UNICEF Launches a New Project to Improve Support and Care for Children with Disabilities in Suzak District

The pilot project will cover around children with disabilities in four municipalities of Suzak district.

04 October 2023
The primary objective is to ensure that every child with disability has access to cost-effective, child- and family-centred services.
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan
The primary objective is to ensure that every child with disability has access to cost-effective, child- and family-centred services.

Jalal-Abad, October 4, 2023 - UNICEF is commencing a new project to trial an integrated approach in delivering diverse public services for children with disabilities. The project will be implemented in four municipalities within Suzak district in Jalal-Abad oblast. The primary objective is to ensure that every child with disability has access to cost-effective, child- and family-centred services.

The project will be executed in collaboration with the Ministries of Health, Education and Science, Social Protection, as well as local authorities, in support of the State Programme on Early Intervention in the Kyrgyz Republic for 2022-2024.

"We believe that when the government, communities, and families join forces for children with disabilities, it empowers the youngsters to attain their full potential, flourish in family environments, socially interact with peers, and evolve into active, equal members of society," says Cristina Brugiolo, the acting representative of UNICEF in Kyrgyzstan.

The project will encompass children under 8 years of age and their families residing in Suzak town, Tash-Bulak, Kyzyl Tuu, and Barpy municipalities.

As part of the initiative, UNICEF will collaborate with local partners to refine policies, improve infrastructure, and train professionals, such as teachers, healthcare workers, and social workers.

The pivotal aspect of the project is the establishment of transdisciplinary teams in each municipality, comprised of relevant experts, government representatives, private providers, and community organisations. These teams will strive to detect disabilities in children at an early stage and provide individualised support to them. Additionally, the teams will train and support caregivers, enabling parents to address their children's disabilities promptly.

"Meeting the needs of children with disabilities is of utmost importance to us. We intend to establish rehabilitation centres in each municipality in cooperation with investors and partners," asserts Mamataev Erkinbek, the deputy governor of Jalal-Abad oblast.

Children and adolescents with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan do not experience the same rights as their non-disabled peers, owing to challenges ranging from obstacles in accessing basic social services to disparities between legislation and implementation.

Suzak district boasts one of the highest numbers of registered children with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan. The district is home to more than 4,000 registered children with disabilities, which accounts for over half of the total number of children registered in the entire Jalal-Abad oblast. Only approximately 12 per cent of these children attend mainstream schools, and a mere 4 per cent are home-schooled.

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Kairatbek Murzakimov
Communications, Advocacy and Partnerships Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

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