HVP Gatagara Nyanza – An Exemplary Centre for Rehabilitation

June 14, 2023

Our recent journey to HVP Gatagara Nyanza, an extraordinary rehabilitation centre nestled in the rural landscapes of Rwanda, unfolded an inspiring narrative. This robust facility, brimming with professionalism and commitment, paints a hopeful picture for individuals requiring prosthetic and rehabilitation services. Our visit served as a remarkable opportunity to deepen our understanding of their operations, identify areas of collaboration, and recognize their relentless drive towards an inclusive future.

Isaac Rukundo, the Head of the Department at the centre, profoundly expressed their organisational priority of delivering superior rehabilitation support at minimal or no cost. This noble objective aligns seamlessly with Legs4Africa’s (L4A) mission, creating a shared vision that reverberates within the walls of the HVP Gatagara Nyanza centre.

Contrary to the typical constraints associated with a rural setting, the centre stands as a beacon of cleanliness and organisation. Notably, the facility is well-equipped, featuring separate spaces for each activity, promoting a sense of order and productivity.

One can’t help but admire the facility’s considerate design, which takes into account the challenges faced by those with mobility impairments. The largely flat terrain, assisted by ramps, ensures comfortable and easy navigation within the premises.

Beyond the hardware, the centre’s integrated services model ensures a holistic approach to patient care. With services crucial for individuals with limb differences available under one roof, the centre exudes efficiency. Their plans to introduce a speech therapy department and ongoing collaborations with Swiss Limbs further illustrate their commitment to comprehensive care.


About the author

Name: Tom Williams

My passion? Ensuring no prosthetic leg goes unused. I’m dedicated to collecting, refurbishing, and sending these vital pieces of technology to our partners in Africa, where they make a world of difference. When I’m not immersed in this mission at STAND, I’m often found outdoors, embracing nature. I love long walks in any season, camping under the stars, and enjoying the serenity of the great outdoors. My evenings often involve a unique hobby – maintaining and repairing old pinball machines. This blend of precision and nostalgia keeps me engaged and always learning. This fusion of dedication to my work and my love for nature and tinkering drives me every day, both at STAND and beyond.

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