Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the term used for a group of non progressive disorders of movement and posture caused by abnormal development of, or damage to, motor control centers of the brain. CP is caused by events before, during, or after birth. It is the most common physical disability in childhood.
Despite substantial improvements in obstetric and neonatal care, the worldwide prevalence of cerebral palsy has remained stable at 2 to 3 per 1,000 live births for more than 40 years. Cerebral Palsy remains a significant health problem. The number of people affected by Cerebral Palsy has increased over time. Almost 17 million people around the world have Cerebral Palsy and there are nearly 1.5 – 2 million children and adults with Cerebral Palsy in United States (United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) Foundation). 10,000 babies and infants are diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy annually in United States. 34,000 with Cerebral Palsy in Australia.
In Sri Lanka, there are an estimated number of 40,000 children and adults with Cerebral Palsy. There are many undetected cases.
Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF) is the first and the only organization for children with Cerebral Palsy in Sri Lanka. It was started with an objective to provide educational and therapeutic services for children with Cerebral Palsy and associated movement disorders. It was started in 6th October 2011 at 7 Captain Kelum Rajapakse Mawatha, Wattala.
“The Dream” center is the resource center of Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF) started with the aim to provide special education and therapy (Physio, Speech and Occupational) for the children with Cerebral Palsy in Sri Lanka. At present, we have two centers one in Wattala and other one in Moratuwa and will soon start the third center at Battaramulla. The mission of CPLF is to start at least one such center in each district of Sri Lanka to help these children in their localities.