CHILD AUTISM PROJECT
Burkina Faso: in activity
The latest statistics released by the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases indicated the prevalence of autism in one child in 68 in the United States in 2012.
Contrary to popular belief, autism is not a mental illness but a disability. An Opinion Way 2010 study revealed that only one in three French doctors know how to correctly diagnose autism. Similarly, one in four doctors still equate disability with psychosis, while it is defined by the High Authority of Health as a neurodevelopmental disorder. If ignorance persists in France, in parts of Africa, autism is considered a disease related to the supernatural, to witchcraft, and people find themselves in situations of exclusion or at risk. According to OMS, there are tens of millions of people with autism in Africa. These children with an emotionless face are suspected of communicating with spirits, and of wanting to harm their families. OMS also notes the fact that too many autistic children in Africa are kept at home without care.
The SEMAFO Foundation is involved in helping children by supporting parents in this little-known disorder. The Executive Director accompanied by a volunteer, Ms. Annie Thibault, visited the Les Victoires clinic and provided training for stakeholders and parents. At the end of this activity, people were appreciative of the advice from the specialist as well as the specialized equipment received from the Foundation. The following daily changes were noticeable in children.
- Stay of 5 weeks by a speech therapist who offer her services to the Schools for Persons with Autism (EPSA) and in 5 schools in the Eastern Region and Mouhoun (2016-2017)
- Donation of specialized equipment to EPSA and schools to support their intervention (2016-2017)
- Donation of miscellaneous supplies and soft toys (2015-2016)
- Donation of a color printer and ink cartridges (2015)
- 23 autistic children impacted through the Aid Association for people suffering from Autism (3A) (2014-2015)
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