Providing A Wheelchair As Part Of Our Response to the Unmet Humanitarian Needs of The Most Vulnerable Conflict-Affected Populations in Mindanao (REACH) Project

7-year-old Abdul Khalid was a healthy baby boy when he was born but when he turned one, his mother, Salma, noticed that his legs started becoming weaker and thinner. Since then, Abdul Khalid’s parents have been preoccupied with attending to his special needs.

Because of his condition, he needs to be carried most of the time which limits his parents’ daily activities and sometimes holds them back in doing farm activities and other livelihood opportunities.

Last December 8, 2020, Abdul Khalid was one of the selected beneficiaries for the health mission conducted at Saguiaran Multipurpose Hall in Saguiran, Lanao del Sur. The activity was facilitated by Action Against Hunger together with the municipal health officer (MHO) and staff of the regional health unit (RHU).

Through the health mission, Abdul Khalid was granted with a wheelchair which was delivered on February 23, 2021 with the support and coordination of the MHO and the local government unit’s focal for health.

Upon receiving the wheelchair, Abdul Khalid’s father, Malic, expressed his gratitude for the health assistance. Because they no longer have to carry their son all the time, this will be a big help in carrying out their daily activities more efficiently, thus giving Salma and Malic more time to focus on their livelihoods and at the same time improving their son’s quality of life.

This health & protection intervention is part of our 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗻𝗺𝗲𝘁 𝗛𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗩𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘁-𝗔𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗼 (𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗖𝗛). The project is funded by the EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid – ECHO and is implemented together with CARE PhilippinesOxfam Pilipinas, and their local partners.

(Photo by Jonairah Alingan for Action Against Hunger)

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