The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes that disability arises from the combination of impairments and barriers that "hinder full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others". The impairments can include "long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments" whilst the barriers can be attitudinal or environmental. Disability has long been regarded as a social issue, requiring social responses. A person with disability may need assistance - formal or informal - to fully participate in society.
Sruthitharangam (Cochlear Implantation Scheme) intended to provide free surgery to children in the age group of 0-3 years, who are suffering from deafness. The early identification and intervention procedures initiated within six months of age should be the golden standard for the holistic development of a child with hearing loss.Cochlear Implant are proven options for the treatment of profound hearing loss. Over 2,00,000 people have been implanted world wide.
Cancer remains a leading cause of mortality in Kerala. Among children, though many types of cancer are curable today, the treatment is often prolonged and expensive. The patients and their families therefore face a dilemma -- the painful choice of cost versus care. Several families abandon treatment mid way, which also contributes to the high mortality rate. As per the estimate of Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, there are 800-850 new pediatric cancer patients every year.
“Thalolam” intended to provide free treatment to children below the age of 18, who are suffering from Kidney diseases,Cardiovascular diseases,Cerebral Palsy,Brittle Bone Disease,Haemophilia,Thalassemia,Sickle Cell Anemia,Orthopaedic deformities and other Neuro- Developmental Disabilities,Congenital anomalies( Endosulphan victims) and accident cases which needs surgery.The scheme has come into effect from 01-01-2010 onwards.