More than 44 million people live in Uganda, and around 16% of them live with a disability. Many of these people are children. Hope and Healing International is committed to reaching as many of these children as we can – making sure they get the medical care they need and a comforting bear to hug.
From Outreach to the Hospital
We connect with these kids through outreach clinics set up in different areas of Uganda. Here, we identify children with disabilities who need medical care then send them to our partner hospital located just outside Kampala. With 100 staff and many volunteers, our partner gives these kids top notch care. Most of the disabilities we see are clubfoot, osteomyelitis, bow legs, post-injection paralysis, cleft lip and palate and post burn contractures.
At our partner hospital, we provide free surgery for kids who have disability. These kids also receive physiotherapy and assistive devices, like braces and artificial limbs, to make sure they’re on the road to recovery. And while the kids go through treatment, they stay with their parents and caregivers at a hostel on the hospital’s grounds.
Working with the Parents
We know that caregivers are an important partner in each child’s rehabilitation and long-term health, so we teach these family members about their child’s disability and potential. We teach them how to do muscle-building exercises with their child and strengthen weak muscles so they can learn how to best support their child. After these kids recover in the hospital, our local community based rehabilitation program assists them in participating in their communities. It’s our goal to make sure these kids receive the treatment they need so they’re set up to live a full and joyful life. A life where kids can be kids again.