United Aid for Azerbaijan (UAFA)

Early Intervention Protocols Development

To institutionalise UAFA's field work on early intervention for children with disabilities and developmental delay into a set of evidence-based guidelines for primary health care providers and medical specialists, and bring this issue to the attention of society through public awareness actions.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 January 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 December 2011

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Situation

Treatment for disability and developmental delay focuses more on medical treatment, treating children as sick who can be 'cured'. This is as a result of the prevailing post-Soviet medical model of care. Consequently, many children lose these valuable early years due to lack of understanding about their needs for physical, cognitive and social development. This can compromise their inclusion to education services as they get older, to employment and independence in later life.

Solution

Early Intervention services begin at the point of entry to the medical system, beween 0-3 years particularly, and take a holistic approach to the child's need for physical, mental and social development. This project will develop a set of guidelines for primary health care providers and other specialists so that they have clear procedures on recommending non-medical services and, most importantly, begin intervention as young as possible so that a child can maximise his/her potential.