Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. The rate of poverty is high and a large percentage of the population survives on subsistence farming.

Over 200,000 people have some form of mobility disability, and one in four children are disabled from birth. However, only 16,000 adults are reported to have wheelchairs.

Without mobility, and facing stigma and discrimination, disabled people are often isolated from their families, friendship groups and communities. Disabled children are less likely to be enrolled in school, and disabled adults face challenges when looking for employment.

Unable to access healthcare, disabled people are vulnerable to developing life-threatening complications like pressure sores, respiratory problems and bladder infections.

Independent, mobile, active

Tanzania is home to one of Motivation’s most experienced wheelchair services. Our teams specialise in fitting wheelchairs for people with particularly complex needs – children like Careen, for example.

When Careen’s family first noticed she wasn’t developing properly, they took her to a doctor who diagnosed her with cerebral palsy. She was unable to sit up alone so when her family were working, she was often left to lie on the floor or propped up in a corner.

When she received her first Motivation wheelchair – the Moti Go – her life changed immediately. The fitted, supportive seat helped her to sit upright, even without being strapped in, and she was able to make eye contact and start communicating with her family.


“Careen has improved a lot,” her mother told us. “She can now speak slowly and can use her hands. It is very joyful to watch her growing, doing different children’s activities like reading and drawing. We have managed to put her into school.”

Find out more

If you have further questions about our work in Tanzania, please get in touch on 0117 966 0398 or [email protected].

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