Since 2010, volunteer physiotherapists have regularly been coming to Mati specially from Germany and also from Switzerland, Japan and USA for providing physiotherapy services especially to the PWDs based on their longer working stays. Children with clubfeet or hemiplegia, for example, are regularly looked after. In addition, many back patients, paraplegic or stroke patients are aslo included. They all cannot get any other therapy, as physiotherapy is relatively unknown or expensive in Bangladesh.
The volunteer physiotherapists stay usually 3-12 months, help in the office with research and gather data in the field. They conduct consultation and exercise sessions twice in a week in the MATI Cooperative primary health care center and occasionally in the surrounding villages, where everyone could come to them for treatment or medical advice. They also have a permanent patient base in Mymensingh, where they make daily house calls.
They try to arrange the treatments in such a way that the patients could continue the exercises on their own afterwards. Another part of their time they use to start educational projects for women and girls, because they noticed that often there is little knowledge about their body was present. Within the framework of this project they have regular, vivid lectures on topics such as physique, functions of our organs, back pain, menstruation and developmental steps of children.
In addition, they regularly go to the village of Huzurikanda, where they treat patients in general and accompanied the Day-Care-Center for children with disabilities of MATI Cooperative. Here they play, paint, sing, eat and laugh a lot together with the children and mothers. In this atmosphere they worked together with the mothers and the caregivers of the Day-Care-Center. They explain to them the different stages of development of children and children with disabilities, give them advice on how to deal with and care for them and perform physiotherapeutic exercises. They design the exercises in such a way that the mothers and caregivers could continue them independently.