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Uhambo is dedicated to alleviating poverty for persons with disabilities by promoting human rights, increasing economic empowerment and advancing quality of life. Uhambo removes barriers of access for persons with disabilities in remote and rural areas of Africa by creating and distributing smart appropriate designs of wheelchairs, advocating for policy change for persons with disabilities and developing global partnerships.
Uhambo addresses the problem at every level by providing superior programs that are aligned with the WHO Guidelines. Our solutions include:
_Appropriate Products & Services
-Providing appropriate devices and accessories. Our distribution reaches the most remote places in Africa, thanks to our partners. And all products are manufactured locally in South Africa by a social enterprise whose workforce partially consists of people with disabilities.
-Provision of holistic needs-driven support services and training to wheelchair users, caregivers, wheelchair technicians and rehabilitation workers in communities.
-Education, Awareness & Partnership Development
Conducting community awareness and education programs.
-Influencing policy and leaders in the international development, global health and disability arenas.
-Educating and creating awareness in the U.S. of disability issues in Africa.
-Developing community networks to build a robust system of support.
-Partner with the private sector, international NGOs and nonprofits on relevant mobility initiatives in Africa.
-Economic Development for People with Disabilities
Creating opportunities for disabled persons.
Assisting in the development of disabled persons.
-Research. Conducting valuable research that is driven by evidence-based practice .
Why We Do What We Do
According to the World Health Organization approximately 65 million people worldwide require the use of a wheelchair due to a disability. As many as 80% of those who need wheelchairs live in low income and developing regions, such as Southern Africa. They contend with poor living conditions, nutrition, and hygiene, and lack of access to basic health services.
Uhambo provides education, fundraising and advocacy by engaging with strategic partnerships to support the mission and programs of Uhambo, the Shonaquip Foundation of South Africa.
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