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State of Disability

Disabled persons constitute an alarmingly high percentage of the population in developing countries, especially in the Great Lakes Area. This area includes Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda , Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This high level of disability is a result of continuous state of social instability and warfare. Low per capita income makes comprehensive disability prevention and access to rehabilitation services a prohibitive proposition for disabled persons, their families and governments.

It’s only through massive resources mobilization-for financial and technical assistance from cooperation, developed countries, international donors’ e.t.c. that these services are visibly increased.

In the Great Lakes Region, services for disability, prevention and rehabilitation are still inequitable, inadequate and at times inefficient. There are an estimated eighty thousand (80,000) amputees in the great lakes region and 400,000 polio affected individuals in this area. In Uganda alone with a population of over 34 millions people, there are over 20,000 amputees.

The great challenge to the Great Lakes Rehabilitation Center is improving accessibility to orthopedic appliances, aids and assistive devices in a way that is affordable and sustainable, taking into account, the big number of patients (clients) involved.

In this regard, GLRC shall collaborate with the concerned Great Lakes Region Governments, International Development partners, Corporate bodies, donars, and concerned community organizations, to mobilize resources, and make optimal use of available resources to reach the greatest number of disabled persons in the most economical way.

The economical status of the majority of disabled persons is very low. They are located mainly in villages where they relocate as soon as disability strikes as they can no longer sustain them selves in towns and cities. In this state os disability, they often depend on support from the enlarged village family systems or sustain a very difficult solo village life. As most of the rehabilitation services are located in towns and cities, these services will not be accessible to them without special mobilization.

Rehabilitation medical services have not been a priority for most developing countries including those in the Great Lakes Region. Training and service funding has been inadequate. Most services are rendered by international charities and NGOs. These charities often come in for specific time limited programs. Once their funding and Contracts run out, they will often pull out without sufficient preparation for continuity. This leads to programs being restarted at great cost to the rehabilitation services and to the clients. Currently the rehabilitation services in the Great Lakes Region cover less than 20% of the required need.

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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