Children's Rehabilitation Unit (CRU)

The Children's Rehabilitation Unit (CRU) was established in 1986 to serve the needs of disabled children in Harare and surrounding provinces.

The unit, which forms part of the Harare Children’s Hospital complex, provides therapy and support services to over 800  disabled children and their families annually. In keeping with the concept of community-based rehabilitation, the unit has a well-developed outreach programme through which teams of therapist visit 13 high-density suburbs of Harare at least once per month and deliver free rehabilitation services to disabled children and caregivers at community level.

While many programmes for disabled children focus on purely medical aspects of disability, the CRU, as a result of lessons learned from 30 years experience of working with childhood disability in Zimbabwe, has a holistic approach to programming which seeks to address the felt needs of these children and their families. This approach is based on evidence that the birth of a severely disabled child has profound and pervasive effect on the social and economic well being of the entire family.