Help spinal cord injury patients get access to physiotherapy by SAMUHA

by SAMUHA
Help spinal cord injury patients get access to physiotherapy

Impact

Every monthly donation helps more patients like Mallappa get physiotherapy

Mallappa's life came crashing in front of his eyes after he broke his back during a train accident. Having injured his spinal cord, he was bedridden and could no longer move or perform any basic tasks independently. Ridden with wounds and bed sores, he luckily found out about Samuha's spinal cord rehabilitation unit and enrolled himself at their center for 3 months.

While at the center, the staff focused on strengthening his upper body and stretching his lower limbs through balance activities, gait training, bowel and bladder management, and ADSL management. After undergoing physiotherapy and counseling for 3 months at the Samarthya SRC, he has finally recovered from his wounds and has learned adaptive techniques that help him accomplish day to day tasks.

From being completely dependent on his mother to performing all his daily living activities by himself in his wheelchair, Mallappa has come a long way.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Therapy
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Young men in the age group of 20 to 35 suffering from spinal cord-related injuries are given therapy and counseling at Samuha's Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre for three months. These men, being at the prime of their age go through severe mental trauma owing to their increased dependence and reduced earning capabilities.

Samuha runs a residential center for these men and provides them with therapy as well as counseling. The program is typically run for three months for each beneficiary, but depending on their improvement, the stay can be extended by a month.

Even after getting discharged, the beneficiaries are recommended to come back for 10-day camps that are held once in 4-5 months for physiotherapy and general check-up.

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About The NGO

SAMUHA
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SAMUHA

SAMUHA' derives its name from a Sanskrit word, which means an organized group or society. This reflects their ideology that "development is best sustained when undertaken through group processes ".They work with vulnerable people to improve their quality of life within defined periods of time.

Their mission is "To Improve the Quality of Vulnerable People within Defined Period of Time". Based out of Koppal, the Samarthya wing of Samuha works specifically with the differently-abled in Karnataka and was awarded the State Award for Organisations by the Directorate of Disabled and Senior Citizens Empowerment.

They are supported with 150 Full-time staff, 5 Volunteers and 46 Consultants, who work on implementing a plethora of projects ranging from the Early Intervention Centre and Mobility Aids workshop to their screening camps and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Centre. Samarthya works across 352 villages in the Koppal and Raichur districts of Karnataka, impacting the lives of over 3700 differently-abled people every year.

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Naranyanswamy M.

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Rehabilitation | differently abled

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Karnataka

SAMUHA has

provided a range of rehabilitation services to 2816 poor people with disabilities

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2014: 2012 ICICI Foundation and CNBC-TV18's Inclusive India Awards

