Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects a large number of Zambian children.
Often, according to local beliefs, it is seen as "a punishment for wrongdoing by the child's family".
However, in Zambia as elsewhere, families dealing with a disabled child encounter numerous hardships, such financial insecurity when the mother is no longer able to work, a father with no interest in the problem and brothers and sisters who must sacrifice their education.
Fear of difference, ignorance and a lack of information mean that communities do not respond appropriately to the disorder. Furthermore, at present there is no clinic specialising in this type of disorder in Zambia. All too often, these children die due to a lack of care and attention.