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作成:斉藤龍一郎
 *(特活)アフリカ日本協議会事務局長

アフリカ日本協議会(AJF)2010
HIV/AIDS 2010
グローバル・エイズ・アップデイト
Gender in Africa
アフリカの子ども
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気候変動とアフリカ
アフリカと中国
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アフリカの保健・医療
アフリカのICT
ケニア共和国 Republic of Kenya 大統領選挙と騒乱
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○2007年までのニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 〜2007年
○2008年1月〜3月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 1
○2008年4月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 2
○2008年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 3
○2008年10月〜12月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2008年 4
○2009年1月〜6月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年 1〜6月
○2009年7月〜9月のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年 2009年 7〜9月
○最新のニュース・情報  アフリカ障害者の10年

* 主としてアジア経済研究所の「障害と開発」メーリングリストで紹介された記事を収録しています。
  「障害と開発」メーリングリストについては、次のページをご覧下さい。
  アジア経済研究所 森壮也

◆2009/10/02 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: NTDC Set to Promote Disabled Friendly Tourist Facilities
◆2009/10/02 Isram Online.net "The Seven Million Handicapped Movement"
◆2009/10/03 AngolaPress Urgent need to approve bill on disabled people stressed
◆2009/10/04 AngolaPress Project Come with me integrates over 30,000 disabled people
◆2009/10/05 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Integrate the Deaf Fully Into Society, Says GNAD
◆2009/10/06 Modern Ghana British MP Urges GFD, NCPD, VSO… To involve in the rights of persons with disability
◆2009/10/06 Afrik.com Zimbabwe: PWDs demand condom packs in Braille to promote safe sex
◆2009/10/06 Lusaka Times Disabled man in court on defilement charge
◆2009/10/06 Peace fm Online Chalk factory for the disabled cry’s for help
◆2009/10/06 Awoko Disabled MP rejects disability bill
◆2009/10/06 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: We Must Empower the Disabled NDE DG
◆2009/10/07 The Swazi Observer The programme known as FODSWA Women's Development Programme (FWDP) is currently run through mobilising women with disability on leadership skills
◆2009/10/07 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Spotlight On Disability And Sport
◆2009/10/07 AllAfrica.com Sierra Leone: MPs May Reject Disability Bill
◆2009/10/07 Malawi's Daily Times My Point of View -Irony of organisation names, disability
◆2009/10/08 New Vision Dumb, deaf boy stranded in Gulu
◆2009/10/08 Daily Guide Deaf Woman Chases Ghanaian Actor
◆2009/10/10 The Standard Translating for the deaf
◆2009/10/13 zimGossip Disabled women are better in bed - Studio 263 actress
◆2009/10/13 IT News Africa MTN provides enhancement for the hearing impaired October 13, 2009 in Company News, Mobile and Telecoms
◆2009/10/14 毎日新聞 リベリア:車椅子の少女マーサさん 再び支援呼び掛け
◆2009/10/15 KBC STANCHART: Cash prize for disabled increased
◆2009/10/15 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Iwu Makes Case for Disabled Voters
◆2009/10/19 Sowetan Disabled mom may lose HOME > ◆2009/10/20 Ghana News Agency Visually impaired woman with triplets seeks help
◆2009/10/21 AllAfrica.com Uganda: Stanbic Inject Shs6 Million in KKL Disabled Kids' Training
◆2009/10/21 Business Daily Africa Why donors must do more than doling out hearing aids
◆2009/10/21 Awareness Times In Sierra Leone, Deaf & Dumb on the Rampage
◆2009/10/22-27 Uganda Media Centre ウガンダで10月に世界 盲ろう大会、ヘレンケラー世界会議、開催
◆2009/10/22 New Vision Deaf, blind to hold world conference
◆2009/10/22 Ghana News Agency President appoints head of National Council of Persons with Disability October 22, 2009
◆2009/10/22 South Africa.info Terence Parkin: Deaflympics giant
◆2009/10/22 The Swazi Observer MP donates wheel chair to disabled man
◆2009/10/23-27 WFDB 世界盲ろう者大会第3回大会(ウガンダ)
◆2009/10/23 AllAfrica.com Congo-Kinshasa: Child Disability, the Forgotten Crisis
◆2009/10/26 New Vision Current law on disability employment prone to abuse
◆2009/10/28 UGPulse.com Uganda People News: African governments urged to help the deaf
◆2009/11/02 AJF 【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2009年10月
◆2009/11/02 AllAfrica.com Uganda: Education Unleashes Potential Among Deaf
◆2009/11/02 New Vision Girl delivers baby during primary exams
◆2009/11/03 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Izunaso Splashes Gift Items On the Disabled
◆2009/11/04 The South African Star Disability claims double in 6 years
◆2009/11/05 AFP In Ethiopia disabled people get jobs, not hand-outs
◆2009/11/07 CNN 「アルビノ男性」殺し臓器売却の4人に死刑判決、タンザニア
◆2009/11/07 REUTERS Egyptian policeman jailed for beating disabled man
◆2009/11/08 New Vision English cricketers to aid handicapped team
◆2009/11/09 Ghana News Agency Pay serious attention to disability issues
◆2009/11/09 イベント HIKESHI ピースアド展(11月9日〜20日)&トークセッション(11月18日夜)@世銀東京(日比谷・富国生命ビル1階))
◆2009/11/10 AllAfrica.com Zambia: Abuse, Neglect of Disabled Children
◆2009/11/10 Peace fm Online Minister’s Husband In Trouble
◆2009/11/10 Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Disability Organizations express Common Fund allocation misgivings
◆2009/11/10 Daily Monitor Uganda needs to strengthen its disability policies
◆2009/11/10 AllAfrica.com Zambia: State Reaffirms Help to Disabled
◆2009/11/10 Plus News SOUTH AFRICA: TV ad delivers silent HIV message
◆2009/11/11 UGPulse.com Uganda People News: Government to spend Ush2 billion on disabled
◆2009/11/12 毎日新聞 毎日新聞:点字器:途上国に寄贈…日本盲人会連合など
◆2009/11/13 AllAfrica.com Uganda: 'Don't Abandon Your Disabled Relatives in Camps'
◆2009/11/15 AllAfrica.com Rwanda: KCC to Provide White Canes for the Visually Impaired
◆2009/11/16 New Vision Disabled traders in Busia petition URA over goods
◆2009/11/16 theeastafrican.co.ke With 10m disabled people, it’s time to level the field
◆2009/11/20 AFP BB News アルビノを呪術師の魔の手から守れ!歌手サリフ・ケイタと赤十字社が緊急アピール
◆2009/11/21 スーダン障害者教育支援の会 スーダンカフェ 〜見て、知って、食べて、丸ごと味わうスーダン〜
◆2009/11/22 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: MTN Foundation - Empowering the Physically Challenged
◆2009/11/23 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Toilets Are Unfriendly to the Disabled
◆2009/11/24 AllAfrica.com Tunisia: Sidi Thabet Therapeutic Farm Promotes Integration of the Disabled
◆2009/11/25 Modern Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme: How are Persons with Disabilities Benefiting?
◆2009/11/26 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Sallah - Halima Shekarau Doles Out 50 Cows to Disabled People
◆2009/11/30 AngolaPress First lady attends disabled children festival
◆2009/11/30 AFP BB News 「アルビノ殺人」恐れ、1万人が避難 アフリカ南東部
◆2009/11/30 Botswana Press Agency Engage disabled people Mokalake
◆2009/12/01 AJF 【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2009年11月
◆2009/12/03 AllAfrica.com Gambia: Country to Observe World Disability Day Daily Observer
◆2009/12/03 Awoko Sierra Leone is way behind in addressing Disability Issues-Patrick James Taylor
◆2009/12/04 Peace fm Online People with disabilities insist on their rights
◆2009/12/04 Modern Ghana Ghanaians should show more commitment towards people with disabilities- Lecturer
◆2009/12/06 AngolaPress Governor invites disabled people to participate in literacy process
◆2009/12/07 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Disable Farmers Want Disability Bill Passed Into Law
◆2009/12/07 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Why Neglect the Deaf?
◆2009/12/07 AllAfrica.com Ghana: Public Agenda Decorated With Disability Award
◆2009/12/07 AllAfrica.com Ghana: What Are We Entitled to Under Free Basic Education? Disabled Ask
◆2009/12/08 AllAfrica.com Liberia: NCD Celebrates International Day Of The Disabled Persons
◆2009/12/09 AngolaPress Ascod sets elections for January 2010
◆2009/12/10 New Vision Disabled traders want tax exemption
◆2009/12/10 Sowetan Stop ill-treating disabled - victim
◆2009/12/10 AllAfrica.com Zambia: Corporal Punishment of Children
◆2009/12/13 AJF・DPI日本会議合同学習会 カメルーン熱帯雨林地域で暮らす障害者の生存戦略
◆2009/12/14 LeadershipNigeria Why Bayelsa Disabled Persons Don’t Engage In Street Begging - Sylva’s Aide
◆2009/12/14 The Standard Deaf graduate gets scholarship
◆2009/12/15 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Women March Against Cancer in Anambra
◆2009/12/15 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: FG Tasked On Disability Law
◆2009/12/15 AllAfrica.com Liberia: LISCR Restores Smiles to B'ville Deaf, Mute Mission
◆2009/12/16 AllAfrica.com Zimbabwe: Uphill Task for Disabled
◆2009/12/16 AngolaPress Debate on challenges of access for the handicapped
◆2009/12/16 Catholic News Service Ministries help people disabled in Congo violence regain independence
◆2009/12/16 AllAfrica.com Ghana: People With Disability Still Crying for Help
◆2009/12/17 Ghana News Agency Achievement of MDGs would be mirage without addressing disability
◆2009/12/17 magharebia.com Moroccan schools improving access for disabled children
◆2009/12/18 AllAfrica.com Somalia: Mortar Shell Injuries Two of Former Somali National Disabled Army in Mogadishu
◆2009/12/19 Brunei fm ZAMBIA RATIFIES INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR DISABLED
◆2009/12/19 Ghana News Agency Media urged to educate public on problems of the deaf
◆2009/12/20 The Observer Uganda fails inclusive education test
◆2009/12/20 AllAfrica.com Rwanda: Over 3000 Disabled Children Integrated in Schools
◆2009/12/21 AllAfrica.com Nigeria: Council Boss Wants Special Budget for Physically Challenged
◆2009/12/21 AllAfrica.com Liberia: Gov't Feels Wind of Change
◆2009/12/22 AngolaPress Builders called to observe disabled person's concern
◆2009/12/25 AngolaPress Works for disabled people positive
◆2009/12/27 New Vision Abandoned girl reunites with family
◆2009/12/28 Ghana News Fact Is: We Never Even Tried!

【参考website】
■Child-friendly text of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Word/PDF)
http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_cfc_questionnaire.php
■International Rehabilitation Review, December 2007 - Vol. 56, No. 1, SPECIAL EDITION
(PDF)http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_cfc_questionnaire.php
(Word)http://www.riglobal.org/publications/RI_Review_2007_Dec_WORDversion.doc
■CBRトレーニングコースの情報
http://www.enablement.nl/(概要)
http://www.enablement.nl/pdf/newsletter6.pdf(コース関連や詳しい情報)
■アジア太平洋/中東/アフリカ地域における障害関連の資料(小説、論文等)のリスト www.independentliving.org/docs7/miles200807.html(html)
www.independentliving.org/docs7/miles200807.pdf(pdf)
This annotated bibliography lists a selection of 130 novels, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, materials from philosophy, anthropology and folklore, and literary criticism, in which disability, deafness or mental disorders play some significant part, from East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, available mostly in English or French.
■WHOから途上国の車椅子ユーザーのための新ガイドライン http://www.who.int/disabilities/publications/technology/wheelchairguidelines/en/index.html
■「アフリカ障害者の十年」事務局 ニュースレター「Human Rights Africa」2008年第2号 http://www.africandecade.org/humanrightsafrica/newsletter.2008-10-21.3303788528/view
■Downside of the Human Rights-Based Approach to Disability in Development
(ウガンダをケースにして研究を進めている、人権アプローチについての論文)
http://blogs.helsinki.fi/katsui/files/2008/11/downside-of-hrba.doc
■世界ろうあ連盟の途上国を中心としたろう者の人権状況の世界的調査報告
http://www.wfdeaf.org/projects.html
■座談会「視覚障害者が高等教育機関で学ぶ スーダンと日本の経験を語る」(2007年8月9日)
http://www.arsvi.com/2000/070809.htm
■座談会「大学における視覚障害者支援の現状と課題 スーダンで今求められていること」(2008年6月21日)
http://www.arsvi.com/2000/080621.htm
■立命館大学生存学研究センター報告6「視覚障害学生支援技法」
http://www.arsvi.com/b2000/0902as.htm
■GPDD(グローバル・パートナーシップ・フォー・ディスアビリティ・アンド・デヴェロップメント)
http://www.gpdd-online.org/
『障害と開発』分野の国際的なネットワークのウェブ・ページです。

【Related Sites】
○スーダン障害者教育支援の会 http://capeds.org
【参考図書】
○アフリカNOW 78号 特集:アフリカ障害者の10年〜アフリカの障害者の取り組みは今
2007年10月20日発行 一部500円(送料実費) 必要な方はAJF事務局こちらへ
内容 ○アフリカNOW第83号 特集 アフリカにおける民主化の課題
「アフリカにおける民主化の課題」を特集したアフリカNOW第83号を発刊しました。

特集の内容は以下の通りです。
* アフリカにおける平和の定着と民主化の課題  武内進一
* ケニア:2007年選挙後暴力を裁く特別法廷の設置  永岡宏昌
* 【資料】ケニア選挙後暴力究明委員会報告(要旨)

「アフリカの現場から」では、ガーナでエイズ対策隊員としてろう学校でのエイ
ズ教育に取り組み、障害者の社会参加に関わる活動をしてきたAJF会員がレポー
トしています。

アフリカの現場から−ガーナにおける障害者の社会参加促進活動  南口美佳

また、アフリカを伝える新しい取り組みの紹介もあります。
* 「POP AFRICA アフリカの今にのる?!」参加して考えたこと  茂住衛
* 【映画紹介】エンタングル・イン・トーキョー パート1:罪の報酬  川田薫

○アフリカNOW第85号 特集 在日アフリカ人・コミュニティと共に生きる
2009年7月31日発行
頒価500円(+送料) 必要な方はAJF事務局(info@ajf.gr.jp)に連絡下さい

目次
特集1 在日アフリカ人・コミュニティと共に生きる
小島美佐さんに聞く 在日アフリカ人ファミリーとして誇りを持って生きてい
くために
報告:アフリカンキッズクラブのこれまでの実施イベント
在日アフリカ人コミュニティへのHIV/AIDS予防啓発活動に取り組んで 川田薫
特集2 アフリカの障害者と障害者運動の現状
The situation of disabled people in Zimbabwe by Alexander M. Phiri
翻訳:ジンバブエにおける障害者の現状/アレクサンダー・ピリさん紹介
The situation of youth with disabilities in Uganda by Aggrey Olweny
翻訳:ウガンダにおける障害を持つ若者の状況/アグレイ・オルウェニさん紹介
アフリカの現場から:ガーナ 小中学校における性教育とエイズ予防啓発 宮本
佐知子
書評:小倉充夫著「南部アフリカ社会の百年」 近藤帝
ひとつの結び目として・活動日誌 AJF事務局

○障害と開発 途上国の障害当事者と社会
森壮也編 アジア経済研究所

上記の本は、下記の研究会の報告書である。
http://www.ide.go.jp/Japanese/Research/Project/2006/429.html

本の巻末にテキスト・データの引換券が付いており、視覚障害者等のためのテキスト・データの提供もしている。

○『アジア経済 Vol.49, No.2』 「貧困のミクロ経済分析−貧困の罠を用いた文献理解」
伊藤成朗 ¥1,050 B5判 平均104頁 2008年2月

障害についても若干の言及がある他、エンタイトルメント不足を貧困の原因ととらえる視点から、
その解決策を経済学的に模索する論文です。

インターネットでは以下の箇所から注文できます。
http://www.ide.go.jp/Japanese/Publish/Ajia/

○アジア経済研究所叢書4 貧困削減戦略再考
―― 生計向上アプローチの可能性 ――

山形辰史編 ¥4,620円(本体 4,400円 + 税5%) A5判 280頁 2008年3月27日 [amazon]

この本の元になった研究会は、以下のものです。
http://www.ide.go.jp/Japanese/Research/Project/2006/421.html

インターネットでは以下の箇所からも注文できます。
http://www.iwanami.co.jp/.BOOKS/00/6/0099730.html
http://www.7andy.jp/books/detail?accd=32042401
http://item.rakuten.co.jp/book/5543197/

○アフリカと政治 紛争と貧困とジェンダー
わたしたちがアフリカを学ぶ理由

戸田真紀子著 御茶の水書房 2400円+税 A5判 212p
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4275005899/ryospage03-22

天理大学の戸田さんが、新著「アフリカと政治 紛争と貧困とジェンダー」を送ってくれました。
「わたしたちがアフリカを学ぶ理由」とのサブ・タイトルも付された本は、内容がもりだくさんで、論じられている事象や地域についてなじみがない人にはちょっととっつきにくいかなと感じました。
ケニアの女性が立ち上げて運営するママ・ハニ孤児院を紹介する終章「立ち上がる草の根の人々とその声」、次いであやうく「姦通罪」への処罰としての石打ち刑で殺されるところであったアミナ・ラワルさんが直面したナイジェリアの政治情勢を分析する第7章「女性だけが背負う重荷」と読み進め、そこで論じられている問題を読み解くために他の章を読むという読み方がありそうだなと思いました。

序章 アフリカを勉強する10の理由
第1部 アフリカの「民族紛争」の神話と現実
 第1章 アフリカの「民族」とは何か
 第2章 アフリカの民族紛争の「神話」
 第3章 突出する紛争犠牲者
 第4章 選挙民主主義が紛争を生み出す矛盾
 第5章 ナイジェリアの宗教紛争
第2部 ジェンダーから見るアフリカ
 第6章 アフリカの女性と「人間の安全保障」
 第7章 女性だけが背負う重荷
終章 立ち上がる草の根の人々とその声

序章のコラム、アフリカ援助に要する資金が全世界の軍事費の20分の1にすぎないことを紹介する註、そして債務問題がアフリカの子どもたちから未来を奪っていることを告発する記述で、参照されているスティーブン・ルイスの著作もぜひ一読してください。

Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/0887847536/ryospage03-22

○立命館大学生存学研究センター報告6「視覚障害学生支援技法」
2007年8月の東大先端研で、2008年6月に立命館大学でスーダン人の視覚障害学生を
交えて行った座談会をもとに、僕(斉藤龍一郎さん)が書いた「スーダンと日本、障害当事者による
支援の可能性」も収録されています。

目次、入手方法が以下にあります。
送料実費で頒布しているものですので、一読して活用していただけるとうれしい
です。
 
http://www.arsvi.com/b2000/0902as.htm

また、上記座談会記録を収録した資料集「スーダンにおける視覚障害者の現状と
支援のための取り組み」を一部1000円で販売しています。こちらは、AJF事務局
に連絡下さい。

○アフリカのいまを知ろう
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Nigeria: NTDC Set to Promote Disabled Friendly Tourist Facilities

2 October 2009

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Nigeria like other parts of the world lacks many appropriate accessibility provisions for the general population. This is a problem which affects many people both in their daily lives and also as tourists.

