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Donald Fraser Hospital lies in the Vhembe district in the northern part of Limpopo Province. Vhembe is called the Land of Legend because of the fascinating culture of the Venda people who live here and its many historic and sacred heritage sites. Vhembe has areas of dramatic mountainous scenery and vast tracts of wilderness. Donald Fraser Hospital is situated 30km north of Thoyandou, the main town in Vhembe. There are a high number of children with disabilities in this area but the reasons for this are not clearly understood. The rehabilitation therapists working in this area, though few in number are keen and enthusiastic. These therapists are responsible for treating the children with cerebral palsy but none of them have specialised in working with children with cerebral palsy.

Our first intervention visit to Donald Fraser hospital took place in March 2011. During this project we worked very closely with the local Donald Fraser therapists who formed part of our team, working alongside the Malamulele Onward therapy volunteers. In this way, we were able to pass on clinical skills in a very practical and “hands on” way.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 13:46


Published in DONALD FRASER HOSPITAL Written by Gillian Saloojee

Thanks to funding from The Paige Project, we were able to complete a five day an intervention project to Donald Fraser Hospital in during the Easter school holidays in March 2011. A team of 9 Bobath/NDT trained therapists (Christa Scholtz, Andrea Fourie, Robyn Heesh (from Australia), Kirsty Williams, Ninette du Plessis, Marianne Viljoen, Catriona Bachmann (from Switzerland), Lindie Dalton and Gillian Saloojee) spent five days working with the local therapists in treating 30 children and training their caregivers in how to continue the programme at home. Daniel Meyer, orthotist and carpenter from Jeffrey’s Bay, also joined the team and showed us the new adjustable chair he has designed for children with CP - and it worked very well. Christa Scholtz’s son, Joubert was an invaluable volunteer – assisting Daniel, helping with videos and making equipment and Pippa White, the Malamulele Onward office manager joined the team as the official photographer. Lydia Ngwana and Marongwa Boikanyo, also from the Malamulele Onward staff, worked with the parents – making toys, offering support and advice and helping them to practice what the therapists were working on during the treatment sessions. As always, it was great week – lots of hard work matched equally by lots of fun. Thank-you to The Paige Project for funding this project.