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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.

View the ReLAB-HS Uganda brief.

In Uganda, ReLAB-HS established four “Networks of Care”—district-level “networks” of public and private health care entities that are connected to support the integration of rehabilitation services within primary care and improve the coordination of care between different levels of the health system.

In close partnership with the Ministry of Health, WHO, academic and training institutions, professional associations, district health offices, rehabilitation professionals, primary care providers, and community health workers, ReLAB-HS has worked to achieve the following:


As a result of ReLAB-HS’s contributions to date:

  • Over 10,900 more people have improved access to rehabilitation and AT services.
  • Over 7,380* trainings on rehabilitation and AT have been completed.
  • 18 rehabilitation and AT quality and integration processes have been strengthened in four local networks.
  • 8 organizations have adopted the International Rehabilitation Education and Training Toolkit.
  • 136 organizations and institutions have been strengthened.

Ongoing and future activities:

National Level

  • Provide technical assistance for implementation of the National Rehabilitation and AT Strategic Plan
  • Contribute to the development of the Priority Assistive Products List (APL) in collaboration with the WHO
  • Continue to work with rehabilitation professional associations and academic institutions to strengthen workforce development
  • Continue collaborating with local rehabilitation and AT leaders to foster a cohort of champions

District Level

  • Work with districts to:
    • Improve integration of rehabilitation and AT services
    • Strengthen workforce capacity
    • Improve the assistive products supply chain and standard operating procedures
  • Deploy a telerehabilitation mobile application to support continuity of care

* Reflects the number of course completions, as trainees may have completed one or more courses