There is no Child Development Community Centre available in Peshawar or indeed in KP, to our knowledge. AKI therefore fills more than a purely Physiotherapy role in working with families who have disabled children. To offer a service that looks at the whole child in the family social and environmental context we need to be flexible in our approach and we need to have support staff working with us.
For example: without our appliance officers and carpenters we would not be able to give help to the child at home in the many postural aids we recommend. This is a very cost effect solution to an otherwise expensive problem. There are many areas where we have used local materials to design local solutions to problems that would, in other parts of the world, have highly expensive solutions. Children grow out of aids and with our methods we can afford to replace chairs and trolleys and standing frames. When people travel for 5 to 6 hours to reach us I think maybe the cook is one of the most important person the family might meet that day!
Our staff numbers and diversity in experience reflect the approach of AKI takes to working with disabled children in the community.
As our case load has increased over the years we have employed more staff. We have been fortunate that we were able to employ four newly graduated DPT Physiotherapists from Khyber Medical University’s in 2014. They were the first graduates, at this level of qualification, in the Province of KP. They joined our three degree Physiotherapists and two diploma Physiotherapists. Our continuous education program for all our staff allows us to develop a good team approach to the assessment and therapy planning for our children.