Physical access and access to information are often less than adequate in transport, at tourist destinations, in accommodation and all kinds of venues and attractions. This lack of accessibility has a direct and negative effect on tourist numbers (both inbound to Nigeria and within Nigeria) and on the quality of tourism destinations and products.

Many tourists and would_be travellers experience access problems, especially those with physical or sensory disabilities, people who are older and perhaps a little more frail, as well as pregnant women, families with small children and people with a chronic health condition or a temporary disability. All of these people need "accessible tourism".

Some of the access difficulties we find today are due to many years of ignorance about access requirements when planning, designing and managing buildings, transport systems and infrastructure. For a long time, customers' needs were not known or understood, and even today - despite improvements _ these needs are not being taken sufficiently into account in the tourism sector.

The availability of expertise in planning and designing accessible infrastructure and services varies considerably. This situation gives rise to some confusion and lack of certainty when planning and developing accessible tourism facilities and services-either when upgrading or starting from scratch.

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) is working to improve accessibility in the tourism sector by consolidating existing knowledge and giving all actors the opportunity to put this knowledge to use through collaboration, wherever they are based in the country.

Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of NTDC, in a chat with travel journalists during the World Tourism Day celebration in Kano weekend, said with the accessible project they are embarking on that they want to help make Nigeria as a whole an accessible destination, where all travellers can move freely, enjoy new experiences and be sure of getting the service they need and expect.

"We believe that accessible tourism must be made a priority _ for the good of the tourists and for the long_term sustainability of the Nigerian tourist industry."

Asked what the project is all about, Otunba Runsewe said "Accessible tourism is intended as the set of services and facilities capable of allowing persons with specific needs to enjoy a holiday and their leisure time with no particular barriers or problems. Individuals with specific needs could be elderly people, disabled individuals and people with particular diets or with allergy problems, who need particular comforts and facilitations during their travels."

He added "Accessible tourism makes it possible for people with various disabilities to function independently of other people when on holidays.
It relates not only to physically disabled people but also to seniors whose mobility might be limited."

Otunba Runsewe also disclosed that the corporation is also planning to encourage hotels and events management companies to charge per hour as they believe this will en courage time management ."People see Nigerians as those who do not have respect for time management, but we believe if hotels and event centres charge per hour , people will be time conscious.
Tourism, we believe can be used to change how things are done and help in time management."

Otunba added that NTDC is set to launch the first ever national dress brand for Nigeria. The idea of the new national dress, accoding to him, is to give Nigerians a new identity as the dress style and fabric are uniquely Nigerian.

"Most serious minded countries in the world have their national dresses as a form of branding. Countries such as South Africa, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya and Dubai have embraced national dress as a national symbol which they are now known for anywhere in the world."

The launch of a new national dress would not have come at a better time than now considering the fact that the country is branded.

The launch of the national dress is slated for 11th October, 2009 in Lagos, Centre of Excellence.It is expected to attract the de la cr?me of Nollywood stars, first rate musicians and comedians. It would also attract stakeholders in the industry.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200910020091.html




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"The Seven Million Handicapped Movement"

Overwhelmed with the feelings of hope, optimism and happiness, a group of Egyptian activists started their "Seven Million Handicapped Movement " on 2nd October at Al-Hurriya Garden in Egypt. The emergence of a movement was launched representing a glimpse of hope for all those with disabilities in Egypt.

Programme of Events
The event started off with a moment of silence for the participants who had varying physical disabilities. Signs that read:
"We are humans",
"We’re still alive,"
"We have voices".
The attendees were from different age groups spanning seven to over 40 years of age. Several media channels were keen to attend and cover the event, which set a precedent in Egypt.
Then we listened to Ramez, a deaf young man who sang for the audience. Ramez managed with his strong will, to continue his education and is currently studying law. However, the event was a great chance for all who suffer from these disabilities to gather and have fun, as after listening to the songs, they all took part in a dish party.
At the end of the event the organizers called for a civil march in the street for about an hour and half. However, before attending the event various questions crossed my mind, such as how did they launch this movement? What are their main demands? And ultimately, why did they begin the event.

The Start
"We gathered through an internet group, and we started to discuss our problems, as people with disabilities, and then we decided what our aims would be and the mechanism for reaching them," said Mahmoud ‘Abd El-Haleem, an engineer, one of the movement's organizers.

‘Abd El-Haleem mentioned that the first step for attaining their goals was this event, which represented the birth of the movement. Sara Samir, a 27 year old, graphic designer, added that they decided to call for their rights in a civilized manner, and from there came the idea of establishing this event.
As for the name of the movement, Samir, with much excitement said:
"We chose the name "The 7 Million Disabled ", as according to recent official statistics that the number of disabled people in Egypt is about 7 million."
Lubna ‘Abd El-Aziz, one of the organizers added that they wanted to prove their right to live a normal life, and be integrated into society just as any other person.
"We have many capabilities and potentials, which can make a positive change within our community, but unfortunately, underestimated and shunned by the society," ‘Abd El-Aziz said.

Main Problems
People with disabilities confront several problems and obstacles, which in fact, have negative impact upon them.
"We call for many rights throughout our movement, such as, the right to have suitable means of transport, said sufficient job opportunities in any field and joining governmental schools and universities," said Samir.

Samir added that one of their main problems is the false image, which the society has placed on the disabled.
"People feel that we are week individuals, who are useless to the community," argued Samir.

‘Abd El-Haleem added that this stereotype has a negative psychological impact upon the disabled. He supported Samir's view that the disabled person should be integrated into society, and to live and work just s any other individual.
"We need to have representatives in the parliament, who can present our problems, needs and demands," said’ Abd El Haleem.

Not only adults face these obstacles because of being handicapped, but also children and in turn, their parents who take on their responsibility as well. Rabab Hassan, a mother of a physically handicapped 10 year old girl, confronts difficulties in taking her to classes everyday at school, as there is no wheel-chair access. In addition wheel-chairs and other equipment designed for the handicapped is unaffordable.
One of the attendees was a trainer for deaf and mentally disabled children, who has helped them solve issues concerning their problems and their rights. He believes that these kids are deprived from various rights, such as the joining of government funded universities, and attending Friday's khutba (sermons), because of the absence of translators.

Dreams 4 the Future
"Increasing awareness among society is one of our major goals, throughout lectures, workshops and media coverage, "added ‘Abd El-Alziz.
Finally, I left the event asking myself many questions and having various thoughts; "The Seven Million Movement" is the first in Egypt that supports and protects the rights of the disabled. So could it be the start for more and more organizations and campaigns that call for handicapped privileges? And could this movement make a positive change, and spread awareness on the issue of disabled rights?
Hopefully we can see a fruitful result and positive influence upon the government, individuals and the whole of society.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Urgent need to approve bill on disabled people stressed

Luanda - The president of the angolan federation of the associations of disabled people (FADEP), Silva Lopes Etiambulo, on friday voiced for the immediate approval of the bill on disabled people.

He stood on the bill's immediate approval while addressing a FADEP meeting which discussed and introduced contributions for the 7th version of the draft of the bill, being discussed at the national assembly (parliament).

According to mr Etiambulo, some government officials are senseless to the hindrances faced by disabled people which has contributed in the rise of the number of unemployed disableds.

He urged the participants to seriously contribute in the drafting of the bill in order to avoid future complaints from disabled peopleon their rights.

"These days we are faced by many blinds who have been refused by their relatives, what jeopardize the efforts undertaken by some institutions of the central government and of the civil society"- he said stressing the need to build adequate shelters for disabled people, many of them homeless and facing serious hindrances.

He rejoiced with the initiative of the parliament's 7th commission to demand from the disabled people associations contributions to the bill, a move that, according to him expresses the political of the parliament.

The draft bill has 41 articles, inserted in seven chapters, detailing the duties and rights of disableds, such as the the right for job and housing, tax exemption and free travelling on public transports.

Established on December 2000, FADEP is made up by 17 associations recognized by the angolan government.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2009/9/40/Urgent-need-approve-bill-disabled-people-stressed,c713b46f-8719-49b8-9510-fba319e3c7f4.html




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Project Come with me integrates over 30,000 disabled people

Luanda - At least 39,030 disabled people benefited of several actions doneby the National Association of Disabled People of Angola (ANDA), during thethird phase of the project “Vem Comigo” (Come with me), which closed lastThursday, informed its coordinator, Silva Lopes Etia mbulo.

Speaking to ANGOP, while presenting the balance of the project, the sourcesaid that the third phase had to be closed because there was not enoughmoney to continue, although there are still activities to be carried out.

Silva Etiambulo informed that it is still to be opened a driving school fordisabled people, the creation of cooperative of services and the preparationof land for agriculture.

During the third phase of the project were found 133,000 disabled peoplevictim of war, living in extreme poverty.

According to the coordinator of the project, because of the lack of fundsthe activities will be stopped.

He also informed that the next phase will cover the provinces of KuandoKubango and Cabinda because the highest number of disabled people are facingserious difficulties that regions.

The also chairman of ANDA said this initiative is very important because itreduces the number of disabled people begging in the needing help in thestreets, almost all over the country.

The project started on April 22 of 2003 in Dande, in Bengo province), andthe launching ceremony was witnessed by Angolan First Lady Ana Paula doSantos, as chairwoman of the Social Solidarity "Lwini" Fund, the Minister ofPublic Administration, Employment and Social Security, PitraNeto.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2009/9/40/Project-Come-with-integrates-over-000-disabled-people,b7cab4c8-9c5c-4a7f-95c2-56d3fec3f231.html




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Ghana: Integrate the Deaf Fully Into Society, Says GNAD

Akwasi Fredua
5 October 2009

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Accra - The challenge of the deaf to discern and interpret sound, and similar difficulty on the part of the hearing to understand 'Sign Language', the language of the deaf, have created a wide communication gap between the two groups. A major setback that arises as a result of this gap is the low level of education among the deaf, through no fault of theirs.

To assist the deaf to communicate effectively, devices such as computerized visual texting systems have been developed for use at educational and other institutions.

Unfortunately in Ghana, the interest in usage of Sign Language and rate of its literacy is very discouraging, while the alternative assistive technological devices are either non-existent or beyond the affordability of the majority of deaf.

These concerns were raised by Mr. Samuel Kwesi Asare, President of the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD), on the occasion of the International Week Celebration of the Deaf in Accra. It was on the theme: "Overcoming the Communication and Stigmatization Challenges of the Deaf-the way forward". According to him, the theme captures the concerns of the deaf and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in general.

Even though adequate laws exist to guarantee the rights of PWDs, he said not much have been done by way implementation.

"PWDs continuously face numerous challenges and prominent among these are ignorance, neglect, superstition, prejudice, discrimination and fear, on the part of the wider society. These have led to the isolation of persons with disabilities and delayed their development. As a result of these, the deaf in Ghana have been denied adequate education, right to political participation, health, employment and other social activities, " he observed.

Mr. Asare also called on the Special Education Division of Ghana Education Service to organize Sign Language Workshops for teachers in the Schools of the Deaf and also urged the University of Winneba to improve on the teaching of Sign Language to the trainee teachers of the deaf.

He also called on the Ministry of Health to ensure a compulsory screening of all newly born babies to enhance early detection of any disability for early treatment.

The National Administrator of GNAD, Mr. Ebenezer Addo Asamoah, appealed to hospitals, police stations and court rooms to use the services of interpreters to enhance the full integration of the deaf in the Ghanaian Society.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200910051515.html




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British MP Urges GFD, NCPD, VSO… To involve in the rights of persons with disability

By Naa Norley - Ghanaian Chronicle

Mr. Roger Gale, a British MP has further urged the Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD), National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPD) and the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) to involve in the rights of persons with disability, since it is part of their role in the institution.

Speaking over the weekend during his visit on the Launch of the first ever African Trade Fair and International Concert for persons with disability, he mentioned that when all organizations become involved, the rights of these people will be maintained in the country.

He pointed out that there were two priorities in the rights of the disabled persons, which included physical facilities and public attitudes.

He cited organizations and schools of the deaf which have been deprived of their rights. He said the deaf need accessible physical facilities.

“Not only the deaf, but other physically challenged citizens also needs resources and establishment of a rehabilitation centers,” he added.

He noted that some do not have places they can call their homes. “They mostly beg on the roads and sleep on pavements by the streets” he said.

With the public attitude, Mr. Gale stressed that citizens do not regard the physically challenged persons, but ignore them when they are in need.
He said it has been recognized that disabled people have a huge contribution in the country.

With the celebration of the first ever African Trade Fair and International Concert for persons with disability, Advocacy Officer said the Disability network members had already set up a working committee to design a suitable theme and a detailed action plan for the celebration.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.modernghana.com/news/242114/1/british-mp-urges-gfd-ncpd-vso-to-involve-in-the-ri.html




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Zimbabwe: PWDs demand condom packs in Braille to promote safe sex

Tuesday 6 October 2009 / by Alice Chimora

Visually impaired people in Zimbabwe have made a bold request to government that condom packs be written in Braille to help them engage in “safe sex”.
Through their association, the National Association of Societies for the Care of the Handicapped (NASCOH) they say blind people risked “ extermination” as many had been sold expired condoms.

“We will surely be exterminated by the Aids pandemic. The notion that people with visual impairments do not engage in sexual activities hence should be left out of programmes on HIV/AIDS should be dismissed with the contempt it deserves,” the association said.

They added, “We are also sexually active or even more active than able- bodied people and we need the same protection from the Aids scourge.”

The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, he said, “should lead a programme to make available condoms that are written in Braille to enable those of us who can read to read”. At present all condom packs , both male and female are written in English.

The association says the fact that there are no condoms written in Braille makes sex very risky to people with visual impairments claiming that they sometimes use expired condoms because the dates would have been written in letters they cannot read.

The Braille System is a method that is widely used by blind people to read and write. Braille was devised in 1821 by Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman.

There is a growing number of blind people in Zimbabwe and conservative estimates put the figure at about 10 percent of Zimbabwe’s population.
NASCOH says HIV/AIDS figures should also indicate prevelance rates among their members.

In a recent interview with Irin, Alexander Phiri, the director-general of the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled insisted that what is needed are "specially designed approaches focusing on people with disabilities, and in consultation with people with disabilities".

Indeed, in the Southern African region, considered to habour some of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections, persons with disabilities (PWD) until recently were mostly ignored in HIV/AIDS campaigns and care.
According to experts, this ommission, compounded by the fact that people with disabilities are among the poorest and most marginalized of all the world’s people, contributed in skyrocketing HIV/AIDS levels among PWDs.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://en.afrik.com/article16248.html




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Disabled man in court on defilement charge

A disabled man of Chienge district in Luapula Province has pleaded not guilty of attempting to defile a 13-year-old girl of the same area.

Appearing before Nchelenge magistrate, Fred Musaka, was Zachariah Mwape, of Ndayi Village in Chief Mununga’s area, who stood charged with attempted defilement contrary to Section 138 subsection 2 of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia as amended by Act number 15 of 2005.

Court records indicated that the accused was 75 years old but when asked to give his particulars to the court he failed to state his age forcing magistrate Musaka to record his age as “an adult male”.

Particulars of the offence are that on September 23, 2009, Mr Mwape willfully and unlawfully attempted to have carnal knowledge of a named girl under the age of 16 years.

The case of Mr Mwape, who walks with his hands because of undeveloped legs, has been adjourned to October 10, 2009 for commencement of trial.

ZANIS

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.lusakatimes.com/?p=18624




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Chalk factory for the disabled cry’s for help

Date: 06-Oct-2009

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The Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD), on Tuesday called on the government to overhaul the organisation’s chalk factory, to boost the production and marketing of its products.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr Francis Kofi Nadugbey, an Accountant of GSPD noted that the factory could provide employment for its members if it gets the needed financial assistance.

“If we get the needed materials and funds we will be able to get some of our colleagues off the streets,” he stressed.

He said last year, the society complained about the lack of market for the chalks, prompting the Ghana Education Service (GES) to patronise the products.

Mr Nadugbey said the business entity could however, not meet the target of providing the service with 50,000 boxes of chalk annually.

He attributed this to lack of capital to purchase the needed raw materials and equipment.

