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February 17, 2017
Dental Screening checks ahead of World Winter Games

Photo by Silvano Kibuuka
by Ritah Aliguma, USPA Vice-President
KAMPALA CITY, February 17, 2017 - As mandatory checks ahead of World Winter games slated March 14th, 2017 in Austria, Special
Olympics Uganda conducted a one day dental screening activity which is part of health program sponsored by Golisano Foundation, at Daughters of Charity Kiwanga Kampala City. Over 100 children and adults with intellectual disability benefited in the screening.

Mulago School of Paramedics conducted the screening as local partner.

As a way of giving back to community, Special Olympics Uganda offers Athletes programs that scrutinise their health and also offer information to athletes and communities in need. “Today's exercise is meant to create awareness to communities that we serve,” Special Olympics Team leader Genevieve Bamwidhukire said.

Special Olympics Uganda currently offers multiple health screening programs throughout the country like FUNFitness (physical therapy) Healthy Hearing (audiology), Med Fest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision), Healthy Promotion and Special Smiles (dentistry).

The exercises educate athletes and communities on healthy lifestyle choices and identify problems that may need additional follow-up:

To improve access and health care for Special Olympics athletes at event-based health exams
To make referrals to local health practitioners when appropriate
To train healthcare professionals and students in the health professions about the needs and care of people with intellectual disabilities
To collect, analyze and disseminate data on the health status and needs of people with intellectual disabilities
To advocate for improved health policies and programs for persons with intellectual.

Thanks to Golisano Foundation, in partnership with Mulago paramedic school and KOICA Uganda, who maje this exercise a sucess
"We believe that good health is necessary for persons with an intellectual or developmental disability to secure the freedom to work, learn, and engage in their families and communities and this is the core value of our healthy communities initiatives", KOICA official Ritah Tuhimbise said.

Recently, SOU entered into a partnership with Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA), to sensitize the public about the plight and programmes.
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