Ugandan Partners Reaching Out To The Community

Bethany / Uganda

Prosthetist Rashid and peer support volunteers Charlie spending time with amputees in 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.

Left to Right: Charlie, Henry, Wilson and Jared making up the outreach team on a day of visiting amputees in their homes

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 of mobility equipment, food insecurity and lack of access to peer support for the additional emotional strains amputees are facing in Uganda during the global pandemic.

Time spent with peer support volunteers and clinical staff gave people the opportunity to talk openly about their needs

Project operations manager Charlie Kangume and the team of eight people spent ten days over the course of the month working in shifts to reach people living in Kampala and beyond to reach a total of forty-eight households.

“The people we visited so appreciated the visits, they felt cared for and it helped them to feel less alone. I believe it was also really good for the communities to see persons with disabilities like me moving around with ease and confidence” Charlie says.

Charlie shows community member, Henry and Jared the Care4Legs online health guides

James Kisimbara, Mulago Prosthetic & Orthotic Centre manager used the visits as an opportunity for technologist to offer professional clinical advice, however he highlighted the importance of patient follow up – “Of the patients we visited at least twenty of them required major repairs or to be newly fitted. It’s always difficult for amputees to get to the centre for this kind of work.”

Amputee Self Help Network Uganda will continue to provide peer support to those visited. If you would like to know more about ASNU then visit their Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of Ofumbi Wilson

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