“Nets used in drying the chalk are few. We need extra 12 moulding machines and a drier to meet the GES target from April to August every year.

“Last year the society provided 18,000 boxes out of the 50,000 boxes needed,” he added.

Mr. Nadugbey said GSPD managed to supply only 15,000 boxes out of the 50, 000 boxes requested by the GES this year, adding “with the availability of the needed capital we could meet the target and supply to individuals and institutions.”

He complained about the high interest rates charged by the banks on the overdrafts the society secure for the running of the factory.

“Disabled chalk factory need grants rather than loans to help boost production,” he said.

Ghana requires 2,250,000 boxes of chalk annually but GSPD produces only 2.22 per cent of it.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://news.peacefmonline.com/news/200910/28459.php




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Disabled MP rejects disability bill

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Hon. Julius Nye Cuffie

Disabled MP Julius Nye Cuffie has said the proposed draft bill for the Persons with Disability will be staunchly rejected by the disabled community.

The MP had moved a private member motion in Parliament to table the Person’s with Disability Bill draft which had been validated at a National Consultative Conference of disabled but that the Government through the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs took over the bill.

He explained that what the Ministry has done was to completely water down the original disability bill earlier endorsed by the disability groups.

Hon. Cuffie highlighted key provisions which he deemed as unacceptable as he said in the bill he was to have tabled; provision was made for a proposed commission for persons with disability. Also, that the Chairman was to be appointed by the President on the advice of the Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs in consultation with the disabled persons.

He also said that the commission was to comprise of other stakeholders working on disability issues including disabled persons organizations.

But he highlighted that the draft bill of the Ministry has the disability commission changed to National Council for Persons with Disability whose chairman is to be appointed by the Minister on nobody’s advice and that the disabled persons are not represented.

In the Ministry’s Council, Hon. Cuffie said the Education Ministry, Labour, Finance, Health, Social Welfare, Local Government and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice are to form part of the Council.

To add to that, he stated that one member is to be appointed by the Sierra Leone Employers Federation and one appointed in consultation with the Labor Congress with three from NGO’s and such other member to be co -opted to serve in the Council. “I am not against the membership but that persons with disability are not represented like what I did in the last bill where I factored the blind, polio, speech and impaired unions ”.

He accused the Ministry of paying lip service to issues on disability and said “It is unacceptable to the disabled community and we will not accept it as I will canvass all MPs that they should not accept the bill.

We reject it in its entirety” he stated.

By Ishmael Bayoh

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://awoko.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=6861&cntnt01returnid=15




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Nigeria: We Must Empower the Disabled NDE DG

Boco Edet And Francis Okeke
6 October 2009

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Director General of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) Abubakar Mohammed has said that unemployment seemed to be overwhelming the nation because the economy is facing some challenges of which globalization is a major factor.

Mohammed who paid a courtesy visit on the management of Media Trust in Abuja yesterday said: "Globalisation is unfair. It does not treat all economies fairly and what happens is that when within the country we can't see that, then it affects everybody."

On what role his agency is expected to play to correct the situation, he said,"We are an intervention agency. We are not supposed to be a substitute to the proper growth of our economy. Our economy should be able to absorb the labour force. Our economy should pick up these trained people and be able to absorb them then, NDE would recede in importance.

"The best I can do is correct the educational system because our people come out without marketable skills. The best I can do is fill this gap.
The Nigerian economy is not isolated, we are integrated in a global economy and we allow ourselves to be controlled by certain forces but we don't realise that."

The DG also noted that empowering the physically challenged with skills is critical to the achievement of the seven point agenda of the present administration.

According to him, "The seven point agenda, vision 2020 is critically interlinked in the sense that we are trying to empower that segment of society that seems to be dragging the active part down. We release the energies of our productive part by empowering these people to stop relying on the other segment, then we have energised the other sector to move forward."

He said most rehabilitation centres in the states are deserted because there is no structure that properly defines and understands the peculiarities of the physically challenged whose number he puts at 19 million nationally.

"Many people would not like to patronise the products of physically challenged and they are Nigerians. If they are capable of producing why can't we consume? It is a matter of stigma and stereotyping," he said.

He said there is a need for proper coordination among other bodies like NDE to avoid a situation where some of their programmes are duplicated.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200910060700.html




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The programme known as FODSWA Women's Development Programme (FWDP) is currently run through mobilising women with disability on leadership skills

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【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=7899




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Gambia: Spotlight On Disability And Sport

Musa Barrow
7 October 2009

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The president of Gambia National Para-Olympic Committee Speaks about the engagements of his committee and the challenges they are presently facing.

Foroyaa: Let us start by introducing yourself to our readers?

Colley: Well, my name is Mr. Sulayman Colley and the President of the Gambia National Para Olympic Committee.

Foroyaa: What does the committee which you are president of, do?

Colley: Well, Gambia National Para Olympic Committee is responsible for organizing sports competitions among the various categories of persons with disabilities.

'Sports for persons with disability' was introduced by the Swedes in this country back in 1980.

Initially, we started as a body responsible for organizing sports for only persons with physical disability. However, in 2007 after returning from a trip to Cairo, we were told to be inclusive to incorporate other categories of disabilities. It was argued that such an umbrella body would bear the flag of the country in Para Olympics which is held after the main Olympic.

Foroyaa: What are some of the goals and objectives of your committee?

Colley: Well, some of the goals include getting as many persons with disability off the streets as possible. By involving them in sport, we hope begging would be a thing of the past. Another goal is to improve the health condition of persons with disability. Sport is an instrument for better health, as exercise enhances physical fitness.

Psychologically, engaging persons with disability in sport helps them to grow in confidence. This in turn gives them a peace of mind which is so crucial and key to their meaningful contribution to society.

Above all, there some athletes with disability who have what it takes to become professionals. As such, opportunities should be given to such athletes with a view to realizing their full potentials.

Foroyaa: Has the Gambia ever been represented in the Para Olympic Sports?

Colley: As far as I know this country has never been represented in Para Olympic Games. This failure could be attributed to various reasons beyond our control. Lack of funding and equipments have been the major obstacles we have been facing. It is worth pointing out that in order to take part in the Para Olympic, one has to fulfill or meet the requirements. International Para Olympic Committee organizes competitions across the different venues in the world and those competitions serve as a stepping stone for athletes to make it to Para Olympic. Last year, we were given the opportunity to qualify for the Para Olympic by taking part in All Africa Games. However, this opportunity slipped through our fingers, because we could not get the funds to do so.

Our athletes had prepared for the All Africa Games only to be informed at the eleventh hour that there was no funding. That news came as a bolt from the blue, but there was nothing we could do except to accept the reality.

Foroyaa: Which sports do you engage your athletes in?

Colley: The sporting disciplines include wheel chair, tennis, basketball, sitting volleyball and athletics. All the aforesaid disciplines require equipments and materials which cannot be obtained in the absence of money.

Foroyaa: Have you got the supporting infrastructure for athletes with disability which can enable them realize their full potentials?

Colley: Well, as things stand, we are managing with what we have. This is even though what we have is not conducive enough.

Last year, we organized a sport competition which attracted participants from the countryside and Greater Banjul Area. That tournament turned out to be a success.

As part of July 22nd celebrations, we also organized a wheel chair basket ball' tournament which attracted participants from both Gambia and Senegal. The KMC won that tournament. The ultimate triumph of KMC in that tournament is a clear testimony that our athletes can do it when they are given the opportunity. It is also a testimony to our credential in the international arena.

Foroyaa: What is your committee doing for athletes with disability who reside in the provinces?

Colley: We organized training for some coaches from the provinces who would in turn train athletes with disability in their various regions.
This training for coaches was done with the objective of ultimately organizing an annual club championship.

We are hopeful that this club championship would get underway next year.
Teams from different regions would be paired against one another in a knock out tournament.

Foroyaa: So far you talked about sports for persons with physical disability. What package do you have for those with visual impairment?

Colley: Well, the visually impaired have a galobal. It is just like a football and it has some materials inside it which makes a house thereby enabling persons with visual impairment to know the location of the ball through following the noise.

Foroyaa: Since the inception of Gambia National Para Olympic Committee, what would you say has been some of its achievements?

Colley: We gained international recognition as registered national institution as well as participate in such regional activities. Our ability to organize tournaments locally is also an achievement in itself.

Foroyaa: Apart from the problem of finance and equipment, which other obstacle do you face currently?

Colley: Our office at the stadium is being taken away from us. Basically, we do not have an office now. We are presently contemplating to look for an office in Serekunda West grounds with a view to be more efficient and effective.

Foroyaa: Apparently, there is hunger among your athletes to participate in the next Para Olympic Games. What is your committee doing to make sure that some of those athletes fulfill their childhood dream of participating in the Para Olympics?

Colley: We are doing our best to first ensure that our athletes qualify for the Para Olympic Games.

After ensuring qualification, we would also do whatever it takes to write to different donors with a view to get finding to take our athletes to the venue to the host city of Para Olympic Games.

Foroyaa: How many coaches did you train in order to look at athletes with disability?

Colley: we trained three coaches from each region.

Foroyaa: Do you know what the coaches you trained are up to?

Colley: As things stand, they are up to scouting new players.

Foroyaa: Who are the coaches you trained, are they persons with disability?

Colley: They are not persons with disability. They are in fact sports coordinators from their various regions.

Foroyaa: What do you think the future hold for athletes with disability?

Colley: As an optimist I would say the future looks bright. However it is worth saying that we still have a lot to do.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Sierra Leone: MPs May Reject Disability Bill

Ibrahim Tarawallie
7 October 2009

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Freetown - Member of Parliament representing the ruling All Peoples Congress, APC, has said that members of the disabled community will reject in its entirety the new disability bill drafted by the ministry of social welfare, gender and children's affairs.

Hon. Julius Nye Cuffie, a disabled himself, said he will lobby his colleague MPs to resist any attempt by the gender minister to table the bill in parliament as according to him the document is only paying lip- service to disability issues rather than seeking to address their welfare.

"I am speaking on behalf of the disabled community because I am also one of them. It is unacceptable. We will reject it in its entirety and resist any attempt by the minister to bring the bill to parliament," the MP vowed.

Hon. Cuffie described the new disability bill as a water-down version to the one he drafted and validated in 2008.

He told a cross section of journalists at parliament building that the bill which he singled-handedly drafted made provision for the setting up of a national commission for persons living with disabilities while the new one only makes provision for a council.

"In the bill that was validated at a consultative conference on December 3, 2008, there was provision for the president to appoint the chairman for the disabled commission. I consider the new bill as a water-down version," he said.

According to Hon. Cuffie, the members in the council are to be appointed by the minister on nobody's advised, adding that disabled persons were not represented in the council.

"Members in the council comprise the ministries of social welfare, finance, health and sanitation, education, local government, labour and the attorney general and minister of justice," he maintained.

He said other members in the council include three from non-governmental organizations, one each to be recommended by the Sierra Leone employers' federation and labour congress respectively.

However, minister of social welfare, gender and children's affairs, Dr. Soccoh Kabia told Concord Times that the reason for the drafting of a new bill was because lots of issues on the bill that was validated were unclear and can create problem.

"The new draft bill makes provision for a commission and not a council. All shades of disabilities in the country are represented in the commission," he said.

The minister further pointed out that all stakeholders, including people living with disabilities, were invited to take part at the initial stage of the drafting, adding, "It makes no sense not to include them because it is their bill."

Dr. Kabia disclosed that a consultative meeting with stakeholders will be held today and that disabled persons are also invited to make their own input to the bill.

"I have special interest in disability issues. I singled-handedly pioneered the ratification of the UN convention on people living with disability," he maintained.

But Hon. Cuffie said the fact that the ministry has derailed the bill that was validated indicated that they were paying lip-service to disability issues.

The MP said there was great disparity in the new bill and that it was a deliberate act by the ministry and not inadvertent.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200910070755.html




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My Point of View -Irony of organisation names, disability

For a long time, people with disabilities have been deemed incapable, hopeless and burdens to others. Although Africans could not directly associate with it, reinforcements of such mentality were via Charles Darwin’s Survival of the fittest theory which espoused that the frail need not survive.

History chronicles that the ancient Greeks and Romans were enthusiastic advocates of infanticide for disabled children. The need to do away with the ‘unfit’ as proposed by Darwin heightened with the systematic murder of approximately 80-100,000 people with disabilities by the German Nazi party during the 1939/45 war.

In religious circles, disability was regarded as a symbol of ungodliness hence undesirable. In testifying to this, renowned protestant reformer Martin Luther, 1485-1546, said he saw the devil in disabled children and recommended killing them. It did not matter whether or not the disability was got through accident or other causes.

Over the years however, the proliferation of science and human rights has made man more aware of what it takes for one to have a disability.
Along with this realisation people are also able to decipher that people with disability are not incapable, hopeless and above all burdens to others. This understanding has brought in a slogan ‘disability is not inability’.

For now almost every human being has witnessed the fruits of the industry of people with disability. In the country, for example, people with disability can be crowned as the founders of the Malawian Fashion label. No Malawian could deny the fact that Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha) Weaving Factory championed the manufacturing of clothes with a Malawian touch. On the same no right thinking Malawian could overlook the achievements of one farmer extraordinaire Paulo Ng’ondola.

Having noted how equally productive people with disability are, it was universally decided to mind the way society addresses those with disability. The world instituted a hush on disability unfriendly language like dumb in reference to people with speech challenges; blind in reference to those with visual impairments; deaf in reference to those with hearing challenges and lame in reference to those with mobility challenges. Above all, the United Nations standard rules on the equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities of 1993 condemn the use of terms like disabled and handicapped. Such terms, the rules forward, insinuate that people with disability are incapable of contributing positively to the development of a society.

As a member of the United Nations, Malawi also affiliates to the same acknowledgement of people with disability. Locally, it is equally abominable and a concern for Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB) to refer to people with visual impairments as blind. Similarly, it is commendable by Malawi National Association of the Deaf (Manad) to refer to the deaf as people with hearing challenges. Furthermore, disability organisations like Macoha would feel duty-bound when someone addresses people with disability as the handicapped.

A point of concern however, comes in from the irony the names of these advocacy disability organisations invite. When MUB would want people to refrain from using the term blind in referring to people with visual impairments, the body itself is failing to adopt the friendly term it is advocating for. Is it not said that charity begins at home? How can one take the organisation seriously when it is failing to walk its talk?

Furthermore, I feel Macoha’s efforts in making the lives of people with disability ability-oriented equate to almost nothing when the organisation envelops the term handicapped.

To borrow President Bingu’s words “it is like making a step forward and two backwards” to continue identifying an organisation for people with hearing challenges like Manad with the term deaf.

As the status quo remains: Do these organisations know that the first step in their advocacy job starts with their names? How can one believe in the sayings of an organisation whose name preaches the contrary?

I reckon that time is ripe for these organisations to borrow a leaf from MAP whose name changed from ‘Malawi Against Polio’ to ‘Malawi Against Physical Disabilities’ to suit its contemporary mandate. If that proves difficult, then they should at least learn from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi which after a telling obsession with its slogan ‘ Power all day, everyday’ has swallowed its pride and changed it to ‘ towards power all day, everyday’.

In all, I feel it is high time organisations like MUB, Manad, and Macoha considered amending their names to reflect the disability friendly terms they want people to use on those living with disability.

Otherwise it smacks of hypocrisy to advocate for the contrary to what you call yourself.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.dailytimes.bppmw.com/article.asp?ArticleID=14562




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Dumb, deaf boy stranded in Gulu

Thursday, 8th October, 2009

By Dennis Ojwee

A DEAF-AND-DUMB boy, looking for his parents, is stranded in Gulu. The boy, who has been stranded for over a year, neither talks nor hears but tries to write names such as Paul Karuhanga and Louis Kamukama if asked to do so in a question written in Luganda.

He is currently staying with a 39-year-old woman, Rose Ajok, at Kirombe- Alokolum, Layibi division in Gulu municipality.

Ajok said she no longer had means to sustain the boy and her six children.
“The boy has frequently attempted to commit suicide by lying in the road to be knocked dead since he has failed to get back to his parents, ” she said.

“His soul will haunt me if he dies in my custody because he has eaten my food. In Acholi culture, it is a misfortune if the person you have kept and given food dies from your home,” Ajok lamented.

Due to the boy’s suicide attempts, Ajok took him to Gulu Central Police Station Child Protection Unit for assistance.

“The Police gave me a letter referring me to the office of people with disabilities (PWD) for further help,” she explained.

The Gulu PWD chairman, Simon Ongom, said attempts to help the boy had flopped since he did not understand any of the standard sign languages for communication.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/16/697212




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Deaf Woman Chases Ghanaian Actor

Thursday, 08 October 2009

GHANAIAN ACTOR, Prince David Osei got the shock of his life when a deaf and dumb woman chased him as he walked through the streets of Nigeria, just to get his attention.

David, who was in Nollywood with colleagues Beverly Afaglo and John Dumelo to shoot an extended version of their About To Wed TV series, thought he was not popular in the country whose movie industry is almost as huge as America’s Hollywood.

David, who returned to Ghana last Wednesday, told BEATWAVES that he was astonished by the kind of reception he got in Nigeria.

The English and Theatre Management degree holder from the University of Ghana said right from the Nigerian Airport, people started approaching him about seeing him on TV.

“From the immigration officer to everybody, they were happy to see me.
They didn’t even search my things. They were like; ooh, we like your programme, and that was it”, he narrated.

What mesmerized him more, he noted, was a deaf and dumb woman. He said, “I was walking in the streets with some girls when I saw this woman who followed us and called “heeeei”! She can’t speak. I didn’t get it, so I asked who was she talking to or calling.

Then she started demonstrating how she saw me on TV. I stood there speechless and exclaimed waoo! She can’t speak, she can’t hear but she was able to make me out.

