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Disabled Children in a Society at War: A casebook from Bosnia

Disabled Children in a Society at War: A casebook from Bosnia
144 pages

Authors
Hastie, Rachel

Publication date
01 Jan 1997

ISBN
9780855983734

Publisher
Oxfam GB

Series
Oxfam Development Casebooks

Type
Book

This casebook analyzes the lessons for working with disabled children learned from a programme initiated by Oxfam at the height of the civil war in Bosnia. Disabled children in Former Yugoslavia were traditionally cared for in centralized institutions which were run by State-paid 'defectologists'. When State services began to break down under pressure of war, Oxfam assumed responsibility for one such centre in Tuzla. The emphasis of the centre gradually evolved from the provision of clinical services to the integration of the children into the local community - an alternative approach now regarded as a model for other programmes.

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