Rwanda ratified the UNCRPD in 2008. The National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), which focuses on advocacy efforts and promotion of social inclusion through sports, is developing a national disability policy.
Though most households in Rwanda have health insurance, people with disabilities have reported that physical
rehabilitation services remain unaffordable for them. Efforts to strengthen Rwanda’s physical rehabilitation sector are
hindered by a lack of trained local staff.
The University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences (UR-CMHS) approached us in 2013 for assistance in various areas. Following an evaluation we conducted in the last quarter of 2016, we decided to begin supporting the national referral hospital, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK), which provides physical rehabilitation services and hosts UR-CMHS students for on-the-job training and field placements.