26 Dec '11, 11am

Mercy Relief helps Palembang children

Mercy Relief helps Palembang children

PALEMBANG, Indonesia: Children with special needs in Indonesia's South Sumatra province are getting a helping hand from Singapore healthcare professionals. This is a project initiated by Singapore humanitarian group Mercy Relief. The project is so successful that it has been adopted by the provincial government, which has plans to expand the programme in 2012. The project saw physiotherapist such as Ms Thilaga Govindasamy imparting to parents and caregivers therapy skills, which are essential to improve a child's physical disabilities and stimulate mental growth. Their work in Indonesia's Palembang city began two months ago. Children here are already showing signs of progress. One parent of a child with special needs, Fatma, said: "He used to salivate a lot and wet his shirt. Now it has reduced." Madam Fatma is one of the 70 parents and caregivers in the pioneer group bein...

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