As a matter of fact I opened my mouth till a fly almost entered”. David said he was happy with the experience. “Such things don’t come our way in Ghana here. The best a Ghanaian could do is to say hi to us”.

David has been in Ghana’s movie industry for some years now. Acting was not really a dream come true, as he wanted to become a Lawyer or professional footballer.

It was actually Producer/Director Ivan Quashiga who discovered him and forced him into acting. Ivan gave him a platform on the Fortune Island TV series. That was how it all began.

Currently he has a lot of movies to his credit including In The Eyes of my Husband, Passion and Soul, Agony of the Christ, Sin of the Soul, The Heart of Men, Shakira, Dons of Sakawa, among others.

He also featured in Hollywood thriller The Dead, in which he starred alongside American actor Bob Freeman. The movie was shot in the U.K and Burkina Faso.

David attended De-youngsters Basic School and Accra High School before attending the University of Ghana.

He was born at the Ridge Hospital in Accra to Mr. and Mrs. Osei, both from Bekwai, Kumasi, and is the third of five brothers and two sisters.

His parents were not too keen on his acting in the beginning due to their religion, but they have since accepted his choice.

By Francis Addo

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://dailyguideghana.com/newd/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5793&Itemid=257




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Translating for the deaf

10 October 2009
By Kenan Miruka

Nancy Odipo, 33

Why did you learn to sign?

I have an elder sister, Caroline, who is deaf. She attended Mumias School for the deaf while I was young. At home I realised she had to communicate with my parents through writing. I used to attend church services at my sister’s school and I was fascinated by how they communicated but it was obvious they found it hard to communicate with those not hard of hearing.
My curiosity was instantly piqued and I felt the need to find a solution.
My sister taught me the basics of sign language and encouraged me to study the language.
After completing high school, I enrolled for a certificate course in sign language at the University of Nairobi and graduated in 2005.

Who needs a sign interpreter?

I have worked as a sign language interpreter with National Convention of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), first as a volunteer, and then later on full time basis.
I also worked with the East African Deaf Association based at Kamagambo College in South Nyanza, where I interpreted for trainee P1 teachers. Later, I worked with the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC) during their sittings across the country.

What schools did you attend?

I attended Misikhu Boarding Primary School in Bungoma before joining Ahero Girls High School in Nyando District. I studied sign language at the University of Nairobi. I also have certificate in guidance and counselling.
The NCCK sponsored my training as a P1 teacher at Kamagambo Teacher Training College. I have also completed a diploma in Public relations to boost my interaction skills with the people I work with.

Are the needs of the deaf met?

The deaf are a neglected group. People, especially in the rural areas, view them as a curse and most families abhor them. Parents do not know how to raise deaf children. Sadly, special schools in the country are few and expensive, rendering many deaf people illiterate.
Sometimes people wonder why sign language interpreters use signs yet they can speak ? this sums up society’s perception about the deaf.

Is it as easy as speaking?

It is like learning a foreign language, so you need interest. Sign language interpretation needs a lot of tolerance and one has to be keen as there is a difference between signing and interpreting. But sadly, we are never appreciated because people do not know our role.

What frustrations do you face?

In the justice system, police drop cases involving the deaf without putting in effort to look for an interpreter. It is a challenge for the deaf to report injustices against them as they are often turned away from police stations and asked to find interpreters. Eventually, they give up.
Sometimes the deaf resent us (interpreters), as they may not understand our job.
However, people are slowly getting to know that we exist, but the police are still ignorant.
Then as a mother it is difficult balancing time because my job involves a lot of travelling and I am often away from my son. People do not like women who travel a lot.
Good thing though is that my son is understanding and can take care of himself.

How do you sign legal issues?

Since I deal with the law, I have to read widely and get clear understanding of sections of the constitution so that I am conversant with legal jargon.
I can sign anything. I even attend the ACK deaf church service where I am a choir member. We sing in signs and it is fun.
Society should appreciate that the deaf as part of the population, and that they too, have equal rights with normal people.

What do you enjoy about your job?

The relief I gain from helping the helpless is enormous.
My job involves a lot of travelling, as I am the only interpreter in Western and Nyanza. Sometimes I have to visit the deaf in cells and prisons and each time I interpret, I feel the hard of hearing are getting what they deserve.

Your parting shot

I encourage everyone to learn sign language in the same way we learn English or French. Even my 11-year-old son Brandon Junior, knows sign language.
The media should also invest in sign language interpreters to cater for this section of the population. Not all information is captured by the captions and the deaf are therefore not reached.

Lucy Florah

What schools did you attend?

I attended Kakamega Muslim Primary and Keveye Girls High schools before studying sign language at the University of Nairobi under the Kenya Sign Language Research Project (KSLRP).

How did you start?

I have a deaf cousin and each time we met, I noticed she was isolated in conversation. She always asked me what the people around were saying. Sometimes the story was very interesting and to distract her, I sometimes asked her to do some chores.
I however, realised I was being unfair to her and she always came to me. I had to oblige. Initially, she could lip read before I knew the signs. She motivated me to study sign language to break the communication barrier.

Where have you worked?

I have vast experience working with people with disabilities. I have served in several NGO’s as well as the Waki Commission and The Constitution of Kenya Review Commission (CKRC). Currently, I am a freelance sign language interpreter based in Nairobi.

Your take on sign language in Kenya?

Sign language is just like any other language that is hardly appreciated in our society. Some people wonder why a normal person like me would throw hands in the air and some think we are crazy.
It needs to be taught in schools as a subject so as to cater for the hearing-impaired. Isolating them in special schools makes it difficult for them to feel part of the society.

Do the deaf always get the intended message?

Sign language is interesting. Remember there are some feelings that you cannot openly pour out in spoken language, you don’t find it difficult in signs.
The worst case happens when somebody asks you not to interpret what he or she has just said in the middle of a conversation when your client (the deaf) was following the conversation.

How do you cope with the challenges?

First, society has a negative attitude towards the deaf with some families and communities thinking the deaf are a curse.
This makes it difficult when advocating for the rights of the hearing-impaired. Many do not understand why we should be paid because they think our job is not a profession but a calling we should volunteer for.
I try to advocate for the rights of the deaf through different organisations. I hope society will become more enlightened on the matter.

What drives you?

Sign language interpretation is fun and interesting. I love it because it is natural.

Are the deaf in Kenya recognised?

No. There should be a clause in the constitution to protect them. The Disability Act section 14 of 2003 has not been fully implemented. The convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) that our country ratified early this year is yet to be domesticated.
The matter deserves serious attention from the government.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
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Disabled women are better in bed - Studio 263 actress

By MLUNGISI MOYO October 13, 2009

HARARE - Disabled Studio 263 actress Benhilda Marume, who acts as Tamara Mbambo in the locally-produced soap, says disabled women are much better in bed than able-bodied females.

The controversial actress challenged men to sample disabled people to debunk the myth. She says there is a misconception that disabled people were not capable of performing between the sheets.

“Some people think that we cant perform in bed but that is not true because we can do it better than other women,” she said. “Its a matter of understanding each other and learning the positions.”

Tamara was wheel-chair confined after a freak car accident back in March 1999. She broke her spinal chord.

“Culturally people did not understand women with disabilities,” she said. “Its differenet with our male counterparts because most of them get to marry people without disabilities. The first thing that comes to most people’s minds is whether she will be able to perform duties such as sex, washing, cooking for the in-laws.

“If you are spinal-chord injured like me, the assumption is that you cant do anything. But nothing can be further from the truth,” she said proudly at a media sensitisation workshop for people living with physical challenges.

Tamara is a symbol of hope to many disabled people in the locally produced TV serial drama, that is presenting social issues about HIV and AIDS. The soap is returning to ZTV next month, but is also screening on DStv, where it has received a ringing endorsement from African viewers after its debut on DStv, Channel 115, Africa Magic Plus.

Studio 263 has presented its storyline in sensitive ways that have helped people question long-accepted behavior patterns. The drama aims to improve the physical, mental, and social well-being of Zimbabwean youth by helping them understand the risks and responsibilities associated with sexual activity, especially HIV and AIDS and unwanted pregnancy.

Studio 263, the name derived from the country’s international dialing code, is the story of a young woman, Vimbai Jari, from a lower middle class family who decides to try out for the prestigious Miss Zimbabwe pageant.

The story focuses on her relentless struggle to overcome different obstacles at home and work, her relationship with her lover, family members, friends, and her financial responsibilities. She eventually emerges a confident, assertive winner, and a woman of substance.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.zimgossip.com/?p=791




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MTN provides enhancement for the hearing impaired October 13, 2009 in Company News, Mobile and Telecoms

MTN South Africa has announced the introduction of a new portable device, the HearIt Mobile Bluetooth accessory, which caters to the needs of hearing-impaired customers. The device, which weighs only 71 grams, amplifies and transmits sound via Bluetooth from the mobile phone directly to the hearing aid telecoil or headphones and loops around the neck of the user, leaving their hands free.

Says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer for MTN SA: “MTN prides itself on being a customer-centric organisation and is cognizant of the fact that our customer base is diverse, and includes hearing impaired persons who use hearing aids. Surveys have shown that many hearing aid users have problems speaking on their mobile phones as a result of the interaction between the microphone in their hearing aid and the mobile phone which causes feed-back. This product addresses this problem and provides the user with a convenient, wireless solution that’s free from interference and feedback, enhancing their quality of hearing.”

HearIt Mobile offers customers with hearing aids a secure, hands-free mobile telephone experience, with an excellent sound quality from their cell phones, even in situations with high levels of background noise.

Added to this, the HearIt Mobile device offers a host of useful functions, including the ability to answer and end calls with a single button, simple volume adjustment, built-in microphone, Bluetooth connection indicator with personal code security, as well as a battery charge level indicator. Estimated battery life is 14 hours of usage, with a six hour charge time. The device works with any hearing aid equipped with a built-in telecoil and will initially be offered with the Nokia 2700, Samsung C3053 and Sony Ericsson W205 handsets.

Says Mark de Clark who has been using the HearIt mobile device in a trial: “This little device has changed my life! I have substantial middle ear damage to both ears and wear a hearing aid in each ear. Aside from the fact that it is often difficult to hear the cell phone ring anyway, which makes using a cell phone quite frustrating, it is a mission to use a cell phone ? I have to remove my hearing aid to be able to use a cell phone. Now, the device lets me know when there is a call coming in and as it connects directly to my hearing aid, I don’t have the inconvenience of having to first remove my hearing aid, and the sound quality is amazing. “

The HearIt Mobile Bluetooth device is immediately available from MTN Direct (www.mtndirect.co.za) or by simply calling 083 123 3667 to order.

This includes free SIM and connection, as well as free delivery.

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http://www.itnewsafrica.com/?p=3231




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STANCHART: Cash prize for disabled increased

15 October 2009

Physically challenged athletes who will participate in this year's Standard Chartered marathon scheduled for 25th of this month will have something to smile about after their prize money was increased Thursday.

This follows the presentation of a 420,000 shillings cheque by the Christian Blind Mission, CMB to the local organizing committee.

This year's race which will be celebrating its seventh year since inception is billed to be the best following the increase in registered participants and overwhelming interest by the corporate partners.

The cash reward has gone up from 50,000 shs to 70,000 shillings.

Preparations for this year's race which is expected to draw over 20,000 runners are currently in top gear with the deadline for registration expected to close on Sunday.

The overall winner in the 42 kilometer race will pocket 1 million shillings and also stand a chance to walk away with a total of 250,000 if he breaks the course record.

Elsewhere, Preparations for the 2010 Africa Athletics championships are in top gear following a gazette notice published Wednesday.

This was revealed by Athletics Kenya chairman Isiah Kiplagat while releasing the calendar of events for the 2009/2010 season which kicks off with a total of six cross country meetings to be held across the country to select a team to represent Africa in next year's IAAF World Cup to be held in Croatia.

The government is set to release Monday next week Kshs 30M shillings to the AK secretariat. Other top events to look forward to in the new calendar includes the World Junior Athletics championships, Africa Senior Athletics Championships in Nairobi, 1st Youth Olympic Games and the World Athletics Final.

At the same time the federation full council members agreed to remove David Kosgei and Gregory Kilonzo from its list of coaches after the two were found guilty of breaching the federation rules.

Kiplagat also sent a warning to teachers who secretly sneak out students from schools to go and run in international events.

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http://www.kbc.co.ke/story.asp?ID=60435




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Nigeria: Iwu Makes Case for Disabled Voters

Jude Opara
15 October 2009

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Abuja - Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Maurice Iwu, yesterday said democracy cannot thrive in any country where a significant number of its citizens are excluded from the political process.

He made the observation in Abuja, when the commission donated office equipment to the National Association of Persons with Disabilities (NAPWD).

Iwu told NAPWD that the equipment was given in keeping with the commission's pledge to partner with it in conducting elections that were free, fair and generally acceptable.

He, however, advised members of the association to put the equipment into good use in educating members of the public on the electoral processs.

The equipment consists of computers and printers.

Responding, President of the Association, Danlami Bashir, said he was overwhelmed by the commission's kind gesture.

He, then, urged the commission to set up a disability desk and to put electoral literature in Braille to enable his members have access to electoral education, which will give them a sense of belonging.

Bashir equally requested the electoral body to collaborate with the United States government to install Electronic Audio Machines (EAM) in its offices across the country for the benefit of members of his association.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200910150812.html




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Disabled mom may lose home

19 October 2009
Mhlaba Memela

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WORRIED: Thembekile Ngubo says Ithala Bank has threatened to kick her
out of her house because she cannot afford to pay the R945 a month bond
instalments. Both her legs were amputated after she was diagnosed with
diabetes.

Three children drop out of school
A DISABLED single mother of three fears her family will be left homeless
because she cannot afford payments on her house.

A former department of finance employee, Thembekile Ngubo, 57, of Ulundi
in KwaZulu-Natal, was confined to a wheelchair after both her legs were
amputated because of diabetes.

Ngubo was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990.

“My life got worse in 1995 when the illness forced me to spend months
in and out of intensive care at various hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.

“I have also had several operations and have been confined to a
wheelchair after both my legs were amputated because of diabetes,” she
said.

Ngubo’s children have dropped out of school because she cannot afford
their school fees on her meagre pension.

She said Ithala Bank threatened to repossess her house if she failed to
pay the R945 monthly bond instalments, though she had declared that she
was disabled and unemployed.

“They threatened to repossess the house if I fail to pay. I can’t lose
this house because I have nowhere else to go to. I am forced to pay R945
every month to keep this house, though the bank assured me that the
insurance will settle my debt when I fell sick,” she said.

“I was treated like dirt by officials when I wanted to know why my
insurance documents were not processed. They once sent me to their
Durban office, where I also experienced trauma from staff who
subsequently failed to help me.

“They told me to go back to work despite seeing that I was in a
wheelchair and my legs were amputated,” Ngubo said.

“My children dropped out of school because the little money we have can
’t even provide a meal for a day.”

Ithala chief executive Sipho Shabalala promised to look into Ngubo’s
matter.

“We will be visiting her home this week to understand what might have
led to the situation and try to assist her,” he said.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.sowetan.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=1079743




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Visually impaired woman with triplets seeks help

October 20, 2009

Suhum, Oct. 20, GNA - The Senior Nursing Officer in-charge of the
children's Ward at the Suhum Government Hospital, Miss Mary Siantey, has
appealed to benevolent societies, religious organizations and the
Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs to help care for a set of
triplets and their mother, Rebecca Magiki at Santramo Number One, a
farming community, near Suhum.

Making the appeal at the Suhum Government Hospital where the triplets
and their mother are on admission, Miss Siantey said Rebecca, a 27-year-
old visually impaired woman, already have three children and is
unemployed.

She said the father of the babies abandoned the family after the
delivery of the triplets.

Miss Siantey said the mother and the six children were now staying with
their 83-year-old grandfather, Opanyin Kwadjo Nimo, in the community.

She said because of the poor conditions in which the children lived they
often become sick.

GNA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_humaninterest/r_8824/




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Uganda: Stanbic Inject Shs6 Million in KKL Disabled Kids' Training

Andrew Mwanguhya
21 October 2009

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Kampala Kids League have embarked on an ambitious programme to encourage more children with disability to participate in sports.

KKL main sponsors, Stanbic Bank have come out to sponsor the coach- training programme that starts at the end of this month with Shs6m.

Over 200 children with physical and intellectual disability have already taken part in the KKL "A" League which adapts sports rules to allow children with a range of disabilities participate together.

The first course will have more than 12 coaches trained on how to expand the programme across the country and region while the other will provide coaches with basics on how to equip children with disabilities opportunity to participate in competitive sports.

"We are proud to once again render our support to KKL in this new venture to provide opportunity for the physically and mentally challenged youngsters" said Daniel Nsibambi, Stanbic Communications Manager.

KKL Country Director Trevor Dudley said two trainers from APAID, a specialist organisation in Europe will supervise the training.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200910210152.html




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Why donors must do more than doling out hearing aids

A student at the Kitui School for the Deaf is fitted with a hearing aid donated by the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Beneficiaries need training to use and take care of the delicate gadgets. Photo/LIZ MUTHONI

By KIRURI KAMAU

Posted Wednesday, October 21 2009 at 00:00

A recent press report indicated that a US-based organisation in conjunction with a local university, hospital and some other local philanthropists had organised the treatment of some 1,500 children with hearing problems and given them hearing aids.

The children came to Nairobi from all over the country for the screening and treatment.

By the end of the exercise, the report went on, at least 8,000 hearing aids will have been given out.

The people behind this effort did all the right things.

Professionals screened and diagnosed the type and degree of deafness before giving out the hearing aids.

Hopefully, the beneficiaries also got proper training on how to use and take care of the gadgets to get maximum benefits from them.

Philanthropic efforts

Unfortunately experience in this country shows that after the initial excitement generated by such philanthropic efforts, there is often great disappointment and disillusionment by the beneficiaries almost as soon as they go back home.

