AMPUTEES WALK AGAIN
The project owner
- Yumbe District
The main goal is to restore the mobility of 45 landmine victims in Uganda whose lower limbs have been amputated. We will also help enhance productivity of the affected persons in order to positively influence general family well-being. These goals will be attained through the provision of artificial limbs and Community Based Rehabilitation guidance.
Yumbe District in Uganda has been affected by 20 years of conflict between local rebel groups and the Ugandan Government. This has resulted in many people being injured by landmines and other munitions. Ten years after the signing of peace in 2002, these people still remain without any medical rehabilitation. Today, adults and children alike still fall victim to explosive remnants of the war. Yumbe District is still in the process of stabilization. Little, if any, attention has been shown by either government or private organisations to restore the mobility of the victims of landmines and munitions. The health system is extremely underfunded, and the rehabilitation of people with disabilities is only provided by non-governmental organizations. Even though orthopedic services are available in the regional referral hospital, the inadequate resources are confined to Arua and Nebbi Districts.
1. Sensitization of stakeholders at the sub-county levels in the 13 sub-counties of Yumbe District (In detail: involving the different local authorities (local leaders) in the Amputees Walk Again intervention: creating awareness about landmine-victims in their communities, which types of disabilities prevail due to landmines, what COMBRID can do for landmine victims (and how, when and where) and teach authorities on what they can do for landmine victims and how they can prevent marginalization of peoples with disabilities in their communities.) 2. Assessment and casting of the amputees at sub-county level. 3. Procurement of orthopedic materials and components. 4. Processing and fitting of artificial limbs in the orthopedic workshop. 5. Training amputees on the use of fitted artificial limbs and consulting them (through CBR workers) on the use of their increasing mobility towards greater productivity so as to cater better for their (rural) families. 6. Follow-up of amputees after 3 months in their homes. (In detail: the follow-up is meant to assess how the land-mine-amputees are using their prostheses in their natural (home) setting, to make small adjustments and to give further advise fitting to their daily situations and needs. The follow-up will be carried out by two orthopedic workers and a CBR worker.)
- The benificiaries of this project are the people affected by the loss of lower limbs as a consequence of of landmine and other munitions during a long period of conflict from 1980 to 2002 in Yumbe district. Up to now they have not accessed any types of me
Why (Project owners drive)
Ten years ago a peace agreement was signed in Yumbe District, North-Western Uganda between the then rebel group UNRF II and the Government of Uganda. Since then the region moved towards stabilization. However through my PhD research in this region, I am encountering a large group of landmine victims, people that in the past ten years have never accessed any form of medical rehabilitation,leave alone socio-economic rehabilitation. Their families are deeply affected by their conditions. Fortunately a registered local NGO: "Community Based Rehabilitation Intervention for Disability - COMBRID(Friends of Disability)" carries out rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, especially amputees through the provision of prosthesis (artificial limbs) but they are restricted to Arua and Nebbi Districts due to limited resources. It is therefore my hope that through this Yumbe project, COMBRID will be able to change the lives of 45 mine-victims (amputees) and their families indirectly, in post-conflict Yumbe District.
Relation between the project partner (excecution) and the project owner (fundraising)
Non-Profit Organisation - Friendship
Sensitization & Assesment
- 1. 8 days of sensitization of stakeholders in all 13 sub-counties. costs: -Vehicle hire: 221 euro -fuel: 306 euro -transport refund stakeholders (50 people per sub-county): 899 euro -per diem driver (8 days): 111 euro -per diem project staff (1 person, 8 days): 177 euro Total: 1714 euro's 2. 8 days assessment/casting of amputated limbs in 13 sub-counties by orthopedic technologists. cost: -Vehicle hire (8 days): 221 euro -fuel: 306 euro -Per diem 2 orthopedic technologists (8 days): 266 euros -Per diem project staff (8 days): 177 euros -per diem driver (8 days): 111 euros Total: 1081 euro's 3. Procurement of orthopedic materials and components in Kampala. costs: -Orthopedic material and components costs for 45 amputees: 5055 euro -fuel to Kampala: 232.30 euro -per diem staff (4 days): 80.50 euro -per diem driver (4 days)44.20 euro Total: 5412 euro's cost Total: 8207 euros
Fittings & Trainings
- 1. Pocessing of prosthesis, fitting and training of amputees on the use of artificial limbs cost: Logistical support to amputees from Yumbe to Arua regional hospital, orthopedic workshop and hospitalization support (45 persons): 940 euros costs Total: 940 euros
- 1. Home/ sub-county revisits to the beneficiaries to review the fixed artificial limbs. cost: -Fuel to the subcounties/villages: 306 euros (nb: own vehicle will be made available) -per diem driver (8 days: 111 euros -per diem project staff (8 days): 177 euros -per diem ortho. technologists (8 days):133 euros Total: 727 euros 2. Compiling of final report -Office support: 126 euros costs Total: 853 euros