According to available data, 6.8 million people, or one in six Ugandans, have a health condition that could benefit from rehabilitation. Approximately 25.5 percent of the population (12.4 million Ugandans) need one or more assistive products to support their functioning; yet, only 4.5 percent have access to the assistive products they need.
The Government of Uganda has taken important steps to improve the accessibility and availability of rehabilitation and assistive technology (AT) services. It is working to implement World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for establishing rehabilitation and AT as important components of quality health services within the framework of universal health coverage, including increasing the number of rehabilitation professionals at the national, regional, and district levels.
ReLAB-HS is working with national and local stakeholders to transform the health system in Uganda to integrate rehabilitation and AT services, adapt to new challenges, share learnings, and support scale-up. ReLAB-HS is focusing efforts on service delivery improvement in the districts of Gulu and Lira in Northern Uganda, and in the districts of Iganga and Mayuge in Eastern Uganda.