Specialist Surgery for Children
Duration: 2018 to 2020
Local Partner: CORSU Rehabilitation Hospital
This project aims to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities in Uganda, by providing surgical and rehabilitative interventions for conditions such as bone infections, clubfoot, limb deformities, tumours, post traumatic fractures, cleft palate, burns, traumatic fractures.
The major causes of disability in Uganda are communicable diseases acquired before the age of five, accidents and inadequate prenatal and neonatal health care services. Approximately 2.5 million children live with some form of disability in Uganda. Children from poorer households are at a significantly higher risk of disability. It is estimated that 80% of the disability amongst children in Uganda remains untreated due to poverty and limited access to surgical and specialised services.
Support for children with disability remains a vital issue. Specialised services for persons with disability are scarce and often not available. Entire regions, such as the east, are left with few or no services.
In Uganda, people with disabilities are socially and economically disadvantaged with reduced educational and employment opportunities and often dependent on relatives to provide for daily needs. Women and girls with disabilities are further disadvantaged as they are less likely to marry and more likely to suffer abuse. However, the surgical intervention which alleviates a disabling condition significantly increases ability to participate and contribute economically in society. .
HOW WE ARE HELPING
- Providing high quality orthopedic and plastic surgery.
- Providing rehabilitation services such as Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychological and Speech Therapy and assistive devices.
- Strengthening community outreach services to identify, assess and refer vulnerable children with disabilities in remote areas.
YOU CAN HELP CHILDREN NEEDING SPECIALIST SURGERY IN UGANDA