As some of you might know, we have been working hard
to bring BDA Therapy (Biomechanical Developmental Approach) to South Africa after returning from Europe in 2015. BDA is a home based therapy that parents are taught to use on their kids at home. In South Africa many severely disabled children live in rural areas that are not serviced by expert therapists. These kids and their families suffer with so much. Many are bed ridden and in constant pain with deformities such as hip dislocations and scoliosis. BDA can help bring relief.
As you know having a disabled child is costly, especially if you live in South Africa. In order for BDA to be successful the families should attend a course every six months in order to assess the progress of the child and adjust the exercises. We have noticed that a significant number of families who came last year in September could not afford the six-month follow-up. This is heart-breaking considering how much these parents had already invested to help their kids.
In order to help these families attend, we started a Not-for-profit company to enable us to raise funds to help these families to stay in the programme. We are also very keen to ensure the sustainability of the programme by doing a case, control study.
It is my hope that you would help me raise funding so that we can financially support these follow-up families. This would ensure progress for their children and help me complete a study to present to the medical insurance companies.
Dr Erika Drewes
Director Connective Tissue Research Foundation