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Great Lakes Rehabilitation Center


Dr. Wanume Kale
P.O.Box 2730 Kampala

0772408802 (Phone)

Dr. Wanume Kale, Director
P.O.Box 2730 Kampala
Kampala, Kampala

0772408802 (Phone)

Type of Organization

ID: NGO S.5914/2628
Type: Reg. No. S.5914/2628

Service Areas

Regions: Africa
Countries: Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan.
Specific cities, regions, or groups of people: North Eastern Uganda warfare victims
Age Group: Adults, Children
Fees Charged: Sometimes

Services Provided

Prosthetic Fitting, Orthotic Fitting, Prosthetic Fabrication, Orthotic Fabrication, Rehabilitation / Training
There is a facility/physical building for patient care at the specified location.
Accomodations for volunteers near or at the specified location.


Financial Assistance

Volunteers: Prosthetists, Orthotists, Therapists

Materials, Components, and Equipment: New, Disassembled, Equipment, Used, Medical Supplies

General Background Information

Historical Information
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Wanume Kale and Mr. Ted Silver
Total volunteers to date: 8
Annual average volunteer participation: 1
Total recipients of care to date: 460
Annual average recipients of care: 120
This organization has a business/financial relationship with another Non-Profit organization.
     Name: World Rehabilitation Fund USA gave us Training. BMVSS of India sent us some Materials, Rotary International sponsored clients.
     Address: World Rehabilitation Fund, BMVSS India, Rotary Jaipur Limb Trust all on internet.

Financial Information
Organization does NOT provide funding for volunteers.
Volunteer needs to raise individual funds for all expenses.
Currently and Historically, the organization's funding and contributions have come from:
        Government: 20%
        Other: 80%

Mission Statement
Implant and make operational the Great Lakes Rehabilitation center in Uganda and the great Lakes Region. Restore the diginty of people with movement disability in this subregion by: provision of affordable and adoptable mobilty devises(artificial limbs and braces) and thus anabling their reintergration into society, anabling their economic independance and anabling their contribution to national progress and economic development.

Additional Information & Comments

The great lakes Rehabilitation center was mentored by World Rehabilitation Fund, Rotary Internaional and BMVSS India, Who combined efforts to start 2 rehabilitation centers in North Easter Uganda under the supervision of Dr. Wanume Kale(Uganda) and Dr. Ted Silver (WRF).

This organisation was born because it was realised that there were no indegenous rehabilitation organisation in the subregion in spite of the great need for rehabilitation srevices.

Rehabilitation services were renderd by international NGOs like the ICRS who would deliver services for a specified period of time and then leave at the end of their contracts.

Because of the high costs involved African Governments can not sufficiently cover costs for rehabilitation because of other medical priorities like HIV/AIDS and malaria.

As an indegenous rehabilitation organisation we are more on the ground and permanent which is an important factor for continuity.

Great lakes Rehabilitation center has a rehabilitation team comprising of a doctor, a clinical rehabilitation officer, a physiotherapist, 2 orthopedic technologists, a rehabilitation nurse, and other support staff.

Traning of the team was done by World Rehabilitation Fund ,UNDP, Rotary International, and BMVSS India. This included training at the rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in the USA.

There are about 40,000 amputees and 400,000 polio affected individuals in the Great Lakes Area,. Rehabilitation services cover about 20% of the need. There are 15,000 amutees in Uganda where only 300 limbs are made per year.

The Great Lakes Rehabilitation center would like to expand services using any resources possible. Exess or used prosthetic and orthotic eqipment and materials can be used if selected professionaly.

We make limbs using ICRC, Jaipur, Ottobock, or hybrids depending on the cases concerned and availability of materials.

An artificial limb costing in Uganda is $350.00. (three hundred and fifty dollar) or more. This includes workshop costs and materials, Transportation of client to and fom the village, food and lodging while at center, and one followup visit by the team.

We are also interested in partnering with big rehabilitation institutions for purposes of education and research.

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