Our work in Uganda

Standing up for disability rights in Uganda .

DHF has worked with our Ugandan sister organisation, Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD, since 2002, supporting the development of membership structures and organisational capacities.

Together with the rest of the Ugandan Disability Movement, UNAPD has been part of lobbying for and achieving a social recognition of capability in disability and a disability inclusive legislation in Uganda.

A significant contribution was when UNAPD introduced the Ugandan Accessibility Standard in 2010, which through relentless advocacy, became part of the official building code in 2016.

In 2018, DHF and UNAPD moved out of the capacity building phase of our cooperation. We are now working together on gathering civil society and government support for the livelihoods of people with disabilities, accessibility and disability sports. In the latter we are also working with Parasport Denmark and the Ugandan Paralympic Committee.

The intention now is to turn disability friendly legislation into real improved quality of life for people with disabilities.
During the past decade, the Ugandan Disability Movement has seen a significant grassroots growth in new, single disability organisations such as Spinal Injuries, Acquired Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Rheumatism, Albinism, Sickle Cell Anaemia, and People with Disability living with HIV/AIDS.

DHF is now working with these new organisations to build capacities and grow to assume their place in the Ugandan Disability Movement. UNAPD is contributing with sharing of experiences and skills, as are relevant Danish sister organisations. To support this broad effort, DHF has established a country office in Uganda.

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