Sri Lanka Goes Green for CP - World Cerebral Palsy Day 2019
Sri Lanka ‘moved as one’ for World Cerebral Palsy Day in 2019. Joining the global #GoGreen4CP movement, twenty five districts held island-wide CP celebrations with MJF Foundation, marking the day to recognise the estimated 40,000 children and adults living with CP in Sri Lanka. Cakes were cut, trees were planted, yoga mats used and best of all, there was hope, joy and balloons with too many smiles to count. The MJF Foundation and NCCCPDD works with partners to raise awareness and take action to ensure that people with CP and their families have the same rights, access and opportunity as everyone else.
Representing Sri Lanka, the MJF Rehab team of 5 therapists attended SAARC Symposium, held in Kolkata in 2019. This was the first conference to implement training on the early detection of CP and early intervention using the LEAP-CP program “Learning through Everyday Activities with Parents” across the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries. With local coordination by the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IISP), the event attracted over 70 attendees both in person and via teleconferencing. As a result of their performance at the symposium and in recognition of their ongoing support to children with disability and especially Cerebral Palsy, the organisers at SAARC provided a grant worth € 170,000 to further research in CP in Sri Lanka.