2017: Strong Delivery Capability & High Financial Proficiency

2017: Guidestar Gold Transparecy Award

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

reporting
Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Program Updates

Program Updates

23 March, 2021

Nandi Social rehabilitation centre for Spinal cord Injuries

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The Naandi Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center (NSRC) is located on a peaceful campus close to NH-50 near Hosuru cross, Koppal district. Whether the client was recently discharged from the hospital after a recent incident or the condition is long-standing, our program is designed for clients with diagnosed spinal cord injuries who need rehabilitation. Project operates a short term residential facility – Nandi Social Rehabilitation Centre (NSRC) for people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) with objective “to promote social inclusion of persons with spinal cord injuries to enable and empower them to become contributing members of the society”. People with spinal cord injuries face a lot of problems due to lack of mobility appliances, skills to adapt, inaccessible environment, further they also suffer from many physical discomforts like pressure sores and psychological conditions like depression; hence NSRC aims and structured rehabilitation based on individual need at the facility to enable and empower them with information, therapy physiotherapy, paramedical support, independent living skills, aids and appliances environmental adaptations and linkage with social security benefits. The facility can be availed by 15 men per batch for up to three months. Samuha disability Community based rehabilitation (CBR) program continued therapeutic service in Kalayana Karnataka region with 125 SCI people. Totally 33 people got residential therapeutic training in NSRC and 24 went back to their native place with full of confidence of completion of three months residential training and 9 will be continued the services in the training center. Equipments support for 42 clients and 50 equipments such as wheel chair, walker, calliper, splints, crutchs and etc.. Medical support for 22 SCI SCI clients like 40 dressing kits, 40 urinary kits and 20 CIC kits and 58 medical kits support for 58 clients. Dr.Prasad, visited NSRC regularly and supports SCI people for their medical needs. Dr.Shivakumar Sajjan, Asst. Professor o KIMS Koppal regularly supported SCI people for wounds management, Bowel and bladder management and cathedra. Spinal cord injury day celebration: - Spinal cord injury day was celebrated at NSRC on 24th September-2020. Totally 64 people were participated. In occasion Mr.Santosh Keloji, Industrialist inaugurated the program. Mr.Ramnna choudki member of Jilla Panchayath, Imalappa district disabled welfare officer, Dr.Shivakumar Sajjan assistant professor KIMS, Koppal Dr.J.S Ashwath kumar Munirabad, Sujatha Pattana sheety president of Inner wheel club were attended. Corona relief work:- • During the month of April 2020 with the support from APD Bangalore distributed 184 food kits for 184 PWD’s. The each kit was consisting of 1960/- and Total worth rupees 360640/-. • With the support from Give India cash deposited to Rs-4000/- for 226 PWD’s and got assistance of Rs-5000/- for 31 PWD’s. • During the month of July 2020 with the support from Carers worldwide UK the organization distributed 5830 masks, 3118 sanitizers and 1800 hand gloves, 432 Ayurvedic soaps, 50 N95 mask for Koppal Taluk ICDS staff, PHC staff, Asha workers, Gram Panchayath staffs, police staff, VRW’s and MRW’s, NGO staff, health workers and other corona warriors of Devadurga Taluk. • With the support from Srinivas Pandit a LIC Advisor of Koppal distributed 28 food grain kits for disabilities worth Rs.600/- and with the support from Koppal MP Mr.Sanganna Karadi distributed 71 food grain kits worth Rs.500/- for disabilities. • Indian Red Cross Society Koppal provided medical kit worth Rs.5000/- for NSRC. • Local farmers and other stakeholders donated food grains worth Rs.15000/- for NSRC.

5 July, 2020

Happy faces amidst the hardships

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Happy faces amidst the hardships

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In the last quarter, the total number of Spinal Cord clients supported in the communities was: 185. The total number of clients in our center was: 38. We have installed occupational therapy equipment in our Center. Our aids and appliances Team from Koppal fitted several wheelchairs, calipers, and walkers for the clients as well. We were able to purchase a tilt-table for usage in our center, with the support of SODA, our Canada-based overseas department. Bangalore based NGO Giftable India donated a minivan to us, which we will modify and start using for our clients/carers, as well as for guests visiting our center. An action plan by the Koppal municipal council was created for the need for cushion beds, wheelchairs, and other needed equipment. With the financial help of Olive Travers, one of our main overseas supporters, we were able to repair the damaged solar panel at our Center, making it run again. Our staff continued to visit communities to raise awareness about our Center and to encourage SCI affected families to get treatment. Our clients were continued to be educated about various government schemes and how to get access to them, like the UDID-cards and the IGP supports. We conducted several camps as well, one of them being a three-days short-stay camp at the RIMS Hospital Raichur, where SCI clients were treated and received counseling, as well as guidance on government schemes and how to access them. As part of the awareness program at our Center, German volunteer Parsa, together with the Director and several core staff members, raised awareness about the issues of unused plastic waste at our center, which used to be a visual and nasal disturbance to the clients and staff. Since then, waste is effectively separated and managed. On the occasion of Carers Day in February, Samarthya conducted a function at the main Koppal campus, which SCI clients and carers also took part in. In February, disabled role model Kumaresen from Tamil Nadu visited our Center and motivated the clients by talking to them and showing them his sports skills on the wheelchair. In early March, members of a Kalaburagi-based NGO visited our Center, where they were shown around by our staff and were shown the therapy and counseling techniques we use. In the wake of the Covid-19 disease spread, we are continuing to increase awareness among our staff members and clients to keep them healthy

