In November 2016 we were in Kiev, Ukraine hosting a Regional Forum event: "Perspectives from multiple sectors working with children with disabilities in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine". This was an innovative event that brought together a small group of professionals from different sectors in each country, with the aim of sharing experience and regional approaches to addressing the rights and needs of children with disabilities. It provided a unique opportunity to share innovations in health and social services, inclusive education, advocacy and partnered working between civil society organisations and local Government in each country. Participants included medical providers, education specialists, civil society organisations, advocates and representatives from local Government.
The programme included presentations from each partner organisation in which they shared their local expertise in several key areas related to child disability including Early Intervention, paediatric palliative care for children with severe disabilities and community-based services for children with special needs. There were also additional presentations on topics such as partnered working between civil society and government, disability-related advocacy and parent engagement.
The meeting was hosted by HealthProm in collaboration with local partners the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (Belarus), Partnerships for Every Child (Moldova), and the Charity Fund Early Intervention Institute, Kharkiv (Ukraine). We are grateful for the support of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum which made this event possible.
HealthProm's Programme Development Adviser, Lauren Foster Mustardé, addresses participants.