Professional Assistance Center for Children with Cerebral Palsy Was Opened in Almaty.

Today, over 14 thousand children with cerebral palsy are officially registered in Kazakhstan. Each year more than 4 thousand new cases are diagnosed, meaning that every 84 children out of 100,000 suffer from this disease. Almaty and Astana have the highest cerebral palsy rate among Kazakhstan cities (150 and 125 cases per 100, 000 people under 14 years, correspondingly), while Atyrau (108.3 per 100, 000) and Zhambyl (107 per 100, 000) regions are the leaders among provinces.

This shows that cerebral palsy in children is an urgent problem for Kazakhstan, where there is no system of continuous, comprehensive and effective rehabilitation and early intervention. At the same time, one of the reasons leading to disability in children is the delayed diagnosing and, as the result, the delayed treatment and rehabilitation.

To radically change the situation, in June, a Center for Intensive Rehabilitation and Early Intervention for children diagnosed with cerebral palsy was opened in Almaty. The new center is designed to provide free assistance to children from 0 to 14 years old. It is planned that based on this establishment, a resource and educational center will be created later to train specialists in cerebral palsy from all over Kazakhstan.

The project is implemented with the financial support of Bulat Utemuratov’s Foundation, which allocated 330 million tenge. The foundation is well-known in Kazakhstan for its activity in support for children with autistic spectrum disorders and their families. Giving preference to a comprehensive approach to solving social problems, the foundation opened four resource centers for kids with autistic spectrum disorders. In these centers, children can be diagnosed and get professional rehabilitation, while their parents can receive the most up-to-date information about the disorders and ways of social adaptation for their children. To implement this project, renowned businessmen Bulat Utemuratov contributed 12 million US dollars and the project goes on.

Bulat Utemuratov’s public activities are not limited to helping children through his foundation. For over 10 years he has been running the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation, promoting this sport in the country, while through the Verny Capital holding company he took part in the restoration of Narhoz University and the development of British Haileybury Schools.