19 November, 2019

Physiotherapy sessions being given

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Physiotherapy sessions being given

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22 July, 2019

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Program Update

The Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center (SRC) is located on a peaceful campus close to NH-13, near Hosuru cross. Whether the client was recently discharged from the hospital after a recent incident or the condition is long-standing, our program is designed for clients with diagnosed spinal cord injuries who need rehabilitation. New clients to our center are encouraged to participate in a Three-month camp to learn skills for self-care, SCI-specific exercise, and functional mobility. We incorporate many educational sessions with visits from a physician, nutritionist, and counselor. Additionally, various community members share their experiences and educate clients on vocational training options to help them participate in their communities and generate income for their families. Upon completion of the 3-month program, clients are encouraged to return for 10-day follow-up camps every 4-6 months to progress their exercise programs and receive support where needed. As client presentations vary greatly, our therapists will conduct a phone screening prior to initial intake to determine if a client is suitable for the program.

Story from the field

Sharanappa Hadapada a 49 year old male, his hometown is Byalihal belongs to Kushtagi taluka of Koppal district. He had a barber shop in village, due to lack customer, shop has shutdown. Presently Family’s livelihood is coolie. One day while sitting on compound wall, he fell down then his back got broken. Then he went to local hospital for treatment, but doctor referred him to a hospital in Karwara. He underwent for operation, but it was not successful in fixing the spinal injury due to which he is now on a wheel chair. When he initially approached Samuha Samarthya on December 2018, he was in poor state of health, was confined to bed entire day resulting in bedsores and had no sensation in his lower body. He was completely dependent on his family members for all the day-to-day activities. Samuha Samarthya operates a short term residential facility - Social Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) for people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) with objective “to promote social inclusion of persons with spinal cord injuries to enable and empower them to become contributing members of the society.” The staff at the SRC made a thorough assessment of Sharanappa Hadapada when he first approached us, so that a detailed intervention plan is drawn depending on his status and needs. Once enrolled, Sharanappa Hadapada underwent physiotherapy and was given a workout plan that gradually built his strength. Therapists focused on strengthening his upper body aside from training him with lower limb stretching, balance activity and gait. He was also trained in bowel and bladder management, skills in day-today management and given extensive counseling services. During the 3 months of residential training at the SRC Sharanappa Hadapada triumphed in resuming active status recovering from the incident, fighting physical and mental ailments, and has learned adaptive techniques to accomplish day-to-day tasks quite independently. He got sensation because of therapy. He is able to shift from bed to wheelchair and wheel chair to bed independently. Now he can walk with support of folding walker. In future he wants to open petty shop either ship rearing.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 59
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 231
Village/City/State where project is located Hosuru cross, Koppal
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 24
Total Expenses for the project YTD 90

30 October, 2018

SAMUHA's Update

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Program Update

  • Assessment and follow-up clinics providing clinical support, referrals for surgeries and medicines, treatment, counselling and rehabilitation in preventing further or mitigating effects of the disability.
  • Early intervention for Children with Disabilities (CWDs) screening, identification and providing treatment, therapy and functional skill training to aid to a better quality of life.
  • Promoting and strengthening Inclusive education for CWDs, providing support in special needs like mobility, communication, sign language, lesson adaptations in personal and environmental systems.
  • To enhance functional abilities, funds or resources are mobilized to provide aids and appliances suitable to the disability (ex. hearing aids, limbs, wheel chairs, tricycles, physiotherapy aids etc.).
  • Functional adaptation of homes is made through simple modification are made by adding railings, constructing ramps etc., to make PWD more independent.
  • Persons with Spinal Cord Injuries are rehabilitated by providing counselling, physiotherapy, paramedical support, training in independent living skills, aids and appliances, environmental adaptations and aid in accessing social security benefits through a structured approach, among others.
  • Short stay camps for children with deafness, Cerebral Palsy or multiple disabilities are periodically organised, aiming to deliver specific skills such as day-to-day disability management, sign language, speech therapy, and special education, easing their way into mainstream society.
  • Home based therapeutic services are provided to deaf children and young people, persons with Spinal Cord Injuries, mentally challenged, children with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities.
  • Vocational Training in horticulture, tailoring and craft is given to women with disabilities and care givers and supported with placement services.
  • Support to caregivers is given through counselling and skills training and forming support groups to ensure sustainable intervention,
  • Facilitate organized groups of care givers, PWDs self-help groups, deaf clubs, at Taluk/district/ state level federations and networks to advocate for the rights of PWDs.

