DGNN’s current rehabilitation collaboration, which began in 2020, aims to engage in capacity building initiatives focused on neurologic rehabilitation within Uganda and to cultivate inter-institutional research partnerships that contribute to knowledge sharing at international, national and local levels.
As DGNN’s partnerships continue to expand neurosurgical and neurological care capacity, a need is created to address gaps in services that support patient recovery. Rehabilitation is a critical healthcare service focused on optimizing functional engagement of one’s environment to promote independence and quality of life. Grassroots relationships fostered with rehabilitation professionals, educators and community stakeholders in Uganda created the necessary partnerships to establish this emerging area of focus within DGNN.
DGNN Rehabilitation Projects
A growing collaboration between rehabilitation providers and faculty at Duke University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology has highlighted the transition of care between hospital and community as a top area of concern for rehabilitation sector strengthening. At the acute level, rehabilitation services initiate functional recovery, prepare patients and caregivers for safe mobility in the home/community, and establish a rehabilitation care pathway after discharge.
This project engages international student participation to create a culturally appropriate model for rehabilitation’s role in the hospital to community transition and inform global transitional care models.