For over 20 years, Momentum Wheels for Humanity has increased access to mobility and improved the quality of life for children, teenagers and adults with physical disabilities in low- and middle-income countries. In total, Momentum Wheels for Humanity has provided more than 100,000 wheelchairs. Its mission is to promote greater inclusion for people with disabilities globally, through mobility, therapy, advocacy and empowerment. The not-for-profit organization aims to build sustainable, community-based systems that provide effective, long-term support for people with mobility impairments. Momentum Wheels for Humanity builds rehabilitation services within health systems by providing training, capacity building and technical assistance; developing policy and standards; and supplying and distributing wheelchairs and other life-changing assistive technology.
Maria Toro is Momentum’s AT Systems Strengthening Global Advisor. In previous roles, she has served as technical advisor in assistive technology with the PanAmerican Health Organization and the International Society of Wheelchair Professionals and as an assistant professor in a physiotherapy school. Maria’s background is in Biomedical Engineering (Colombia) and she obtained a MS and PhD in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.
Lindsay Simpson holds an MPH in Global Health Program Management from Boston University and is a Certified Heath Education Specialist. Most recently, she served as the program administrator for the Center for Evidence to Practice at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health. She has also worked with the Peace Corps and JSI.
Samuel Icoot Okiring has eight years of experience in professional accounting, financial analysis, administration, procurement management, and budget management for organizations including Management Sciences for Health, IntraHealth International, and John Snow Inc. He is familiar with the rules and regulations of several donors, including USAID.
Sofia Nabasa is an occupational therapist with more than eight years of professional experience in disability assessment, referral, care, advocacy, capacity building, documentation, and partnership building. She has worked with Humanity and Inclusion and collaborated with the National Union of Disabled Persons in Uganda, Motivation Africa, and CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital among others. She is certified in Basic and Intermediate-Level Wheelchair Service Provision.
Sarah Magoba is a health and communications development professional with more than ten years of experience in program implementation and communications with organizations such as World Vision Uganda, John Snow Inc, and Abt Associates. She has extensive experience managing communications campaigns, developing communications strategies, and writing impactful success stories.