of local government in 2019-20.
Over 47,000 children have been screened for delayed development.
Over 2,000 caregivers have been supported, with 74 per cent reporting decreased strain and 62 per cent having improved interactions with their children.
Over 1,100 children have received early intervention therapy
Funding from the government of Tamil Nadu and Grand Challenges Canada in 2019–2020 will expand the programme to 2,100 additional children; and further government funding will allow other NGOs to scale the programme across the state.
The project’s ultimate aim is to cover all children with developmental disabilties living in rural Tamil Nadu (estimated at 54,000) by 2030.
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