Elizabeth’s Legacy of Hope (ELoH) is delighted to report on the last year’s progress, helping limbless children in Tanzania through our partnership with Friends of the Children of Tanzania (FoCT).

ELoH funds have directly contributed to the delivery of the following elements so far:

  • Construction of a new limb centre for amputees in Kagera, north-west Tanzania – completed
  • Construction of a covered access walkway to the limb centre – completed
  • New physiotherapist for the limb centre and associated mobile clinics outreach programme – recruited, and salary provided for a year
  • Training of new orthopedic surgeon for limb centre and mobile clinics – ongoing
  • Training of hospital surgeons in Uganda to enhance their orthopedic skills, including in bone trimming operations – ongoing
  • Procurement of Jaipur Limb equipment from India for the fitting of new limbs – completed
  • Mobile clinics outreach programme, supporting limbless children in more remote areas throughout the Kagera region – established.  Involving:
    • Mobilising village level volunteers to assist with identifying and monitoring people with disabilities and or at risk of amputation
    • Purchasing three motorbikes to enable community disability specialists to easily access the outlying villages and support the village level volunteers
    • Supplying nine mountain bikes to the village level volunteers to enable greater mobility around their allocated areas for treatment, monitoring and amputation prevention work

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Roger in his wheelchair, waiting outside the new ELofH sponsored limb centre. He lost both legs when he fell into a charcoal burner as a small child.
Roger in his wheelchair, waiting outside the new ELofH sponsored limb centre. He lost both legs when he fell into a charcoal burner as a small child.

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Julius, the Jaipur Limb technician, in the new ELoH sponsored limb centre.
Julius, the Jaipur Limb technician, in the new ELoH sponsored limb centre.

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Roger with his new limbs and a new lease of life.
Roger with his new limbs and a new lease of life.

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  • The following children have been helped so far as a result of the new limb centre and mobile clinics outreach programme:
    • 782 cases seen to by the new orthopedic surgeon (including the osteomylitus cases mentioned below, cases of club foot and fractures)
    • 574 osteomylitus cases treated (a debilitating bone disease that can lead to amputation)
    • 104 assistive devices (such as splints and callipers) provided and repairs made
    • Over 200 children seen by the new assistant physiotherapist (directly funded by ELofH), supporting them with pre and post-operative care
    • 8 new limbs fitted
    • Several vital amputations performed
  • Advocacy and training for amputation prevention programme – established. Including:
    • Organising and hosting road safety events for drivers in the Karagwe district, to raise awareness about the risks of dangerous motorbike driving and how this can lead to limb amputation
    • Establishing a campaign for albino rights to prevent limb mutilation through witchcraft
    • Strengthening the disability network in the Kagera region with Government and faith based groups

Between May and August 2012, ELoH funds will continue to support the operation of FoCT’s limb clinic, mobile outreach and accident prevention programme in Tanzania. 

Key deliverables include:

  • Installing amputee-friendly toilets in the limb centre
  • Ongoing procurement of necessary kit to fully equip the limb centre (including furniture, mirrors, rails etc)
  • Commencement of the actual fitting of new limbs at the limb centre – with 15 clients already on the waiting list
  • Continuing “on the job” training of the Kagondo hospital surgeon
  • Using the mobile clinics teams to follow up on post-surgery clients after they have returned home
  • Undertaking outreach through media, sister institutions and Government for the limb centre in the entire Lake Victoria region of Tanzania, since it is the only facility of its kind
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