A brand new partnership, building the first Rehabilitation Centre for people with mobility disabilities in BidiBidi Refugee Settlement
Why we’re working together
Swiss Limbs provides ortho-prosthetic solutions to professionals and organisations with the aim of improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. They assist amputees and disabled people by providing affordable orthopaedic equipment and materials designed specifically for developing countries.
To date, SwissLimbs has rehabilitated 6 orthopaedic centers, trained 240 orthopaedic technicians, constructed a hospital, rehabilitated a school center, treated 2 420 patients and completed 35 training missions to 8 countries: Jordan, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, and Rwanda.
Partnership Start Date: 2021
Country of impact: Uganda
Lives impacted: 5,000+ (expected)
What we’re doing
In 2021, HHA and Swiss Limbs have formed a brand new partnership to collaborate on our biggest project to date, building the first Rehabilitation Centre for people with mobility disabilities in BidiBidi, Uganda.
More than 200,000 refugees live in BidiBidi which is one of the largest refugee settlements in the world. Those living there with disabilities face enormous challenges including very little access to auxiliary devices, physiotherapy or community support and many face discrimination within society.
The fully equipped locally staffed rehabilitation centre will specialise in outpatient care providing locally appropriate assistive devices: prosthetics and orthotics, and wheelchairs and outpatient physio/occupational therapy services. It will operate a mobile health clinic bringing the above services to people both in BidiBidi and neighbouring Palorinya refugee settlement, aiming to reach over 5,000 people annually.
The project also includes Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) . We have already established a team of 24 CBR workers - 2 for each zone in BidiBidi and Palorinya settlements - who go house to house visiting and supporting people with disabilities with the aim of integrating them in the community.