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GLRC is an indigenous charitable organization registered with registration number: s.5914/2628. it is also incorporated with the registrar of companies with registration number 79714. Its inception was due to realization that there are no indigenous rehabilitation organizations in Uganda in spite of the state of war and insurgence in the sub region.

It was mentored by World Rehabilitation Fund, Rotary Internaional and BMVSS India, Who combined efforts to start 2 rehabilitation centers in North Easter Uganda under the supervision of Dr. Wanume Kale(Uganda) and Dr. Ted Silver (WRF).

This organisation was born because it was realised that there were no indegenous rehabilitation organisation in the subregion in spite of the great need for rehabilitation srevices.

Rehabilitation services were rendered by international NGOs like the ICRS who would deliver services for a specified period of time and then leave at the end of their contracts.

Because of the high costs involved African Governments can not sufficiently cover costs for rehabilitation services because of other medical priorities like HIV/AIDS and malaria.

As an indegenous rehabilitation organisation we are more on the ground and permanent which is an important factor for continuity.

Great lakes Rehabilitation center has a rehabilitation team comprising of doctors, clinical rehabilitation officers, physiotherapists, orthopedic technologists, rehabilitation nurses, and other support staff.

Traning of the team was done by World Rehabilitation Fund ,UNDP, Rotary International, and BMVSS India. This included training at the rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the USA.

There are about 40,000 amputees and 400,000 polio affected individuals in the Great Lakes Area,. Rehabilitation services cover about 20% of the need. There are 15,000 amutees in Uganda where only 300 limbs are made per year.

The Great Lakes Rehabilitation center would like to expand services using any resources possible. Excess or used prosthetic and orthotic equipment and materials can be used if selected professionaly.

We make limbs using Jaipur, ICRC, Ottobock, or hybrids depending on the cases concerned and availability of materials.

An artificial limb costing in Uganda is $350.00. (three hundred and fifty dollar) or more. This includes workshop costs and materials, Transportation of client to and fom the village, food and lodging while at center, and one followup visit by the team.

We are also interested in partnering with big rehabilitation institutions for purposes of education and research.

Historical Note

In 1994, there was genocide in Rwanda. This was followed by an exodus of refugees and war injured victims to the then Eastern zaire, new Eastern Congo. World Rehabilitation Fund represented by Mr. Ted Silver, UNHCR and Dr. Wanume Kale established the 1st Rehabilitation program in Uvira town Eastern Zaire now Eastern Congo. This was the nucleus of Rehabilitation programs in the Great Lakes area.

PDG Don Short - Rotary Jaipur Limb (Left)
Mr. Ted Silver - World Rehabilitation Fund (Right)
Dr. Wanume Kale - GLRC (Center)
In 1998, World Rehabilitation Fund, Rotary International, Rotary Jaipur Limb Project, Rotary Kampala North, and Dr. Wanume Kale established the 1st Jaipur Limb workshop in Uganda, at Kumi Hospital, Eastern Uganda. In 2001, World Rehabilitation Fund, Rotary International, Rotary Jaipur Limb Project, Rotary Kyambogo, and Dr. Wanume Kale established the 2nd Jaipur Limb workshop in Uganda at Buluba Hospital near Iganga Town.

World Rehabilitation Fund and Rotary International, and Rotary Jaipur Limb Project have funded Jaipur Limb Training programs in Uganda in 1998 and 2001. Rotary Jaipur Limb Project has established Jaipur limb workshops in Arua, Lira, Kabale, and Bukoba.

Contact Information
Plot 955 Makindye Division,
Lukuli Road Ssekimpi Lane,
Kampala Uganda
Service Areas
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Age Group
Adults, Children
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