Hearing aids are delicate gadgets that need careful handling and care and donors, unfortunately, usually do not provide the needed after- service.

Most of those who benefited from the recent exercise come from the rural areas where the only repairman available at the local market deals exclusively with shoes.

Most users are also usually too poor to afford to take care of the gadgets.

It is most likely that the majority of the recent proud owners will abandon them in a few weeks for as small a problem as an expired battery.

The gadgets improve the hearing and speech comprehension of people who have hearing problems that may have resulted from damage to the sensory cells in the inner ear.

Damage usually occurs from disease, ageing, injury from noise or from medication that went wrong.

But they do not cure deafness, a misconception that is quite prevalent.

A hearing aid is basically an amplifier and the greater the damage the more severe the hearing loss and consequently the greater the hearing aid amplification needed.

There are, however, practical limits to the amount of amplification a hearing aid can provide.

If the inner ear is too damaged even large vibrations will not be converted into neural signs and a hearing aid will be of no practical use.

All hearing aids don’t work the same way and their functioning depends on the electronics fitted.

There are two types of electronics? analogue and digital.

Analogue aids convert the sound waves into electrical signals and are custom build to fit the needs of each user.

Analog technology is more basic and therefore more appropriate and cheaper for local use but these days an audiologist can programme the aid using a computer.

Digital aids can be specifically programmed to amplify some sounds more than the others and to focus on sounds coming from a certain direction and shut out all other static.

There are three basic styles of hearing aids which differ by size, their placement on or outside the ear and the degree to which they amplify the sound.

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids have a hard plastic case worn behind the ear and connected to a plastic ear mould worn inside the ear.

The electronic parts are held in the case behind the ear.

New type small open-fit BTE are fitted with a narrow tube inserted into the ear canal which enables the canal to remain open.

In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids fit completely inside the ear and are used for mild to severe hearing loss.

Some ITE are fitted with a telecoil, a small magnetic coil that allows users to hear conversations over the telephone.

It also helps people hear in public facilities installed with special sound systems called induction loops.

The technology is not here yet a but in developed countries loop systems are installed in churches, schools, airports and auditoriums and hearing aids users immediately switch on their telecoil when they enter the facilities.

ITE aids should not be fitted to children because the casings will have to be replaced as often as the ear grows.

Canal hearing aids fit into the ear canal and are available in two styles.

In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is made to fit the shape and size of the ear canal while a completely-in-canal (CIC) is partially hidden in the ear canal. Both types of canal hearing aids are used for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.

The selection of a hearing aid should be guided by the severity of one’ s hearing loss and the ambience and environment in which it will be used.

Price, too, is a key determinant on the quality and the effectiveness of a hearing aid.

A functional basic hearing aid will cost at least Sh8,000 but a state-of -the-art gadget can be upwards of hundreds of thousands of shillings, not counting the cost of maintenance.

Remember. Hearing aids are not a cure for deafness and only work where one has residual hearing.

Profoundly deaf people will not benefit from a hearing aid however technologically advanced it is.

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In Sierra Leone, Deaf & Dumb on the Rampage

A large number of deaf and dumb citizens, claiming to be members of the Sierra Leone Association for the Deaf and Dumb (SLADD), yesterday took to the streets of Freetown, calling for the resignation of the President and Executive members of their association.

The protest that lasted for several hours, thereby disrupting normal businesses in some major streets in the capital city of Freetown, was done in the form of displaying placards and chanting revolutionary words against their leaders, especially the President of the Association.

The protesting deaf and dumb citizens, who departed their organisation’s Mountain Cut Headquarters in the east end of Freetown, processed through major streets and finally converged at the Central Police Division, where they submitted their grievances to the Local Unit Commander (LUC).

The protesters called for the resignation of their President, Ramatu Sesay, and her entire executive, on grounds that they have overstayed their tenure in office.

Leader of the protesters, in a rather hurt tempered voice and red eyed mood, with the help of a translator, alleged that Ramatu Sesay and her team of executive members are nothing but liabilities to them.

Mohamed Kakay said the present executive has been in office for over eight years now, adding that this occurrence is in total contrast with the association’s constitution, which, he said, allows an executive to stay in office for only two years to be followed by an election.

Mr. Kakay also pointed out that the executive members recently converted to their personal use the whopping sum of four thousand British Pounds donated to the association by their international donors. "They have since failed to account for the money in question," he disclosed.

He, on behalf of his colleagues, demanded the immediate resignation of the executive to be followed by an election.

President of SLAAD, Ramatu Sesay denied all the allegations, whilst accusing the protesters of being a section of their members that has refused to support her administration.

She denied knowledge of the money she is accused of misappropriating, adding that her association has never received such funds.

Addressing the protesters and a cross section of the executive, the Local Unit Commander for the Central Police Division, Chief Superintendent S.B Kargbo, cautioned the two parties to be law abiding, while assuring them of an amicable resolution of the matter.

He then scheduled to meet with the two parties on Monday 26th October 2009 for a final resolution on the matter.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200513410.shtml




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ウガンダで10月に世界盲ろう大会、ヘレンケラー世界会議、開催

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

THE MEDIA BRIEF BY HON. SULAIMAN KYEBAKOZE MADADA ON THE 9th HELEN KELLER WORLD CONFERENCE AT THE UGANDA MEDIA CENTER 25TH AUGUST 2009

The National Association of the Deaf blind in Uganda (NADBU) in conjunction with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development will be hosting the 9th Helen Keller World Conference here in Uganda between 22nd - 27th, October 2009 at Speak Resort Munyonyo. This will be the first conference to be held on the African continent

Helen Keller World Conference is an international event held after every five years. It was last held in Finland in 2005. After the one in Uganda this year, the subsequent one will be in Japan in 2014.
The conference is used as a platform for discussing issues concerning deafblindness as a critical agenda in development and human rights.

Helz

National Association of the Deafblind in Uganda?NADBU in conjunction with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is privileged to be hosting this forthcoming 9th Helen Keller World Conference which is to be held together with the 3rd General Assembly of World Federation of the Deaf blind in Uganda (WFDB) and the Founding General Assembly of African Federation of the Deafblind in Kampala in October, 2009.

These three events are going to lay a platform for mainstreaming issues of persons with deafblindness and PWDs in general in development programs. These are historic events for the Government of Uganda, NADBU and the disability fraternity. Uganda is the first African country to host these two great events in the world.
Conference theme: “Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; changing the lives of persons with deaf blindness”.

Governments Mandate: The above theme is within the mandate and aspirations of the Government of Uganda on the matters of disability in this country. The government has already demonstrated its commitment to such aspirations by not only enacting the PWDs Act of 2006 and putting in National disability policy but also ratifying the convention on Rights of Persons with Disability. Government is further in the process of finalising the Policy guidelines and the National Programme Plan of action on Disability. With these legal and planning frameworks in place, it’s our conviction that the lives of PWDs including the Deaf blind will be changed for the better.

Government of Uganda is also committed to ensuring that the rights of PWDs is promoted and protected including the tactile communication for the Deaf blind.
Expected Guest of Honour: H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
Plenary Speakers: UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, Uganda Government Representatives, President of World Federation of the Deafblind, Uganda Disability Fraternity and others from the international deafblind fora.

Expected Participants: 400 participants from all over the World
Host: National Association of the Deafblind in Uganda (NADBU) in conjunction with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

Objectives:
To provide opportunities for persons with deafblindness, governments and stakeholders from different countries to deliberate on how they can use The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to improve the conditions of living as reflected in the theme of the Conference “changing the lives of persons with deafblindness”.
Outcomes:
Persons with Deafblindness will gain knowledge and best practices on how to use the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to demand for their rights and bring positive change in their lives. Persons with Deafblindness from Africa will hold a founding general assembly and form The African Federation of the Deafblind - a continental unified voice for all persons with Deafblindness in Africa.

Stakeholders and the general public will get to know about deafblindness as a unique disability and its effect on the population and are willing to address it through a massive immunization campaign.
NADBU in conjunction with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development will translate the concept “Deafblindness” in the four major local languages for public use so that the public gets to understand deafblindness as a separate disability -separate from being just blind and being just deaf - with different social and physical barrier limiting some members of the society in realizing their rights and living meaningful and decent lives.

The media will be brought on board as a new strategic partner in promoting the rights of the deafblind persons in Uganda.

For God and my Country
Contacts:

The Commissioner for Disability and the Elderly
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
Simbamanyo House
Plot 2 Lumumba Avenue
P.O Box 7136 Kampala
Tel: 0414-
Mob. Tel. 0772593920
Email: baryayebwah@yahoo.com

The National Association of the Deafblind in Uganda (NADBU)
Plot 56 Kanjokya Street - Kamwokya,
P. O. Box 16111 Wandegeya, Kampala
Uganda
Tel: 256-0312 276646
Mob: 256-772-856605
Email: deafblinduganda@yahoo.com
Web: www. deafblinduganda.org
World Federation of the Deafblind in Uganda (WFDB)
Lex Grandia, Snehvidevej 13, DK 9400 Noerresundby, Denmark
Phone: +45 98 19 20 99
Fax: +45 98 19 20 57
e-mail: lex.grandia@mail.dk
wfdb@wfdb.org
website: www.wfdb.org

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http://www.mediacentre.go.ug/details.php?catId=3&item=546




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Deaf, blind to hold world conference

Thursday, 10th September, 2009

THE National Association of the Deafblind in Uganda (NADBU) will host the ninth Helen Keller World conference starting October 22, at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

It will be held in commemoration of the late Keller’s works as the first deaf and blind American author, activist, lecturer and poet.

NADBU co-ordinator Anthony Lusaggi said the conference would provide opportunities for persons with deafblindness, governments and stakeholders to deliberate on how they can use the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with disabilities to improve the lives of the deafblind.

Uganda will be the first country to host this event on the African continent. NADBU is a member of the World Federation of the Deafblind.
NADBU in conjunction with two other NGOs, Mental Health Uganda (MHU) and Uganda National Action on Physical Disability (UNAPD) are also implementing an awareness project on the rights of disabled persons.

NADBU was started in 2005 and currently has 500 members (deafblind). It operates in seven district of Gulu, Arua, Bundibugyo, Masaka, Lira, Mukono and Tororo.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL

http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/694282




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President appoints head of National Council of Persons with Disability October 22, 2009

Accra, Oct. 22, GNA - President John Evans Atta Mills has appointed Mr. Duut Bonchel Abdulai as the Acting Executive Secretary for the National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD)

A statement issued in Accra on Thursday from NCPD said the appointment took effect from October 15, 2009.

Mr. Abdulai is a graduate from University of Ghana, Legon, and a social development worker.

He is the first Executive Secretary to be appointed since the Council was inaugurated in April 2009.

GNA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_politics/r_8870/




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Terence Parkin: Deaflympics giant

Brad Morgan

22 October 2009

Lost among the world and South Africans records set at the recent Fina/ Arena Swimming World Cup in Durban was a strong performance by deaf swimmer Terence Parkin in the men's 200 metres breaststroke.

Back in 2000, he made himself known to the world by winning silver in the same event at the Sydney Olympic Games.

Now 29, he made his return to competitive swimming a good one, clocking two minutes, 8.64 seconds, which, as was pointed out by the coach of the 2000 Olympic Games team, Wayne Riddin, was comparable to the times Parkin was swimming back then.

World Championship medals
Parkin has been an exceptional performer for many years now. Back in 2000, at the Short Course World Championships in Athens, he won silver in both the 200 metres breaststroke and the 400 metres individual medley.

Much like Michael Phelps has become a giant of the Olympics Games, culminating in his record-setting eight gold medals at the Beijing Games in 2008, so too has Parkin become a giant in the world of the deaf at the Deaflympics.

In 2001, at the Rome Deaflympics, Parkin claimed five titles ? the 100 and 200 metres freestyle, the 100 and 200 metres breaststroke, and the 400 metres individual medley. That, however was merely a precursor to one of the most astounding collection of results imaginable at the next Deaflympics in 2005 in Melbourne.

Incredible success
In that year he became the most successful competitor in the history of the Games by winning an incredible 12 gold medals and one silver.

In the freestyle, he won the 100 and 400 metres in Games' record times and captured the 200 and 1 500 metres with world records.

He won the 50 metres breaststroke in a world time and also claimed the 100 and 200 metres titles.

To this he added the 200 metres butterfly, with another world record, as well as the 200 and 400 metres individual medley. Parkin was also part of another two world records in the 4 by 100 medley relay and the 2 by 200 freestyle relay.

His only silver came in the 4 by 100 relay.

His success spoke volumes about his fitness, his competitive drive, and his excellence.

Thanks mostly to Parkin, South Africa in third place overall on the medal table, with 19 medals, including 13 gold, four silver and two bronzes.

2009 Deaflympics
In recent times, Parkin's focus has been on cycling, but he was back in the pool for the 2009 Dealympics in Taipei and once again, he was back on the winning trail.

He was unbeaten in the swimming in the seven events he entered, claiming gold in the 50, 100, and 200 metres breaststroke, the 200 and 400 metres individual medley, and the 200 and 1 500 metres freestyle.

On top of this, he proved he was excellent at cycling too by finishing third in the 93-kilometre road race.

Cycling
His cycling success shouldn't have surprised anyone. In 2006, he won gold at the World Deaf Cycling Championships in the road race and picked up silver in the mountain bike event.

With Parkin leading the way, South Africa finished eighth on the medal table with eight golds, two silvers and two bronze medals.

That he managed the success that he did, and that he did it at the age of 29, confirmed Parkin as an exceptional athlete and most successful athlete in the history of the Deaflympics, much like Phelps in the Olympics.

Deaflympic medals haul
Parkin has won 29 medals in four visits to the Deaflympics; prior to the Melbourne Olympic Games, he claimed seven medals at the 1997 Deaflympics in Copenhagen: gold in the 200 metres freestyle, silver in the 100 metres backstroke, bronze in the 200 backstroke, gold in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, and gold in the 200 and 400 individual medley.

That figure of 29 medals is unlikely to be matched by Phelps in his Olympic career.

A loyal supporter of the Midmar Mile and winner of the event in 2000 and 2002, Prakin received a cheque of R20 000 from the organisers of the world's largest open water swimming event who also presented the Deaf Association with a cheque of R20 000.

Through his interpreter, Parkin responded: "Thank you, thank you. Midmar Mile has been very much part of my life and will always be. I will be there next year and who knows what I may be able to do then."

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.southafrica.info/news/sport/swimming-parkin-221009.htm#




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MP donates wheel chair to disabled man

22 October, 2009 10:00:00 By Njabulo Dlamini

MBABANE West MP Johannes Shongwe has donated a wheel chair to Ndleleni Magagula, a Mahwalala man living with disabilities.

Ndleleni said the donation took him by surprise.

“I must confess I doubted Shongwe will deliver the goods as MP for Mbabane West when he campaigned but have since realised this is our man.

He has, in the 12 months in office, demonstrated he has the interests of the people at heart and would do anything to ensure their lives are improved,” said Magagula who was presented with a wheelchair by the soft-spoken MP yesterday.

The wheelchair presented to Magagula is one of two received by the MP from newly appointed Republic of China on Taiwan Ambassador to Swaziland Peter Tsai.

“I’m so grateful for the donation because the wheelchair I used had become old and worn out. I could not push myself around as it was clearly not mobile. The MP is always there for me and provides both material and financial assistance; today I had planned to visit him as my supply (of food) had run out. God brought him here,” said Magagula who lives in a dilapidated structure.

The MP promised to assist put up a decent structure after the Mahwalala committee finishes its work of re-allocating plots in the area.

Magagula informed this newspaper he would be venturing into fruits and vegetable selling as well as being an airtime vendor, banking hopes on the MP’s assistance on this once again.

Accompanying the MP to the homestead was Constituency Headman Simon Ndwandwe.

MP Shongwe expressed his indebtedness to the Taiwanese Ambassador for the wheelchairs, adding that he was yet to identify a recipient for the remaining one.

“I had paid a courtesy call on his office when he made the donation of which I’m eternally grateful,” he said.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=8381




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世界盲ろう者大会第3回大会(ウガンダ)

Update on WFDB 9th Helen Keller World Conference and 3rd General Assembly 23-27 October 2009 in Uganda.

Dear friends, I want to update you on the latest development about our World Conference.

At the venue we planned for our conference the necessary accessibility features were not in place.

WFDB has selected another venue in Uganda.

I had the opportunity to inspect the facilities in the first week of February and the local organising committee in Uganda established by NADBU, the Ugandan National Association of Deafblind hosting the conference had its meeting there on February 10th.

The venue of the conference is the Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Speke resort is a 5 star resort, situated 12 km outside Kampala on the shore of lake Victoria. The airport Entebbe is about 35 km away.

The resort is fully accessible.

www.spekeresort.com

It has 449 rooms, so all participants can stay at the same place.

Room Prices

102 USD per day for a single de luxe room with breakfast including all taxes

140 USD per day for a de luxe Double room/ twin room with breakfast including all taxes

All rooms have air condition, bathroom with bathtub (a few with showers) refrigerator which can be stocked as minibar, safe, balcony or terrace with chairs, insect screen, mosquito net, flatscreen tv with 30 channels, telephones, coffe/tea maker and 24 hours room service.

1litre of mineral water per person per day is included in the price

Free internet access in the room if you bring your own laptop and free wireless internet on the conference site

Swimming pool and health club at no extra fee

Golf carts for a joy ride around the resort

The venue has a large garden with waterfalls and fountains and a new marina where boats can be hired.

Boat trips on the Victoria lake (at a fee)

Horse riding (at a fee)

The conference venue is closed and has a gate with access control and security staff. It is therefore completely safe to move around in the resort. The resort hosted the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2007 and many heads of states from the Commonwealth countries stayed at the resort.

