The mission of Inspire2Care is to strenghten community-based healthcare for mothers, children and people with a disability, door to door, in all the villages of Nepal. Inspire2Care accomplishes its goals with an integrated approach:
- Strengthening maternal and child healthcare
Karuna improves the existing healthcare systems and trains local health workers. Due to timely diagnoses, prenatal check-ups, institutional deliveries, vaccination and timely treatment of infections, up to 70% of all congenital disabilities can be prevented. Mothers, infants, young children and women of reproductive age are the target group.
- An improved quality of life for each person with a disability
To improve the quality of life for every person with a disability, a development plan is made and implemented with attention to all components of the WHO Community Based Rehabilitation-matrix: healthcare (including specialised care), education, livelihoods, social activities and empowerment. We give extra attention to children with a disability.
- Mobilisation of local funds and independent continuation of the activities
Before Inspire2Care starts in a village, Karuna sets the condition that the Municipality allocates part of the budget for development to Inspire2Care. For 2,5 years, a cost-sharing mechanism between the Provincial government, the Municipality (Palika), and Karuna Foundation. After 2,5 years, the community is fully self-reliant and continues the activities with its own resources.
- Training and strenghtening local leadership
Through training, capacity building and empowerment we inspire local leaders to take responsibility for the programme. A Village Development Rehabilitation Committee (VDRC) is established and a Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Facilitator is appointed and trained. Together they organise the improved preventive care, rehabilitation and inclusion of people with disabilities.
- Advocacy for equal rights
Karuna influences and works together with local, district and national authorities and with (inter)national governments to make healthcare policies inclusive. We draw the attention of governments to their obligation to fulfil the rights incorporated in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
- Raising awareness for respect and inclusion
Karuna inspires leaders, parents and health workers to embrace people with disabilities. Every village establishes a Child Club for children and youngsters with and without disabilities. Together, they use wall paintings and street theatre to draw attention to social issues, breaking taboos and educating the community that people with disabilities can contribute to society in a positive way.
See the video below in which Deepak Sapkota, director of Karuna Nepal, explains the Karuna approach.