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12/11/21

The Spotlight Series: Bob Jabbie

In this series of blogs Legs4Africa content volunteer Isatou speaks to some of our most influential friends in the Gambia to find out about the ways in which they are blazing the trail for a kinder and more inclusive society. This week Istou chats with Bob. Many of you will know Bob well as a key member of the Legs4Africa
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01/11/21

Spotlight Series: Muhammad Samasa

In the Spotlight this time is another familiar face; Administrative Assistant, local footballing legend and all round great guy Muhammed Samasa.
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22/10/21

Spotlight Series: Alieu Touray

In this series of blogs our content volunteer Isatou speaks to some of Legs4Africa’s most influential friends in the Gambia to find out about the ways in which they are blazing the trail for a kind and inclusive society. First up is someone who many of you will recognise, Alieu Touray. Mr. Touray is passionate about sharing his lived experience
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28/09/21

The Africa Kwetu Fuel Economy Tour

In this guest blog Amputee Self Help Network Uganda co-founder Charlotte talks about ASNU’s participation in a recent motorsport event. The Africa Kwetu Fuel Economy Tour is an annual four day (1000km) competitive track race to promote tourism, road safety and environmental protection in Uganda. This year twenty-seven teams took part and the winners are judged not only on their time
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21/04/21

ASNU host blood drive with International Committee of the Red Cross

In Uganda one of the biggest causes of amputation are road traffic accidents and many people need blood to survive amputation surgery so in March our newest partners Amputee Self Help Network Uganda (ASNU) approached the Red Cross work together on hosting a blood drive. Red Cross provided experienced staff to make sure the event was safe and blood was
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21/04/21

Walk For Them So They Can Walk For Themselves

Kenneth and Apollo were training for the Rwenzori walk with their walking group Crazy Summiters when they met Amputee Self Help Network Uganda co-founder Alex. So inspired by Alex’s story they decided to walk 80 km from Kampala, Central Uganda to Jinja in the eastern region. “With the kind of prosthetics we have we couldn’t walk from Kampala to Jinja
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03/02/21

Focus On: Staying Informed

Working with community members in Uganda and Ghana we asked what healthcare information matters to amputees and how they get it. Here is what they told us…
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25/01/21

UKAid Direct Project Gets Underway In Ghana

Following a COVID19 hiatus the Amputee Empowerment Project in Ghana has hit the ground running in 2021. Working with the Orthopaedic Training Centre in Nsawam, the project aims to strengthen Ghana’s amputee community through bolstering emotional rehabilitation and peer counselling provisions, supporting amputees to grow their support networks and developing a platform of easily accessible, digital self-help information. Since its
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10/12/20

Community Group Resources

At Legs4Africa we know how important is it to spend time with people who you can relate to and that meeting other amputees to exchange experiences can have wonderful, transformative effects on community wellbeing. We know this because our friends and colleagues across Sub-Saharan Africa have told us. So we got to work on a collection of simple, essential resources
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10/09/20

Ugandan Partners Reaching Out To The Community

During August we worked in collaboration with Mulago Prosthetic & Orthotics Centre, Amputee Self Help Network Uganda (ASNU) and local transport company Wills Tours and Travel to reach out to amputees in the community. The focus was on immediate needs not being met as a result of COVID19 such as access to transport to visit centres for repairs and maintenance
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18/08/20

A Fond Farewell to Mr. Kandeh

It is with sadness in our hearts that we must announce the passing of our beloved friend and colleague Musa Kandeh. Whilst we mourn a significant loss and extend our condolences to his family and friends we find joy and gratitude in reflecting on the profound impact of his work. Musa will continue to be a highly respected member of
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16/07/20

Top Tips For Little Legs

We’ve been fine tuning these bad boys for a while now but finally our super fun kids fact sheets are ready to go out in to the world! In collaboration with experts like Akram Semwanga, head orthopaedic technologist at Katalemwa Cheshire Children’s Rehab Centre, Kampala these simple fact sheets joyfully address topics that kids with limb difference connect with most.
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25/03/20

A Gold Badge for Alieu Touray

Policeman, public relations officer, social worker, counsellor, father, husband and more recently owner of the much coveted Legs4Africa Gold Badge. Since playing a key role in the GAA’s inception four years back Alieu Touray has been tirelessly dedicated to the progress of amputees within Gambian society. “ To be a part of such an association is an interest of the
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09/03/20

GAFT Take Banjul Marathon 2020 By Storm

On Sunday the Gambian Amputee Football Team took time out of their usual training schedule to run together in the second annual Banjul Marathon. Fifteen of the players and regular supporters turned out as the sun was rising to race in the 5km segment of the marathon. The spirit of GAFT touched those that lined the streets, the country’s first
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09/03/20

Women’s Cooperative comes to life in The Gambia

Fatou Njie, bi-president of the Gambian Amputee Association, called a group of female association members together in January of this year to talk about their lives as women with disabilities. From that meeting the group decided to invest more time in their female peer circle forming the Gambian Female Amputee Partnership group. Time spent establishing the existing skill set within
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10/02/20

Gambian Amputees Train in Mental Health Awareness and Peer Counselling

In January ten members of the Gambian Amputee Association kick started the year by participating in a three day mental health awareness and peer counselling course. The course was designed by mental health professional Katie Taylor-Smith in collaboration with Legs4Africa and UK aid specifically for the group, who delivered the content alongside amputee advocate Alieu Tourey – a social work
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20/12/19

Females are strong as hell

Women in sub-saharan Africa can have a tough time. Disabled women in sub-saharan Africa can have it even harder and somehow female amputees fall in limbo. They have to fight to be seen as women thanks to misconceptions about disabilities and they have to fight to be visible in both able bodied and disabled communities because often neither community see
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25/11/19

Fashion Daaahling

So let’s talk about inclusivity! I mean, you’re here, on the Legs4Africa website so you’re already interested in seeing increased accessibility for all people. Which means that you also realise that we live in a less-than-perfect world in which people with disabilities can lack representation. On Saturday (16th November… I’m late to publish because I forgot to actually press the
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12/11/19

Sporting Leg-ends

Saturday November 9th saw the third annual Kampala Capital City Authority Para-sports Gala – a day of celebration for adaptive sports and people with disabilities.  The event was specifically for disability sports in the Kampala region with each of the divisions competing against one another in wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, deaf football and amputee football. At 3pm amputee football kicked
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31/10/19

A Problem Shared Is A Problem Halved

In the last five years hospital staff and local amputees have identified the gap between physical and emotional rehabilitation provisions. Whether it be in The Gambia, Ghana or Uganda it is something that gets brought up time and time again – the related traumas associated with limb loss, how it further adds to existing pressures and the fact the under-funded,
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