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COD launch of the BAND project, in partnership with HP East Africa

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  The Chariots of Destiny Organization (COD) partnered with HP East Africa to launch a project   called "Bags of a New Destiny"(BAND).This first of its kind project aims to provide education   and information to persons living with a spinal cord injury so as to enable them to live a   productive life post-injury.

  When somebody sustains a spinal cord injury (SCI), they will need anything from three   months to a couple of years of rehabilitation in a hospital before they are ready to go back   into normal life. This rehabilitation will teach the person how to manage the physical aspects   of their disability, such as bladder and bowel function, use of a wheelchair and other   assistive devices, and pressure care, as well as giving them resources to address issues   such as independent living and employment.  As a developing country, Kenya does not have

the resources necessary to provide a high level of rehabilitation in government hospitals. COD has a role to play in improving the quality of the care offered in government hospitals and in providing resources to both the patients and the caregivers involved in the rehabilitation process.

The bag contains samples of healthcare products needed to manage quadriplegia or paraplegia such as catheters. It also contains information on spinal cord injury and its consequences, coping with mobility impairment, reading manuals, journals, CDs and DVDs, information on the rights of persons with disabilities, and most of the necessary information needed to learn how to live with a spinal cord injury.

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