KEY INFORMANT METHOLODOGY

KIM is a Community based approach in which identification is done through Participatory process. It is an approach to identify children with disabilities, by identifying and training volunteers from the community. Key Informants (KIs) are people who live and know their community very well through their occupational/social roles (like teachers, members of union council etc) who are likely to know about children with blindness or severe visual impairment or other conditions in question, e.g. deafness, epilepsy etc. These are likely to be reliable informants and most importantly willing to contribute their time.

Children identified with disability are provided on site treatment and support services via the health service providers from the concerned departments respectively at the organized KIM medical camps. Later in the second phase of the project they are also referred for treatment and rehabilitation to the referral points such as tertiary care hospitals and others centers.

KIM study is currently being tested and implemented in SialkotPakistan being funded by CBM. Disabilities to be identified are: hearing, visual, physical impairment and epilepsy. This methodology was also previously successfully tested in Bangladesh, funded by CBM and the study was successfully completed.

The project was successfully implemented in February 2011 and the response has been overwhelming.

 

Objectives in Pakistan

 

KIM study is currently being tested and implemented in SialkotPakistan being funded by CBM. Disabilities to be identified are: hearing, visual, physical impairment and epilepsy. This methodology was also previously successfully tested in Bangladesh, funded by CBM and the study was successfully completed. • Adapt KIM for a range of childhood disabilities (visual, hearing, physical & epilepsy) to be tested in Pakistan • Develop, pre-test and refine KIM for childhood disability (4 specific conditions & 1 generic tool) • Evaluate the effectiveness of using KIs to identify these children in Pakistan • Estimate prevalence and causes of specific conditions •

Complete report on Kim is available in CHEF Publications