Registration for the conference can be done by filling our the enclosed registration form

Registration fee for deafblind persons Assistants, interpreters, and family members

Registration before May 15th 200 Euro per person

Registration May 16th tto July 31 250 Euro per person

Registration fee for all others

Registration before May 15th 250 Euro per person

Registration May 16th to July 31 300 Euro per person

Includes Conference pack, conference material 5 Lunches with water/ soda , breaks, mineral water, 23-27 Oct. Reception 22Oct but no dinners.

Dinners will be paid by participants. Dinner buffet is available in Speke Munyonyo hotel at 20 USD incl mineral water/ soda + 23 % tax

A la carte dinner at prices from 12- 20 USD pr person

Day Guests 50 USD per day including coffe/tea and lunch with water/ soda.

Airport transfer has to be paid by participants, but transport will be organised

A minibus for 6-7 persons is about 30 USD from airport to hotel

A bus of 20 persons is about 45 USD

Please advice your arrival time to hkwc09@gmail.com

Registration fee

Deafblind person assistant/ interpreter/ family member

Registration before May 15th 200 Euro per person

Registration May 16th to July 31 250 Euro per person

Includes Conference pack, conference material Lunches, breaks, water, 23 -27 Oct. Reception 22 Oct

Persons who are not a deafblind person / assistant/ interpreter/ family member

Registration before May 15th 250 Euro per person

Registration May 16th to July 31 300 Euro per person

Includes Conference pack, conference material Lunches, breaks, water, 23 -27 Oct. Reception 22Oct

Day guests 50 USD per person per day incl coffe/tea and lunch

Hotel has to be booked directly by using the hotels web site www. spekeresort.com/reserve.htm

Participants who will be sponsored should not make the reservation directly to hotel but through WFDB.

WFDB will sponsor a number of deafblind WFDB members from developing countries, max one deafblind person with one assistant pr country.

WFDB can only sponsor members of WFDB from developing countries.

If you need sponsorship and you are member of WFDB and a deafblind person, please email to hkwc09@gmail.com with indications of travel cost from your country to Entebbe airport Uganda.

Greetings from Lex Grandia, World Federation of theDeafblind



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Congo-Kinshasa: Child Disability, the Forgotten Crisis

23 October 2009

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Goma - Looking at herself in the mirror, nine-year-old Helena squealed with delight at her reflection, standing upright with just the slightest support of her therapist. A year before, Helena was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and identified for therapy in Mugunga II IDP camp in Goma, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Helena, able only to crawl, had been confined to very specific spaces due to the lava in the IDP camp.

Helena was one of the lucky few to have received regular treatment.
Robert Golden, a doctor, states in the 2008 UN Children's Agency (UNICEF) report, Monitoring Child Disability in Developing Countries, that it is an "important but largely unaddressed issue". This is especially true in DRC where child disability receives little attention among the myriad crises befalling the country.

According to the UN Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), two million people are displaced in the eastern DRC.
Combine this figure with World Health Organization (WHO) data that 10 percent of the world's population suffer some form of disability, and that would mean 200,000 disabled people among the displaced, many of them children.

"Attention and funding for programmes addressing disability are largely under-funded worldwide, and particularly in Congo," says Heal Africa's Laura Keyser.

"The international community might not see disability as an emergency worth focusing on now, but it will become a full emergency if nothing is done," said Loran Hollander of Heal Africa's hospital in Goma.

Increasing Risk Factors

While funding for treatment remains minimal for agencies specializing in treating disabilities, the number of disabled children and those at risk continues to grow due to the increased risk factors brought on by the breakdown of the health infrastructure, ongoing violence and displacement in the eastern DRC.

Minimal access to healthcare, clean water, and overall poor nutrition during pregnancy lead to common congenital disabilities in children such as spina-bifida and limb deformities, and young children predisposed to early childhood diseases such as meningitis and polio, explained Keyser.

Access routes to health centres are often blocked for patients and medical teams. This lack of access leads frequently to birthing complications, child developmental delays and maternal mortality.

Furthermore, the prevalence of rape in the DRC is also linked to a probable increase in child disability. "Frequently women pregnant from rape do not seek pre- or peri-natal care, which can lead to the problems aforementioned, as well as birth trauma - either to the baby (ie lack of oxygen leading to cerebral palsy or some type of developmental delay) or to the woman (ie a fistula, which may or may not leave them incontinent)," said Keyser.

Vulnerability

"Unfortunately, disabled children are more vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, neglect and discrimination. They face reduced social participation and have less access to education and other social services than children without disabilities," states Golden.

In addition, according to Handicap International and Heal Africa, inside the camps as well as outside, children with a disability struggle daily with social stigma and discrimination.

Proper treatment, according to UNICEF, Handicap International and Heal Africa, provides the children with the physical ability to function more fully in society while also educating the community to break down stigma and social restrictions.

UNICEF notes that "early detection and intervention might confer benefits to children at risk for disability and prevent long-term functional limitations".

Jusbeen, 4, came to the Heal Africa's clinic with a serious infection, a noma, which had "scarred down" his mouth, making it difficult to eat or drink. Therapists discovered that Jusbeen also suffered from developmental delays. However, since his disability was caught early, he has undergone a significant transformation. With ongoing therapy and constant encouragement from his mother, Keyser notes, "he is now able to walk with hand-held assistance, smiles, laughs and engages in play activities which were impossible before".

Due to minimal international attention to child disability amid the numerous crises afflicting the DRC, children like Jusbeen and Helena, who received treatment, remain among the minority. "These children need all the help they can get," says UNICEF. At present, that help is limited.

[ This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations ]

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/comments/list/aans/post/post/id/200910230623.html

【付記2】Monitoring Child Disability in Developing Countries
http://www.childinfo.org/files/Monitoring_Child_Disability_in_Developing_Countries.pdf




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Current law on disability employment prone to abuse

Monday, 26th October, 2009

By Peace Serunkuma

This is a response to an article that appeared in The New Vision of September 20, entitled: “Employers of disabled to get tax-cuts”. It relates to a debate in Parliament on tax reductions for employers who employ more than 10 people with disabilities.

Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) constitute approximately 3 million of the Ugandan population. Disability means persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder full and effective participation in society on equal basis with others.

Citizens of any country have a right to employment, but PWDs the world over find it difficult to find employment, necessitating countries to enact laws to enable disabled persons to access the labour market. In Uganda, the People With Disabilities Act was enacted, among other things, to provide for the employment of PWDs in the formal sector.

The law prohibits discrimination, in regard to employment of any person on grounds of disability. The law provides for employment quotas and tax -refund of 15% to an employer who employs 10 or more disabled persons.
The state minister for elderly and disability affairs is expected to determine the quota in consultation with the employer organisations. The minister then publishes the quota and demands returns from employers on employment of PWDs.

Furthermore, the minister is supposed to report to Parliament on the employment situation of disabled persons. Three years have gone by and the minister has not implemented these provisions.

Under the famous section 17, an employer who employs 10 or more employees with disabilities (including apprentices or learners) is entitled to a tax refund of 15% (now reduced to 2%) of all payable taxes.
This is a very generous legal provision given by Parliament to employers in the name of employing PWDs persons.

No wonder the minister of finance reported to Parliament that some employers were exploiting this provision in the Act leading to an estimated loss of sh20b in tax revenue per annum. The Government could have lost even more than that.

When we talk about employment, it may mean permanent and pensionable or contract employment but may also mean casual, voluntary or temporary employment. It could also mean employment as a manager but it may also mean being employed as a sweeper, tea girl, messenger or such low level employment.

With regard to tax refund, the law talks about all payable taxes like the profit tax, corporate tax, VAT, import/export duty. The figure of taxes payable annually by a large employer may be in millions of shillings and even 2% of all payable taxes could far exceed the total wages paid to the 10 disabled sweepers, tea girls and receptionists.

An employer can hire 10 employees with disabilities in such low level jobs on temporary or causal basis and claim tax refund. He may even under pay them since they are disabled and there is no law on minimum wage.

It is, therefore, questionable whether the amount lost in tax refunds justifies the employment of 10 people with disabilities and whether this incentive is beneficial to disabled persons in general.

The law does not provide for a clear system of enforcement and monitoring. The law must be clear on the term employment to protect people with disabilities against exploitation by some employers who may employ them on casual or temporary basis for purposes of claiming tax refund.

Furthermore, the incentive should include the quota system. The law should provide absolute numbers for small employers and percentages of the total workforce for the large ones. This will provide for many more people with disabilities to be employed.

There should be a system to check abusers of the law. The employers should be required to send returns to the minister at the end of each financial year. Inspectors should be deployed to carry out spot-checks on the returns submitted by the employer. An employer’s claim for refund should be certified by the inspectors.

The law should provide for sanctions against employers who fail to comply with these provisions.

Finally the law needs to be overhauled because there are some provisions which do not provide people with disabilities persons with legal recourse such as “government shall encourage”. The overhauling of this Act should provide the opportunity to enact a new one which would reflect the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The convention covers, in a more comprehensive way, the rights of persons with disabilities.

The writer is a project officer,
Uganda National Action on Physical Disability

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/459/699132




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Uganda People News: African governments urged to help the deaf

First published: 20091028 12:18:29 PM EST

Ugpulse Uganda

African governments have been called upon to pay more attention to the needs of the deaf and the blind.

The President of the World Federation of the Deaf, Grandia Lex says the blind and deaf people have problems with communication since they require accessories that are usually very expensive.

The President says the blind and deaf people need brail displays and listening aids among other things.

Grandia says the individual African governments should address the problem by changing the education system to cater for the deaf and blind.

He commends the ruling National Resistance Movement government for introducing affirmative action.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ugpulse.com/articles/daily/news.asp?about=African+governments+urged+to+help+the+deaf&ID=13126




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【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2009年10月

斉藤@AJF事務局です。

現在、生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内の[amazon]をクリックして購入された本のアフィリエイト・フィーを僕が受け取り、AJFへ寄付する仕組みができています。
このアフィリエイトの仕組みについては、以下を見てください。
 http://www.arsvi.com/b/a.htm
アマゾンを利用される方は、ぜひこの仕組みを活用して、AJFへの寄付につなげてください。

10月は371点(本、PC、DVD、家電、飲料ほかを含む)、632,498円の販売が対象となり、紹介料は33,232円でした。

○10月に対象数が多かった書籍

税を直す  5冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4791764935/ryospage03-22


介助現場の社会学―身体障害者の自立生活と介助者のリアリティ 3冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4903690458/ryospage03-22
 文字通り自分自身の介助者としての体験をベースに書いています。

今後も、使っているプリンターのトナーやインク、USBメモリー、またコピー用紙などが必要な際にも、以下の利用法を参照して、アフィリエイトにつながる購入をしてもらえるとうれしいです。
10月29日に8月分アフィリエイト・フィー41,421円をAJFへ寄付しました。

アマゾンを利用する際に、以下のいずれかの手順を踏んでもらえると、上記の寄付につがなります。

1)生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト、もしくは僕のウェブサイトにある本のリストから本を選びアマゾンを利用する。
 生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト http://www.arsvi.com
 僕のサイト http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ls9r-situ

 ※上記いずれかを「お気に入り」もしくは「ブックマーク」登録されると、アフィリエイト利用が簡単になります。

2)生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内上記のアフィリエイト説明ページ、僕のウェブサイトの各ページにあるアマゾンへのリンクからアマゾンへ入って、本、DVD、CD、PCおよび周辺機器、日用品などを購入する

3)メーリングリスト、mixiで僕が本と一緒に紹介するアマゾンへのリンクを利用する


どうぞよろしく。


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Uganda: Education Unleashes Potential Among Deaf

Flavia Lanyero
2 November 2009

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Kampala - Member of Parliament for people with disability, Mr Alex Ndeezi is the epitome of what an education can do for the deaf.

Ndeezi says that as long as he has an interpreter, he is able to execute his parliamentary duties, speak and officiate at functions and carry out all functions effectively.

He told Daily Monitor in an interview, that education has made a difference for him as it allows him to communicate and get employment.

Ndeezi graduated from Makerere University in 1997 with a degree in Social Science and now holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights. According to him, education is an essential breakthrough that all deaf people should enjoy.

Unfortunately, very often, if a child is born deaf, blind or disabled, he is considered a non-productive member of society. But deaf people who have been to school say they are often underestimated. "When I was at school, I could try to lip-read the teacher but would not understand yet I very much wanted to study.

The teachers could beat us every day so that we can pick what they are teaching," narrates Ms Florence Mukasa who is also deaf.

That was before she joined Uganda School for the Deaf. After her primary education, she joined Nakawa College (now Mubs) where she studied English and typing.

Ms Mukasa also later acquired a diploma in organisation management and sign language interpretation. Today, she works with the Uganda National Association of the Deaf (UNAD) as a gender and theatre coordinator. She is also married with two children and she attributes all this success to her education.

"People who are disabled but can do something should stop sympathising with themselves and should not expect help from other people. God made you disabled but he must have given you a skill. if you have a skill, share it and use it to achieve a goal," Ms Mukasa says.

Uganda School of the Deaf in Ntinda is the oldest such institution and serves 200 pupils. On October 30, the school celebrated its golden jubilee but the head teacher Ms Juliet Tumuhairwe says they are handicapped by lack of infrastructure and reading materials.

"The school has only 23 professional teachers; there are no staff quarters, desks are few, text books are almost not there and there is need for improvement of teacher's salary," Ms Tumuhairwe told Daily Monitor. She says most of her students drop out after Primary 7 because there are no institutions to absorb them.

According to the development manager of Sense International Mr Joseph Walugembe, there are 1.8m deaf and blind persons in Uganda. Sense International provides training for sign language teachers and special needs learning materials, in addition to supporting children and families with disabled persons.

He however says that these interventions are not enough compared to the number of people who need the services.

"To train the deaf is so hard yet they have the mental potential to achieve like every one else," Mr Walugambe says. "They need special teachers and equipment designed to unleash their talent." MP Ndeezi told Daily Monitor people with disabilities have limited education opportunities, face handicaps in communication in public places and are seldom offered employment.

"If a family cannot take their child to a school with disability facilities then they have to remain at home. Government should give bursaries to disabled children from poor families," Ndeezi said.

Uganda Society of the Deaf chairman Al-Hajji Badru Bunkeddeko says deaf people and their families are the most qualified and best equipped to support, inform and advocate for the deaf community.

However, their efforts are hindered by limited access to education.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911020799.html




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Girl delivers baby during primary exams

Monday, 2nd November, 2009

An invigilator giving instructions to candidates with hearing disability at the Ntinda School of the Deaf yesterday

By Vision reporters

A PUPIL in western Uganda yesterday developed labour pains and gave birth to a bouncing baby moments after the social studies examination got underway.

Fiona Bbaale, said to be 18, got restless during the exam, drawing the attention of her supervisors.

“The pain struck sometime after the beginning of the paper. On inquiring what was wrong, the supervisors realised that the girl was pregnant,” said Deogratius Byakagaba, the Masindi district education officer.

As her colleagues at Kiryandongo Primary School continued scribbling away, Bbaale was dashed to Kiryandongo Hospital where she delivered a baby-girl.

The superintendent, Jimmy Yiga, said both the mother and baby were in good condition. But Bbaale did not have much time to enjoy her new-born baby. She immediately rushed back to school and sat for English that had been scheduled for the afternoon. Medical workers nursed the baby in her absence.

Bbaale had dropped out of school earlier this year when she discovered she was pregnant.

Head teacher Severino Odia said she returned and was allowed to continue with her studies. Six other pupils in Mihembero Primary School in Masindi also sat their PLE exams while pregnant, Byakagaba said.

A total of 516,890 pupils yesterday began their end of primary examinations, which end today.

The exams went well across the country except for Kibaale district where they kicked off after midday because of a delay in the delivery of the scripts.

According to the district inspector of schools, Patrick Munyole, the question papers arrived at 9:30am, causing a ripple effect that saw schools starting almost three hours late.

Transporters of question papers were flagged off at 11:20am. “As a district, we were ready to receive the examination papers even at midnight,” said Munyole.

Despite the hitch, he was optimistic that the pupils would sit for both papers before sunset.

District education secretary George Kibaale Bizibu, however, feared that it would affect the performance.

Delays were also recorded in Bugiri district, where pupils started responding to questions 30 minutes late. UNEB district monitor Zipollah Atieno attributed the delay to the bad roads.

In Kampala, the exercise was smooth. The New Vision established no major bottlenecks.

“The papers arrived in time,” said Fred Ssenkooto, the head teacher of Sir Apollo Kaggwa Primary School in Mengo. “All the students turned up for the examinations. We anticipate a smooth examination period.”

At Ntinda School of the Deaf, the supervisors were overwhelmed by the number of pupils with special needs.

Sarah Kayiza, a supervisors, said 52 deaf candidates sat the papers.
Among them were pupils from the schools for the deaf in Wakiso and Mulago.

“Sometimes pupils raise their hands at the same time, making it difficult to attend to them at once,” she noted.

Realising that the pupils could not work at the same pace as the others, they were allocated an extra 30 minutes. The head teacher, Mary Tumuhairwe, appealed to the Uganda National Examination Board to increase the number of interpreters for the deaf next year.

At Yudesi Primary School on Gayaza Road, a computer register from UNEB had not arrived by 10:00am but that did not affect business for the 77 pupils.

UNEB spokesperson Eva Konde said the first day of PLE saw no major problems except for a school in Bukomansimbi in Masaka district, where the administration reportedly tried to block students who had failed to clear school fees.

(Reported by Herbert Ssempogo, Pascal Kwesiga, Jeff Lule, Ismael Kasooha, Moses Bikala and Juliet Waisswa)

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/12/699880




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Nigeria: Izunaso Splashes Gift Items On the Disabled

Emma Ogu
3 November 2009

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Owerri - Relief came for hundreds of disabled men and women in Imo State yesterday, as Senator Osita Izunaso representing Orlu senatorial district, splashed various gift items on them to mark his 43rd birth day celebration.

