“Empowering people, and telling them that their disability doesn’t have to hold them back, is hugely liberating – you can see and feel the transformation taking place right there in front of you!” Faustina, Peer Training Co-ordinator

Putting the wheels in motion

If you have a mobility disability and you live in Tanzania, your life expectancy can be limited. Often the things that can kill – pressure ulcers, urinary infections – are entirely preventable. A little bit of knowledge can be a life-saver, but most people simply don’t get the information they need to stay healthy.

People with spinal cord injuries are particularly at risk and many do not survive for more than a couple of years after their injury. Often discharged from hospital without a wheelchair and with no information about how to adapt to their new life, they don’t know where to turn for support.

Our latest work

Our peer trainers are experienced wheelchair users who provide support for people who have sustained spinal cord injuries by visiting them in hospital or in their homes. The trainers give advice on preventing pressure ulcers, managing your bladder and bowel, and disability rights. By building confidence and skills, peer training can help people to see that life isn’t over just because you have a disability. 

Tanzania is also home to one of our most experienced wheelchair services. As well as supporting those with spinal cord injuries, the team specialise in fitting wheelchairs for people with particularly complex needs – such as children with cerebral palsy, who require extra postural support to keep them healthy as their bodies grow.

For real change, we know we need to influence people with the power to act. Our active Wheelchair Taskforce in Tanzania is helping to shape disability policy at government level by making sure that the voices of disabled people are heard and listened to.

Meet Faustina, Motivation's Peer Training Coordinator Tanzania. Hear her story: