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About us

Our Story

Akbar Kare Institute is in its 10th year of operation. Its seed however was planted many years before in the mind of the mother of a young man with Cerebral Palsy. This man is Akbar Saifullah Khan and he is now 32 years of age. At the age of 3yrs his mother was introduced to a Paediatric Physiotherapist, Yvonne Frizzell. Newly arrived in Pakistan with her husband from UK, they became friends and Akbar was seen regularly by her for physiotherapy and for playtime with her own son and daughter. When Akbar was 8yrs, the Frizzell family left Pakistan. Six months later, Akbar joined them in Ireland and spent the next 13 yrs at school and at an adult centre living with the family.

These life changing events are rarely planned but through the years the two families have become firm friends and at 21yrs it was time for Akbar to return to Pakistan. Mrs Saifullah Khan knew it was now possible to fulfil her ambition of helping local disabled children. She invited Yvonne to join her in starting a Therapy centre to give children some of the opportunities Akbar had enjoyed in Ireland. Akbar Kare Institute is the result.

Akbar’s extended family, through the “Saifullah Foundation for Sustainable Development”, have funded and supported AKi allowing for its growth and development. This has fully enabled all physiotherapy, aids, adapted furniture, and some essential drug support to be provided free without any payment by children or their families. In many cases surgery has been essential and supported whilst being beyond the basic remit of the Organisation. The ethos of good care guides us.

Mission Statement

Akbar Kare Institute (AKi) has as its most important aim the improvement of the lives of children and their families who have lifelong disabilities due to Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida, irrespective of their wealth, class or creed. We do our best to do this in a respectful, consistent and friendly manner with all the participants in the activity – the child, carers and the AKi therapy team.

Akbar Kare is committed to increasing the understanding of these childhood disabilities within the wider medical community and the general population. We aim to do this by example of effective therapy using local resources with established International good practises, within our ability to access appropriate resources.

We are committed to the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of our staff. We recognise the need to expand and improve on the quality of service we can provide and we can only do this by our own growth of knowledge and the awareness of new research and therapy modalities. We endeavour to apply these ideals to local culture and with efficient use of available materials and funding.

Akbar Kare is committed to providing a sustainable service that uses local skills and solutions to the problems Pakistani disabled children encounter.

Akbar Kare recognises its responsibility to promote good practise amongst the medical community in the care of long term disabled children. We do this by cooperating and being actively involved with programs to promote education in our field of knowledge and skills.

Special Features

  • Advanced skills in wheelchair fitting for posturally challenged children. This clinic is held by AKi staff trained in accordance to WHO standards.
  • Modified Constraint Induced Therapy (mCIT) for children with unilateral involvement CP. This is a relatively new concept that AKi has been piloting and finding very successful in improving functional use for many children with hemiplegia. Later in 2015 we hope to offer a course at a national level using our experience to promote this area of therapy.
  • Reflex inhibiting casts Aki now routinely applies reflex inhibiting casts to children who have problems in keeping their heels down as they stand and walk. These are plaster of paris boots which help give a continuous stretch to the calf muscle over one week. This has been successful and prepares them for better fitting of permanent plastic casts provided by PIPOS and funded by ICRC.
  • Innovative equipment made at AKi has developed specific equipment for home use for a variety of issues and have the facility in the clinic to manufactured aids of our own design. We have two highly skilled technicians who work with the clinicians to make this cost effective and successful. This team work has worked particularly well as both clinician and technician has access to the child and both understand the underlying concepts of the problems. We are particularly proud of our trolleys for use by children with Spina bifida and our “horse” for use by children with diplegia. This is a type of CP where the legs get particularly stiff.

Our Services

  • 1. Differential diagnosis, where possible, through comprehensive physical assessment.
  • 2. Individual treatment plans for children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) or Spina Bifida designed in collaboration with the child and the family. Our treatment is based on the concepts of the Bobath NDT as recognised internationally and incorporated into our eclectic vision of the child.
  • 3. Free provision of aids such as special postural walkers, wheelchairs.
  • 4. Free provision of customised postural aids to suit the needs of the child such as - chairs, toilet seats, standing frames.
  • 5. Counselling and encouraging parents to see a child’s abilities and potential.
  • 6. Continuing training and education for parents / carers as the child grows and develops enabling them to best help their child achieve their potential.
  • 7. Computerised record keeping of data, history and tracking of progress for each child.
  • 8. Advocate for families and children to access other services, e.g. for the mother, antenatal care for subsequent pregnancies; for the child, access to an educational placement.
  • 9. Qualified teacher providing specialist teaching with the aim for eventual educational placement. This a service we aim to expand but due to space restrictions we have limited places.