Exploration of community-based rehabilitation for children with neurological impairments following cerebral malaria in Blantyre, Malawi
Mboma, Sebastian Minongwa
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Background: Cerebral malaria (CM) kills up to 25% of its patients and about one third of its survivors develop neurological impairments (NIs). With advancements in diagnostic and management techniques for CM, more children are likely to survive. The increase in the number of CM survivors may increase the prevalence of children with NIs. In Malawi, rehabilitation for children with NIs is mostly institution-based with erratic community-outreach services, resulting in poor long-term outcomes. To date, community-based rehabilitation (CBR), a comprehensive rehabilitation approach that also addresses socio-economic impact of NIs and may supplement institution-based rehabilitation services, has not been well explored and documented. Presented here are experiences and perceptions on CBR programmes for NIs following CM in Blantyre, Malawi.