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  • Disrupting Healthcare To Provide A Better Future For Children

    Published on November 6, 2020

    Many inadequacies in the Indian health care system have been exposed this year, and among those, the lack of care available for children living with disability is the most worrying. However, according to the Hindustan Times, this also presents an important opportunity. As eyes move to look at Indian healthcare and how it can improve, this opens a chance for healthcare providers to make real change to improve the challenge faced by children living with disability and their parents.

    Use of therapy
    A key aspect of this challenge is the availability of effective therapy. India has a complex relationship with effective healthcare, and this is true across a number of fields. The Indian Express recently highlighted this with relation to stroke,  which has caused long-term illness in people not matched with the right therapy afterwards. Similarly, long-term health conditions such as cerebral palsy can either become far more well managed through the use of  aquatic therapy and similar physical work that can help to improve physical resilience and stimulate brain activity.

    Broadening availability
    If that level of therapy can be made available, it’s important to ensure that people have equal and even access to it. This isn’t the case currently: the Tribune found that a group of children in Jalandhar were significantly disadvantaged by a lack of services, and that this had been highlighted in the impact on their education through home schooling. It’s excellent to be able to identify what needs children have in terms of care and therapy – it’s even more important to ensure these services are accessible.

    A lifelong solution
    These measures cannot stay in place exclusively during childhood. India also finds that its people living with disability are the first to be disadvantage during a crisis – the BBC explored the story of one family who were the first to  lose employment after closures of business this year. This impacts their ability to access healthcare and services even further, with expenditure such as a bus fare occasionally now too expensive.
    To properly care for children through their childhood and their adult life, a better policy needs to be put into place. India needs to prioritize and make access to proper evaluation of healthcare needs a fair process, and to make these services accessible too. Only then will children living with disability within India have the opportunity to make the most of their lives.