According to World Health Organization, Rehabilitation and habitation are instrumental in enabling people with limitations in functioning to remain in or return to their home or community, live independently and participate in education and civic life.
Mobility appliances are a matter of equity for PWDs as they facilitate their access to education, work and social life, increase their independence and enhance their participation in their communities.
However, in many low-income countries where Uganda is among, only 5%-15% of people who require assistive devices and technologies have access to them. This means that over 90% of Ugandan children and youth with Cerebral palsy who require mobility appliances cannot access them.
Most mobility appliances are imported, expensive and not suited to the local environment (poor roads and terrain). As such, they wear out very fast and cannot easily be repaired especially for people in rural areas.
Some of the children who need mobility appliances
To enhance the quality of life of children and youth with disabilities and their families by providing quality mobility appliances (wheelchairs), improving self-esteem and promoting inclusion in social life.
- Identify people with cerebral palsy in the community who need access to mobility appliances
- Assess and procure tailor made mobility appliances to selected people with cerebral palsy
- Provide suitable mobility appliances to people with cerebral palsy.
- Identify and refer those who need additional services where applicable