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Kubaho nigenga Project

UPHLS’ Kubaho nigenga Project (a Kinyarwanda word meaning “to live independently”) will strengthen the capacities of DPOs.

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What problem does your idea solve?

Our idea will try to solve the following challenges: Persons with disabilities in Rwanda frequently have difficulty obtaining rehabilitation, preventive and curative services because services are very scarce and not very known (poor visibility) to the community, to local authorities and to the population in general, Health Financing Policy not catering for comprehensive rehabilitation services and, very weak and fragmented Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) to advocate for the rights of PWDs.

Explain your idea

“Kubaho nigenga” Project will be implemented in four Provinces of Rwanda and Kigali City with a focus on 3 key areas: 1. Building and sustaining an active coalition of advocates around Health Financing Policy to cater for comprehensive rehabilitation services, 2. PWDs engagement in advocacy for better geographical access, availability and accessibility of Rehabilitation services and, 3. Disability rights and rehabilitation services’ visibility and coverage by the Media. By covering four provinces and Kigali City, project partners are expecting to make disability and rehabilitation services’ advocacy, media coverage and visibility to a maximum number of persons with disabilities, to local authorities and to the population of Rwanda in general so that every Person with disability gets a chance to benefit adequate rehabilitation services on time. The approach proposed in this project relies on the principles of partnership and local ownership. UPHLS aims to build on previous and existing experience in the field of Health and Disability, to empower stakeholders and advocate for change in the policy and program for better access, quality and quantity of rehabilitation services.

Who benefits?

PWDs of all ages in Rwanda will be the ones to primary benefit from our idea. They will first benefit from increased service provision to them and their peers. Second, they will be engaged in advocacy for better geographical access, availability and accessibility of rehab services. Third, they will have an active coalition of advocates around Health Financing Policy to cater for comprehensive services. Four, disability rights and rehab services issues will be visible and covered by the media.

How is your idea unique?

This project is unique because it tries to solve issues faced by persons with disabilities from their source. The fact that it will target decision makers to change the way services are provided and increase them so that persons with disability can access and benefit them is the core center of this project. Adding to that, many rehabilitation services are not used because the community is not aware of their existence; this project will be a key step in making those services known and accessible to the persons in need namely persons with disabilities. The project has an added value of contributing to the achievement of disability rights as well as awareness of the population on disability rights.

Tell us more about you

UPHLS stands for the Umbrella of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities in the Fight against HIV&AIDS and for Health promotion. UPHLS is an initiative of PWDs registered as a non-governmental organization in Rwanda and operating since 2006. It is an umbrella organization made by 10 member organizations. Each member has expertise in working with a specific group of persons with disabilities and in selected areas of interventions. UPHLS will ensure overall coordination and management.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

We are aware that our country is among the poorest countries in the world, meaning that it faces a big number of economic challenges, and we are advocating for the availability & accessibility of rehabilitation services which needs awareness, technical and financial means; we have not yet figured out how this project will contribute/support the government to increase those services whenever the issue of cost will be involved!

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Rwanda

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • I've worked in a sector related to my idea for more than a year.

Organizational Status

  • We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

Idea Maturity

  • Prototyping: I have done some small tests with prospective users to continue developing my idea.


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