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CBR Project

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is a community development strategy, initiated by WHO, that aims at enhancing the lives of persons with disabilities (PWDs) within their community. It is a multi-sectoral approach working to improve the equalisation of opportunities and social inclusion of people with disabilities while combating the perpetual cycle of poverty and disability. CBR is implemented through the combined efforts of PWDs, their families and communities, and relevant government and non-government health, education, vocational, social and other services (WHO). 

The Rehabilitation Unit for Special Children

Cerebral Palsy (CP) in Uganda: Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood and the most common movement disorder in the world. 

The incidence of cerebral palsy is approximately 150-250 per 100,000 live births worldwide. The rate of CP is believed to be significantly higher in less developed countries with a lower standard of medical care. 

CP prevalence is higher in rural Uganda than in urban centres, and children younger than 8 years are more likely to have severe cerebral palsy than older children. There are approximately five times more children with post-neonatal cerebral palsy in Uganda than in high income countries, suggesting that cerebral malaria and seizures are prevalent risk factors in this population. 

Medcare Urgent Appeal

Thank you to everyone who helped us raise an incredible £4,000 which provided food, bedding and mosquito nets for 24 families, a total of 144 children and adults, with additional food given to a number of other needy families. Many thanks to our amazing supporters for joining with Medcare to be a lifeline for Ugandan children.

Wellspring Home for Disabled and Disadvantaged Children

Noeline Nakaagwa is a disabled Ugandan woman with a generous, compassionate heart, who has dedicated her life to caring for disabled and abandoned children in rural Uganda. She is a wonderful advocate for the rights of the disabled. She believes that being disabled is a form of uniqueness, that all people are equal, and disabled and able-bodied people must have equal rights in every society. She has proved that love is the greatest healer of all. She is a natural mother of two girls and an adopted mother of over 47 disabled children.

Johnson Ssempungu

Johnson’s parents had used up their life savings and had given up hope for their son... 

Johnson Ssempungu is a 2 year old Ugandan boy. He is the only child of Proscovia and Joseph who live in extreme poverty living on 50p per day.  Johnson was born with a congenital heart complaint called Fallots Tetralogy - with 4 anatomical abnormalities of the heart. He was always short of breath and was unable to walk or exert himself in any way.  He had spells of extremely rapid breathing when he became blue, confused and distressed. These episodes are very distressing and dangerous and can lead to serious brain damage and even death.  Uganda could not provide the complicated open heart surgery he so desperately needsed..

Cerebral Palsy

The World Health Organisation estimates that 1:300 African children have Cerebral Palsy, caused by birth trauma, cerebral palsy and meningitis. In Uganda 60% of cerebral palsy  is due to cerebral malaria. There are very few services available for children with cerebral malaria in Uganda.

Children with cerebral palsy are often seen as a curse in Uganda and are marginalised and hidden away. Many die due to ignorance, neglect and malnutrition. However, many children with cerebral palsy have normal intelligence and with physiotherapy and occupational therapy from an early age many cerebral palsy children can be greatly helped. Social assistance and health education is urgently needed for such children.


Gloria is 2 years old. She lives with her parents, in Uganda, in extreme poverty. Gloria was born with Downs Syndrome. Uganda does not have any statistics on the number of persons with DS. However it’s estimated that out of 700 -1000 children born, 1 has DS. With the Uganda population of about 36 million, this translates to about 36,000 persons with DS in Uganda.  

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