Tears of joy flowed down the cheeks of the physically challenged persons who thronged the Sam Mbakwe hall of Concorde Hotel as Izunaso unfolded his package to them. Items handed over to them at the ceremony chaired by former Senate President, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, included 50 wheel chairs, five trycycles, three supersonic motorcycles, 200 clutches, 10 bicycles as well as 700 other gift items such as Gas cooker, telephone handsets and touch lights.

The distinguished Senator who unveiled his Kpakpando Foundation on the occasion also offered university scholarship to the 15 of the physically challenged for the year, and another oversea scholarship for two of them even as he promised to sponsor two physically challenged persons for pilgrimage to Jerusalem every year. Most of the walking aid items were said to have been donated to the foundation by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC.

Izunazo said by his gesture, he was paying back to the society what the society offered him assuring that his foundation will henceforth take care of the health and educational needs of the disabled even in his absence.

"What I am doing today is to pay back to the society what the society offered me. If the society is fair to you, you have to pay back. There is no disability God cannot handle. I want to tell you my brothers and sisters that Kpakpando foundation is your brother's keepers", he said.

Senator Pius Anyim who described the event as a solemn and remarkable, commended the Senator for extending his generousity to the disabled men and women in the society. He challenged other politicians to emulate his gesture by identifying with the welfare of the physically challenged.

Governor Ikedi Ohakim who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Sir Emma Ohakim described the Senator as a proud son of the state and commended him for his quality representation in the National Assembly including his gesture to the physically challenged.

In his own remark, former Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Walter Oforagoro, also commended Senator Izunaso for opening his door for the physically challenged through his gesture.

He said the constitution of the country provided protection to all citizens without exclusion to the physically challenged and therefore urged other prominent Nigerians to emulate Senator Izunaso who he said had shown the light to the less privileged citizens.

Responding on behalf of the recipients, Mr. Sonny Ezuruike said that Senator Izunaso by his gesture to the physically challenged had done what many politicians cannot do for them and prayed that he would be returned to the national assembly in the next election to continue his good job.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911030428.html




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Disability claims double in 6 years

November 04, 2009 Edition 4

The number of disabled people receiving social grants has doubled over the past six years, but job opportunities were few, the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities said yesterday.

Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya said opportunities had increased, particularly in the provision of social support, but there were still insufficient services for people with disabilities to participate in society. "The target of 2 percent of public service jobs to be occupied by people with disability, set by the white paper on affirmative action in the public service (in) 1998, has not yet been reached."

Speaking at the launch of disability awareness month in Lenasia, Mayende -Sibiya said the number of disabled people accessing grants had increased from 694 000 in 2002 to 1.287 million in 2008. - Sapa

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=5230802




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In Ethiopia disabled people get jobs, not hand-outs

By Emmanuel Goujon (AFP)

ADDIS ABABA - In the streets of the Ethiopian capital hundreds of disabled people beg, some from makeshift wheelchairs, the less fortunate dragging themselves on their hands from car to car.

Disabled people are seldom taken care of by institutions here; mostly they are either left to their own devices on the street or kept behind closed doors because their families are ashamed of them.

"The traditional perception is that a child with disabilities is the result of a curse, or the work of the devil," said Fantahun Melles, who heads the International Labour Organization's programmes for the disabled in Ethiopia.

"The situation is worse in the countryside than in the cities. Generally speaking, people think the only place for a disabled person is in the street to beg or in front of a church, otherwise they are ... segregated from the community, which can lead to serious mental disorders," he told AFP.

The ILO has set up a programme, with funding from Ireland, in an attempt to reintegrate disabled people into society through training courses, raising awareness and encouraging solidarity among disabled people.

Shemsia Hiyar, 38, one of the beneficiaries of the programme, has a small corrugated iron workshop in a working class district of Addis Ababa, where she makes leather bags.

"I never dreamt of having my own business, but today, even if I'm still facing challenges, I'm happy. I earn about 500 birr a month, but it can fluctuate and I employ five people including two women with disabilities," she told AFP.

Five hundred birr, equivalent to about 25 euros, is more than the average monthly salaray in Ethiopia, a poor Horn of Africa country with some 80 million inhabitants.

"I hate two things in life: dependency and begging. This program has changed my life and now even my family's perception of disabilities has changed because I'm not dependent on them, and because sometimes I even earn more than them," Shemsia said, leaning on a crutch.

An accident left her with one leg shorter than the other.

Statistics on disabled people are hard to come by in Ethiopia.

"The estimation is between seven and 10 percent of the population living with disabilities. For them the poverty level is far greater, and they suffer from discrimination," ILO's Fantahun said.

The ILO set up its programme six years ago and since then more than 1, 100 disabled Ethiopian women have undergone training while new laws have been passed to improve the status of handicapped people, notably in the world of work.

Yetnebersh Nigussie, 26, is a young blind woman full of energy. She studied law and now works in an NGO that helps disabled people. She has also started a school for underprivileged children.

"Education changed my life so I wanted to provide this weapon to other kids. Education is a tool for independence. Blindness has been my chance because I come from a poor rural family where girls are married very young, like at eight years old," she told AFP.

In her school 130 children are enrolled, many of them disabled, like six -year-old Seham Shikur.

Despite being blind, she wants to "be a pilot and fly to China".

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jo9ogynZaoW3GMdhkNnrmNY58i0A




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「アルビノ男性」殺し臓器売却の4人に死刑判決、タンザニア

(CNN) アフリカ南東部タンザニアの裁判所は6日、生まれつき色素を持た
ずに皮膚の色が白い「アルビノ」の50歳男性を殺し、臓器などを売却していた
4人に死刑判決を下した。男性は、アルビノの体には特別な力があるという伝統
的な考えから、犠牲になっていた。

タンザニアのアルビノ・センターによると、同国には約20万人のアルビノの人
々がいる。アルビノ人物の体には特別な力が宿るという伝統的な考え方が広く
残っており、臓器や体の一部が薬になったり、これらを持つことで金持ちになっ
たりすると信じられているため、過去2年間だけで子供を含む50人以上のアル
ビノの人々が殺され、すでに7人が死刑判決を受け、数十人が審理中だという。

死刑判決を受けた4人は、アルビノ男性を殺した後、体を分断して呪術医師に売
りつけたりしていた。

タンザニア政府は、アルビノの人々を守るため、警察にも指示を出している。し
かし、地方では警官の数も少なく、伝統的な考え方も根強く残っていることか
ら、犠牲者が絶えない状態だという。

アルビノ・センターでは、アルビノに関する教育活動を実施するほか、皮膚がん
にかかりやすいアルビノの人々を支援する活動を行っている。しかし、アルビノ
の人の多くが、肌の色が白いという烙印を押されて学校にも通えず、仕事にも就
けず、自分の身を守ることができない現状が続いている。



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Egyptian policeman jailed for beating disabled man

CAIRO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - A court in Alexandria sentenced a police officer to five years in jail on Saturday for detaining and beating a mentally disabled man, court and security sources said.
The officer, a major named Akram Suleiman, arrested the man in July 2008, took him to a police station in Alexandria and beat him, the sources said.
The 29-year-old victim, identified as Ragaa'i Sultan, was detained without charge for eight days before police transferred him to hospital, where he had surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain caused by the beating, the sources added.
Activists and rights groups have long accused Egyptian police of mistreating detainees with impunity. Dozens of video clips of apparent abuse have been posted on internet sites in recent years.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL7175718




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English cricketers to aid handicapped team

Sunday, 8th November, 2009

By Norman Katende

PHYSICALLY handicapped cricketers will get equipment after a training session with the Ealing Cricket Club from United Kingdom today.

The training, to take place at Lugogo in the morning, will be followed up by another session with the national women’s team in the afternoon.

Uganda Cricket Association official Davis Turinawe, said that Ealing club, making a trip to Kampala, is on a mission to help in developoment of the game in the country.

Ealing club’s visit will last 10 days.

“They will be working with various groups including the physically handicapped and the women’s team,” Turinawe yesterday explained.

The 16-man contingent is led by Peter Wellings, founder of a renown coaching excellence academy in England, includes experienced cricketers like all-rounder Chris Peploe.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/30/700524




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Pay serious attention to disability issues

November 09, 2009

He said everything should be done to help them become economically self- supporting and see themselves as important part of society.

He criticized the situation where some children with disabilities were forced to stop schooling because of social barriers including discrimination.

Nana Akufo-Addo suggested that all public buildings made provision for the disabled.

He encouraged the disabled to take inspiration from Mr Emmanuel Owusu Yeboah, who though has no legs, won an international bicycle competition and adopt the ?can do spirit?.

GNA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ghananewsagency.org/s_social/r_9238/




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HIKESHI ピースアド展(11月9日〜20日)&トークセッション(11月18日夜)@世銀東京(日比谷・富国生命ビル1階))

標記の展示会およびトークセッションについて、ご案内をさせていただきます。
東京外国語大学の伊勢崎賢治先生が中心になっているイベントです。

今回展示されているピースアドの作品の一つには、私も支援しているスーダンからの
視覚障害者の留学生(東京外国語大学博士課程在学)が立ち上げたNGOをモチーフに
したものもあります。( CAPEDS=スーダン障害者教育支援の会、URL=
http://capeds.org/default.aspx )
その視覚障害の学生が発した言葉を点字でポスターに表した単色のものです(なの
で、一見すると、真っ白なA1の紙、、!)。
このクリエーターは、電通のバリバリのアートディレクターです。
(ここをご覧ください。左上の作品です。⇒ http://go.worldbank.org/9AZMPYRPY0
 )

先週、このHIKESHIのライブコンサート(というか、伊勢崎先生のトランペット演
奏)を聞きに行ったところ、
演奏、トーク、アフガニスタン和平のこと、先日のNHKのTV番組のこと(「ようこそ
先生」 http://www.nhk.or.jp/kagaijugyou/archives/archives313.html )など、
盛りだくさんの内容でとても楽しく、勉強になりました。

このイベント(展示会でもトークセッションでも)、どんな人でも一見の価値あり、
です!

(以下、転送です)

***********************************

東京外国語大学大学院地域文化研究科平和構築*紛争予防講座(PCS)、サステナ、世界
銀行情報センター(PIC東京) 共催
(URL: http://go.worldbank.org/4153FK7Q80 )

(1)「HIKESHI ピースアド展」:2009年11月9日(月)〜11月20日(金)  午前10
時〜午後6時 土日祝閉館

 ピースアドとはプロパガンダ(戦争煽動)の毒消しや予防をする、平和構築が目的
の広告のこと。ヒケシ(HIKESHI)とは戦争の火を消す人のこと。HIKESHI クリエー
ターとは、クリエイティブの力で戦争の火を消すピースアドを制作するコピーライ
ターやアートディレクターのこと。
 今回、東京外国語大学に学ぶ紛争当事国からの留学生と、日本を代 表するアート
ディレクターが力を合わせて、習作としてのピースアド20点を制作しました。平和構
築のために、世界の戦争の火を消すために、クリエイティブ がその真価を発揮しま
す。国を越えてつながる人の心の灯を、世界が直面している炎を、クリエイティブの
閃光を、目撃してください。お待ちしております。
 ピースアド展は、文部科学省 大学院教育改革支援プログラム 東京外国語大学平和
構築・紛争予防修士英語プログラムの一環です。博報堂、電通のご協力を得て開催し
ています。

(2)「伊勢崎賢治マエキタミヤコ HIKESHI トークセッション」:2009月11月18日
(水) 午後6時30分〜8時 ※要参加申し込み

申込方法:お名前、ご所属、ご連絡先に「11月18日コーヒーアワー参加希望」と明記
の上 ptokyo@worldbank.org 宛にお送りください。
参加費は無料(コーヒー付き)。使用言語は日本語、日本手話通訳付。展示はご自由
にご覧ください。

<スピーカー紹介>
 伊勢崎賢治さん:1957年7月6日生まれ。東京外国語大学地域文化研究科平和構築紛
争予防学講座(PCS)教授。
NGO・国連職員として現地での紛争処理などに当たった実務家。日本がアフガニスタ
ンSSR(治安分野改革)のDDR(武装解除)事業のリード国(主導国)となった際、国
連アフガニスタン支援ミッションの支援を受け、DDRを指揮し、アフガン政府国防省
傘下の旧国軍約6万名の武装解除を2年間で完了した。国連シエラレオネ派遣団、国連
事務総長副特別代表上級顧問兼部長。国連東チモール暫定統治機構上級民政官。国際
連合平和維持局ニューヨーク本部主催DDR特別運営委員会日本政府代表。
 マエキタミヤコさん:1963年生まれ。1986年よりコピーライター・CMプランナー。
1997年からブランディング、クリエイティブディレクターとして、NGOの広告に取り
組み、2002年に非営利広告メディアクリエイティブ・サステナ設立。雑誌『エココ
ロ』を通して、日々、世の中を環境を意識する社会へと方向づけるために奔走。
「100万人のキャンドルナイト」呼びかけ人代表、2005年「ほっとけない世界のまず
しさ」キャンペーン実行委員、上智大学、立教大学非常勤講師、2008年より、東京外
国語大学 平和構築学(peace & conflict studies)ピースアド担当助教。

(3)関連リンク

HIKESHI ⇒ http://hikeshi.org/
サステナ ⇒ http://www.sustena.org/
東京外国語大学大学院地域文化研究科 平和構築*紛争予防講座(PCS: Peace and Conflict Studies) ⇒ http://www.tufs.ac.jp/common/pg/pcs/gp/

(4)場所、行き方、問合せ先

場所:世界銀行情報センター(PIC東京)
東京都千代田区内幸町2-2-2 富国生命ビル1階
地下鉄三田線 内幸町駅、日比谷線・千代田線・丸の内線 霞ヶ関駅下車
問合せ先:世界銀行情報センター(PIC東京) E-mail: ptokyo@worldbank.org Tel:03-3597-6650

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Zambia: Abuse, Neglect of Disabled Children

Lillian Banda
10 November 2009

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WHEN 15-year-old Esther (not real name) of Kapiri Mposhi was asked by a Kabwe magistrate to identify the perpetrator who had allegedly defiled her, she pointed at a prosecuting officer much to the dismay of the court.

Initially, Esther's family had sued a pastor of a named church in Kapiri Mposhi for allegedly defiling her and consequently making her pregnant.

They claimed that Esther was defiled during a crusade organised by the said church. However, Esther who is mentally retarded and pregnant has since failed to identify the perpetrator.

Child abuse and neglect has now been identified as an epidemic. Although all children are at risk, it is children with disabilities that are more vulnerable to abuse and neglect due to their physical and or mental status.

Sadly, many people have difficulties acknowledging that children with disabilities can be subjected to abuse and neglect. This has created an overstated level of vulnerability as children with disabilities and other key players are not prepared mentally or physically to educate then how to resist or respond to abuse.

Common early signs of abuse include physical injuries such as unexplained bruises, broken bones, burns, frequent unexplained injuries and aggressive or withdrawn behaviour among others.

However, for children with severe disabilities, the discovery of their abuse is often dependent on the physical signs such as pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), physical injuries and death in tragic instances.

Perpetrators include family members, teachers, caregivers and therapists among others.

Abuse in a child with a disability is not easy to notice. Even specialists providing services to children with disabilities may attribute clear signs of abuse to a disability.

This oversight has often left children with disabilities to remain in abusive situations for a long time.

On the other hand parents and teachers may have information about disabilities in general but lack information and training pertaining to physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

Children can be subjected to abuse and neglect anywhere. In homes, schools and institutions of care. Therefore, the need to empower them with knowledge on how to protect themselves and also to report cases of abuse to relevant authorities cannot be overemphasised.

While child abuse prevention programmes exist, they are rarely designed to cater for children with disabilities, their families and other key players.

This development is something that worries Temba Muimo, a goodwill ambassador for children with cerebral palsy.

Contrary to public perceptions, children with disabilities can resist abuse attempts when empowered with information and skills. They are also able to communicate their abusive experiences. This includes the mentally challenged children who suffer marginalisation to a greater extent.

It must be noted that every human being is educable. The problem is often with the way the information is packaged and later on conveyed.

The other hurdle is the reluctance of parents and caregivers to pass on this vital information and society's attitudes towards children with disabilities.

Parents, teachers and other caregivers need to educate children with disabilities how to protect themselves from abuse. In the tragic event that abuse occurs, the survivor should be counseled and encouraged to report so that the perpetrator is brought to justice" explains Temba.

He adds that given the escalating levels of child abuse in general and abuse of children with disabilities in particular it is only prudent that stakeholders ensure that the information on child abuse caters for children with special needs as well.

"Children with disabilities are entitled to all human rights that apply to all children including the right to information. As the saying goes 'information is power.'

Therefore, Government and other stakeholders should ensure that information meant to enhance the lives of children with disabilities is made available to them taking into account their various needs and categories of disabilities" Temba said.

And Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) says persons with disabilities have continued to suffer human rights abuses because the media has not taken keen interest in disability issues and has not disseminated much information on the plight of persons with disabilities.

SAFOD director general Alexander Phiri said that the media has not done enough to educate the masses on the challenges of persons with disabilities in society.

"The human rights abuses of persons with disabilities need to be brought out to raise awareness and to compel policy makers to formulate policies that advance the rights and development of all citizens. However, the media has not done much to raise awareness on challenges of persons with disabilities," Mr Phiri said.

He revealed that SAFOD has joined other professionals in advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities. We intend to invest more in issues of disability research," Mr Phiri said.

And Zambia Media Women Association (ZAMWA) has implored the media to cover issues of persons with disabilities comprehensively.