Story from the field

Hanumantha is a 35 year old worker from Kothadoddi in the Deodurga taluk. Belongs to poor family. At the age of 30 he had an accident during his work time as an excavator loading sand into a truck fell over due to collapsing sand. Due to this his spine has been damaged severely and he spent 2 years sitting at home without being able to work until he discovered the offerings of the spinal cord injury. He was depressed due to absence of social life. Then our project identified him and asked him to attend the three months training in our center. He joined Spinal cord rehabilitation center, new clients to our center are encouraged to participate in a three-month camp to learn skills for self-care, SCI-specific exercise, and functional mobility. We incorporate many educational sessions with visits from a physician, nutritionist, and counsellor. Additionally, various community members share their experiences and educate clients on vocational training options to help them participate in their communities and generate income for their families. Upon completion of the 3months program, clients are encouraged to return for 10-day follow-up camps every 3 months to progress their exercise programs and receive support where needed. During his three month in the spinal cord injury he received training with the wheelchair and the caliper so that he now is able to move independently and participate in certain fields of work within his village. He now owns a wheelchair. During his training in the spinal cord injury he was informed about the available government schemes which led to him being able to get a two-wheel vehicle which significantly increased his mobility. He also gained access to a pension of 1400 rupees per month. The Functional adaptation department of Samarthya improved his living situation at home enabling him to use the restroom on his own. By now he is able to live in his village and support his family. He is very happy.

Expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19 350
Number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program this year 860

18 May, 2018

Samuha's update

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The facilities available during th/e period

  • Comprehensive clinical assessment, individualized rehabilitation plan, therapeutic services, mobility support (e.g. wheelchairs, cushion mats, callipers, crutches, walkers and waterbeds, etc).
  • Training in knowledge and skills on skincare, bladder and bowel care, bed mobility, balance, transfer from wheelchair to bed independently.
  • Practice hygiene, dressing and catheter usage.
  • Exercises for upper limb strengthening, trunk, balance and better mobility
  • Professional counselling and psychological therapy as needed.
  • Orientation on rights, Disability Acts in India and other entitlements.
  • Caregivers training programme to create support system in their homes. Achievements in 2017-18
  • 61 persons with SCI received services for three months each
  • FM Radio Station Hospet interviewed the wards to create awareness
  • 159 persons with SCI received home based rehabilitation services in Koppal and Raichur through CBR project
  • 21 IGPs support
  • 67 mobility aids provided

Malappa's story Mallappa, 30 is an agricultural labour from Chikkamageri of Koppal district, Karnataka. During March 2016, a wall fell on his back and injured his spinal cord.

After undergoing treatment at Hubli KMC hospital, hospitalisation for 1 month and aftercare at home the next 1 year and 6 months, his condition hadn't improved much. He was bedridden and suffered from bedsores. He was totally dependent on his mother for all his daily activities.

His family brought him to Samarthya's Social Rehabilitation Center (SRC) for persons with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) on14 November 2017. He was thoroughly assessed by the SRC staff and he underwent physiotherapy and exercised regularly. Focus was on strengthening upper body, lower limb stretching, balance activity and gait training; training for bowel and bladder management, daily living activities management. Further, Samarthya provided him with a caliper, folding walker and wheel chair increasing his movement, ensuring necessary adaptations were made at home meanwhile. He received counseling services and information regarding government schemes etc. during his stay.

Determined Mallappa and Samarthya staff succeeded in his fast recovery. Within 15 days he recovered from bedsores. He is now able to shift between bed and wheelchair and perform other daily living activities independentl. He is quite happy with his progress and services from Samarthya.