Enabled is a community development organisation working in Northern India.
Our team of doctors, community health workers, disability therapists and development professionals introduce and establish quality care in some of the world's most remote communities.
The geographical challenges of working in this isolated region can seem overwhelming, however, through a passionate commitment to the value of each person, and to the establishment of a sustainable and collaborative model of care, Enabled is discovering a way forward.
With one of the highest populations on earth, India spends less per person on health care than any other country in the world, despite having some of the world's most significant health needs. Access to healthcare for people with disabilities is virtually non-existent and is of particular concern.
In India's rural villages, a lack of resource or infrastructure is only part of the issue. In many places traditional taboo can prevent members of a higher caste from association with a Dalit (an untouchable), a widow, or someone with a disability. Sometimes it is even forbidden to eat, drink, or share proximity with them. There can be an active disregard for those who suffer due to the belief that difficult situations are a consequence of supposed transgressions in a past life. Unfortunately, this often contributes to entrenched stigma and disadvantage.
Enabled works in this complex environment to respectfully empower the local community to consider an alternative response to their challenges, while also offering support, practical care, and a restoration of dignity for all people regardless of race, religion, caste or disability status.