Mr. Buhitsya Justus (Senior Occupational Therapist)

In-charge of Occupational therapy Department T

Vision: Every person having the opportunity and the right to achieve his/her fullest potential to participate and contribute to all aspects of life despite the disability, impairment or handicap.

Mission: To provide excellent occupational therapy services in the south western region of Uganda for habilitation, rehabilitation, and promotion of health and wellness for clients with mental and or physical disability.

Mandate: To enable patients and or clients who have acquired mental and or physical disabilities to function independently in all activities of daily living within their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) i.e. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of the patient/client’s well-being through engagement in occupations that promote recovery from impairments, disabilities, handicaps for independent living and self-reliance.

Objectives

  1. Prevention of physical disabilities which result from disease, injuries and congenital abnormality.
  2. Restore function to people with disabilities.
  3. Enable people with disabilities access appropriate appliances and be trained how to use them

Goals of Occupational Therapy

  1. To enable people with mental and physical disabilities to participate in the activities of everyday life
  2. To prevent disability through health education and counseling.
  3. To promote independent performance of activities of daily living among patients and clients with mental or physical disabilities.

Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement (WFOT 2012).

Core Values

The four core values of dignity, service, excellence, justice and respect through accountability and integrity) are the guiding principles for all we do. Each of us is committed to these values and works to make them present in our relationship with each other and with those whom we are privileged to share and serve.

  1. Dignity: Each person is a valuable member of the human community and a unique expression of God’s image in this life
  2. Service: Every interaction is a unique opportunity to help clarify patient/client’s health needs and ensuring appropriate individualized medical intervention.
  3. Excellence: Always achieved through professional development, accountability, creativity, innovation, teamwork and commitment to quality.
  4. Justice: We advocate for systems and structures attuned to the needs patient/clients with disabilities.
  5. Respect: We acknowledge that each human being is created in the image of God and deserves full respect and equal treatment despite his/her color, sex, age and or any other background.

Key Outputs

  1. Trained persons with disabilities in special occupations of daily living
  2. Persons with disabilities counseled.
  3. Community outreach/home visits for persons with disabilities carried out.
  4. Occupational therapists in the lower health care facilities in the region supervised.
  5. Research activities in the area of disability carried out in the south western region.

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