"The media coverage of issues of the persons with disabilities has not been satisfactory as it has not been comprehensive. To this end, persons with disabilities have continued to be marginalised because the media supposedly the voice for the voiceless, has not lived to its mandate" asserts Ms Emelda Yumbe, ZAMWA coordinator.

She adds: "Combating abuse of children with disabilities require a multi- faceted approach. In order to curb the abuse of children with disabilities and to provide effective intervention measures' specialists in areas of child development and organisations of persons with disabilities have to develop networks that will facilitate for cross referral, cross consultation and training. In this way, there will be a reduction in the risk of abuse of children with disabilities."

And Children in Need Network (CHIN) says the poor documentation of information on children with disabilities is a clear indication of the marginalisation and neglect that characterise their lives.

CHIN acting Executive Director Theresa Kabeka explains "There is not enough documentation on issues of children with disabilities. That in itself is an indication that this issue has not been given the seriousness it deserves. Despite having a National Child Policy that is intended to address children needs the implementation process has been slow.

Although all ministries are expected to play their respective roles in regard to issues of disabilities, it is the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services that is explicitly responsible for issues pertaining to persons with disabilities through the Zambia Agency For Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD), a Government institution.

ZAPD Executive Director Charles Mwape explains that ZAPD will soon be conducting awareness programmes on violence against women and children.
He points out that the agency has noted with concern the continued abuse of women and children with disabilities in the country.

Dr Mwape revealed that ZAPD has partnered with five other organisations namely Zambia National Federation for the Handicapped, Zambia Federation for the Blind, Zambia Association for the Deaf, Zambia Women with Disabilities and Zambia Federation of Disability Organisations.

"As an organisation concerned with the plight of persons with disabilities, we have noted with concern that women and children with disabilities suffer gross abuse and neglect. It is for this reason that we have decided to intensify awareness programmes on gender - based violence against women and children with disabilities," Dr Mwape explains.

It is hoped that the gender-based violence awareness campaigns will be spread out even in the rural and remote parts of the country so that women and children with disabilities in these areas benefit.

It must be noted that continued violations of the rights of vulnerable groups in society is not only detrimental to persons involved but is an impediment to the realisation of the much orchestrated United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Zambia's Vision 2030 among other developmental goals.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911100437.html




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Minister’s Husband In Trouble

Date: 10-Nov-2009

Disabled organisations in the Greater Accra region have expressed their total dissatisfaction with the Chairman of the National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPD), Andrew Okaikoi, on issues concerning the restriction to directly access the 2 per cent money fund allocated to people with disabilities through the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF).

This was made known during a press conference held in Accra, amidst protest from the members condemning the action of Mr Okaikoi, Minister of Information, and his cohorts at NCPD.

The spokesperson for the disabled organisation, Alhassan Ibrahim, alleged that “a letter, signed by the Chairman of NCPD, Andrew Okaikoi, has been circulated to the all Districts Assemblies in Ghana, instructing them to disburse the 2 per cent of the DACF meant for People with Disabilities (PWDs) to Districts Coordinators bearing letters of introduction issued by him.”

As a result of the said letter, the spokesperson said, whenever PWDs try to access the funds for their activities, the Districts Assemblies turned them away empty-handed, citing the letter as the basis for their refusal.

“These so-called District Coordinators are unknown to the PWDs in the districts”, he exclaimed. “As we speak now, we have in our possession not only a copy of the letter provided by the chairman of the NCPD but also a copy of a cheque drawn by an assembly on the possession of the DACF meant for PWDs in favour of the NCPD”, he stated.

Alhassan strongly emphasised that there is nowhere in the PWDs Act 715, passed in June 2006, which states that the NCPD “will either share PWDs existing sources that is the 2 per cent, revenue with them or take over those sources.”

According to him, the two copies provide evidence that the said letter is operational, which also means that the NCPD is accessing the 2 per cent of the DACF meant for the PWDs activities.

He lamented that since the inception of the percentage allocation of the DACF to PWDs in 2005 by the previous government, some District Assemblies have either refused to disburse the funds equitably, with some receiving less than 2 per cent, or have lackadaisically disbursed to beneficiaries.

To them, he said, they were of the view that with the setting up of the NCPD the council was going to ensure the total and speedy disbursement of the funds by the District Assemblies for their activities. In addition, he said, their expectation for a fruitful, collaborative and mutually respectful relationship with the council has rather led to the denial of the little resources that they were tapping before the inauguration of the NCPD.

Contributing to the hindrances in their progress, they have also not reaped benefits from the 5 per cent increment of the PWDs funds in the DACF by the NDC government, which was publicly announced by Hon.
Minister for Employment and Social Welfare during a programme.

In view of these problems, the PWDs have resorted to their own speculations or assumptions, such as; the NCPD is probably pooling PWDs funds for equitable disbursement to PWDs, which they said violated the principle of decentralization, one of the key policies of the Ghanaian government, he said.

The issue, he explained, was that the PWDs cannot afford to travel all the way from other districts to Accra just to access their share of the DACF to PWDs which is intended to finance solely programmes and projects.

Another speculation mentioned was that the NCPD may be accessing the funds for payments of its administrative overheads which they interpreted if true as “government giving to PWDs with the right hand and taking with the left hand.”

Furthermore, he has noted that considering all the speculations mentioned, “it is clear that whatever may be the reason behind the NCPD accessing the DACF allocated to PWDs, it cannot be justified.”

Despite the setbacks, the organisations have however called on the Ghana Federation of the Disabled to collaborate effectively with the NCPD, since they are both relevant institutions in the disability (GFD) movement in Ghana.

On the other hand, the PWDs have urged the GFD to step in and cease the council from accessing the DACF meant for the disabled people as well as withdraw the said letter circulated to the District Assemblies.

The spokesperson in his speech however cautioned a group which calls itself “concerned persons with disability” to desist from portraying themselves as members of the organisation, but rather advised them to come on board so they could work toward one cause.

The press conference however ended with some members of the disabled organization blocking part of the streets, holding banners with the inscription’ Atta save us from “Okaikoi”, “Atta Sack am now” and “ Okaikoi Adaa Daa Me”, meaning Okaikoi has deceived me.

Source: Daily Guide

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://news.peacefmonline.com/news/200911/31244.php




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Disability Organizations express Common Fund allocation misgivings

Disability Organizations in Greater Accra have expressed their misgiving about the disbursement of the two percent District Assembly Common Funds allocated to them. They have therefore called on the Ghana Federation of the Disabled, to impress upon the National Council for Persons with Disability, to cease accessing funds meant for the organization.

This came to light at a news conference in Accra yesterday.

The spokesperson for the Organization, Alhassan Ibrahim called on the Federation to ensure that allocation of the Fund to people with Disability is disbursed appropriately to enable them to participate and contribute significantly in the development of their communities.

He expressed worry that persons with disabilities in the Districts are turned away empty handed when they try to access their funds.

The Vice Chairman of the Organization, Michael Asante called on the government, the National Council for Persons with Disability and the Ghana Federation for the Disabled to formulate Modalities for effective and efficient management of funds for Persons with Disabilities.

Posted on: Tuesday, 10, November, 2009 Source: GBC NEWS

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://gbcghana.com/news/29485detail.html




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Uganda needs to strengthen its disability policies

KAKAIRE A. KIRUNDA

Uganda is at a crossroads with regard to disability policy and practice.
This is the conclusion of a disability study earlier this year which provided a situational analysis of People With Disabilities (PWDs) in Uganda. The study was commissioned by the Department for International Development (DFID) Uganda Country Office.

“On one hand, it has enacted progressive, forward-thinking disability legislation and has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of PWDs.
However, the country faces significant challenges in implementing effective and efficient disability policies and services,” the report reads.

According to the study authors Dr Raymond Lang and Mr Ambrose Murangira, the major critical impediment to this is the implementation gap, “ characterised by a lack of appreciation of accountable and transparent governance structures, the lack of coordination between line ministries on cross-cutting issues, combined with the paucity of robust statistics in relation to disability.”

The study also found that there is a lack of strong statistical data on disability issues, particularly at district level and below. Likewise, no coordination between different line ministries on cross-cutting issues such as disability was found.

Similarly, the study concluded that the disability movement lacks sufficient organisational capacity to effectively lobby the government; just as there is hardly any collaboration between the disability movement and the MPs with disabilities. The study nonetheless points out some opportunities that could salvage the situation. The authors noted that the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of PWDs provides that the government with a unique opportunity to take forward a rights-based agenda to disability issues.

They also concluded that Uganda could take advantage because bilateral and multilateral donor agencies are becoming increasingly aware of the systemic entrenched social inclusion, marginalsation and discrimination encountered by people with disabilities.

Furthermore, “bilateral and multilateral donor agencies are giving priority to assisting the government in its quest to reform the public sector and to provide substantial assistance in rebuilding the social, political and environmental infrastructure in the Northern Region of Uganda.” This, they argued, has the prospective to significantly improve the lives and livelihoods of people with disabilities.

However, the study warns that without increased commitment and political will to implement a rights based agenda to disability issues, “it is unlikely that sufficient human and natural resources will be made available for disability service provision.” To DFID, the study called for incorporation of a disability component in their future programmes, among the many recommendations made.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.monitor.co.ug/artman/publish/features/Uganda_needs_to_strengthen_its_disability_policies_94412.shtml

【付記2】上記ニュースで言及されている研究報告書(DISABILITY SCOPING STUDY)
http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Documents/publications/Disability/uganda-disability-study.pdf(オリジナル)
www.dfid.gov.uk/Documents/.../Disability/uganda-disability-study.pdf
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lc-ccr/downloads/240709_Disability_Executive_Summary__2_Uganda.pdf




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Zambia: State Reaffirms Help to Disabled

10 November 2009

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THE Government will continue to be committed to upholding the rights of persons with disabilities, including children and their families.

And Copperbelt Minister, Mwansa Mbulakulima has said the Government, through the newly-enacted NGO Bill would continue to support all accountable organisations that are ready to partner with it.

Speaking when he launched the Opportunity Zambia pilot project for the Copperbelt, Mr Mbulakulima said for many years, the country had lost opportunities to include and benefit from ideas, energies and contributions of persons with disabilities.

Opportunity Zambia is a project supported by two Norwegian-based international agencies, the Norwegian Association for the Disabled (NAD) and the Norwegian Association for Developmental Disabilities (NFU) and seeks to address challenges affecting people with disabilities.

He said this in a speech read for him by Kitwe District Commissioner, MacDonald Mtine at City Square in Kitwe at the weekend.

Mr Mbulakulima said the Government was making every effort to guarantee equity and full participation for all persons with disabilities.

"This explains why the Government has included persons with disabilities in the Constitution-making process, the Citizens Economic Empowerment Fund (CEEC) and several other ways by having focal persons for disabilities in line ministries," Mr Mbulakulima said.

Among the measures taken include revisions to the current Disability Act of 1996 to enshrine current issues and the putting in place of a policy framework that reflects the needs and potential of disabled persons in Zambia.

Mr Mbulakulima said the fact that the Government had in this year's Budget allocated K445 billion, translating into 2.7 per cent contribution of the total budget for social protection, was an indication of its desire to address some of the challenges that led to disability.

"Some of these pension funds will help reduce potential exposure to vulnerability which sometimes creates disability," Mr Mbulakulima said.

Earlier, Opportunity Zambia director, Alick Nyirenda said the project was the second to be launched in Zambia following the launch of a similar one in Southern Province and that K1 billion had been earmarked for support to the disability organisations this year and other NGOs who were supporting disability groups.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911100070.html




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SOUTH AFRICA: TV ad delivers silent HIV message

Photo: Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa

The ad uses sign language to convey information about HIV JOHANNESBURG, 10 November 2009 (PlusNews) - A television advertisement that will air in South Africa in November aims to reach deaf people with vital information about how to protect themselves from HIV, while giving hearing South Africans a brief experience of a world without sound.

A recent survey by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) found that 14 percent of disabled respondents were living with HIV, but levels of knowledge about HIV were much lower than among other groups: only 21 percent had an accurate understanding of how the virus was transmitted, and just 20 percent knew their HIV status.

The silent one-minute ad features Eric Mahamba, a member of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, who uses sign language to communicate the dangers of having unprotected sex with multiple and overlapping partners.
Subtitles ensure that the message is not lost on other viewers.

"There is a new man in South Africa; a man who chooses a single partner over multiple chances with HIV," Mahamba signs. "A man whose self-worth is not determined by the number of women he can have."

According to the HSRC survey, 14 percent of disabled people reported having multiple and concurrent partners, a practice identified in recent research as one of the most risky behaviours for contracting HIV.

The commercial was created by Brothers for Life, a national campaign aimed at encouraging men to positively influence each other on issues relating to HIV, gender-based violence and male sexual and reproductive health.

"We saw from the survey that they are a vulnerable group, but not many campaigns have targeted them in the past," said Richard Delate, country programme director of Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa, which is leading the Brothers for Life campaign funded by USAID and a number of local partners.

Brothers for Life is also issuing a brochure in Braille to reach South Africa's blind population with information about HIV prevention.

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【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86966




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Uganda People News: Government to spend Ush2 billion on disabled

First published: 20091111 9:00:59 AM EST

The government of Uganda has today announced its plans to spend two billion shillings on programmes aimed at lifting the standards of People with Disabilities.

The Members of Parliament representing the People with Disabilities have told journalists today that starting this financial year 2009/10, all districts of Uganda will receive 30 million shillings each to help the People With Disabilities to set up their own income generating projects.

The MP who is representing People with Disabilities in northern Uganda, William Nokrach told journalists that the Ministry of Finance will kick off the distribution in phases.

Nokrach says those districts which will not benefit this financial year will automatically qualify for next financial year 20010/11.

He says that the funds will help to improve the living standards of People with Disabilities. Uganda has over 2.5 million people with disabilities.

Many times the government comes up with programmes to help People With Disabilities but the money is regularly embezzled by people who are supposed to implement the programmes.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.ugpulse.com/articles/daily/news.asp?about=Government+to+spend+Ush2+billion+on+disabled+&ID=13451




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毎日新聞:点字器:途上国に寄贈…日本盲人会連合など

点字器:途上国に寄贈…日本盲人会連合など

 発展途上国の視覚障害のある人に、点字を学ぶ機会を−−。そんな願いを込め
て、会員約5万人の国内最大の視覚障害者団体「日本盲人会連合」(東京都新宿
区)などが、点字を書く道具「点字器」や点字用紙を途上国に贈る取り組みを始
めた。13日から、フィリピンや東ティモール、カメルーンなど計20カ国に約
2100点を郵送する。

 同会会長で全盲の笹川吉彦さん(75)が昨夏にモンゴルを視察・調査した
際、「点字器が不足している」と相談を受けた。多くの途上国の障害者施策は不
十分で、全盲の子たちは点字を学ぶ機会さえ奪われているという。

 同会などが所属する「日本盲人福祉委員会」(同区)が中心になって作られ
た、点字の考案者ルイ・ブライユ生誕200年記念の「点字ビッグイベント実行
委」が今春から、国内の福祉団体に寄贈を呼びかけたところ、木製やプラスチッ
ク製の点字器や点筆など約100点が集まり、新たに製造した機器と合わせて贈
ることにした。途上国側では、各国の福祉団体などが窓口になって視覚障害者に
渡すという。

毎日新聞 2009年11月12日 15時00分(最終更新 11月12日 15時00分)

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://mainichi.jp/select/wadai/news/20091112k0000e040055000c.html




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Uganda: 'Don't Abandon Your Disabled Relatives in Camps'

James Eriku
13 November 2009

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Residents currently leaving internally displaced people's camps for their original villages should desist from abandoning disabled relatives, Pader Resident District Commissioner has said.

Mr Santos Okot Lapolo said he has received complaints from local leaders, that the disabled, the elderly and orphans have been abandoned in former camps without any care. "There is no way a cultured person should abandon a relative in the camp without any care, you moved them to the camps, and therefore you have to resettle them in the homes," Mr Lapolo said. He made the appeal during a recent meeting with residents of Kalongo Town Council while officiating at the decommissioning ceremony of four IDP camps.

Mr Lapolo said the practice of neglecting the vulnerable people is not only a taboo in Acholi culture but socially unacceptable in the community. His remark follows an outcry from the LC3 Chairman of Kalongo Town council, Mr John Okello, that several elderly persons have since died in the area due to lack of care by their relatives who had returned to their villages. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in collaboration with other partners are facilitating the IDP camp phase- out in Acholi sub region.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911130128.html




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Rwanda: KCC to Provide White Canes for the Visually Impaired

15 November 2009

Kigali - Kigali City Council (KCC) has pledged to provide the visually impaired people with white canes, a mobility and safety tool needed by this vulnerable group of people.
Jean d' Arc Gakuba, the Kigali city vice mayor in charge of social affairs revealed this on Friday during the celebrations to mark the international white cane day held at Nyarugenge District.

She said that the canes will be handed over soon when they arrive in the country.

"We have contacted some Indians who promised to bring those canes on November 26. We cannot confirm how many they are, but what we know is that we will have a good number of them," Gakuba said.

The White canes reflect light in the dark which makes them safer from being hit by cars and motorcycles.

Gakuba also said that there were plans between KCC and the ministry of health to have white canes manufactured within the country in order to reduce on their cost.Each cane currently costs over Rwf 20, 000.
Donatilla Kanimba, the Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB) executive secretary, observed that there has been little commitment from the Rwanda community to respect their rights as one of the marginalized groups in the country.

"Disability is not inability. We might be visually impaired but we can do the same things others can do once given the chance, Kanimba said.

"This discrimination has kept many of us in the dark," she added.

There are about 3000 visually impaired people across the country.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911161229.html




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Disabled traders in Busia petition URA over goods

Monday, 16th November, 2009

Tumuhimbise walking out of his office to address the traders in Busia town on Friday

By Egessa Hajusu

PERSONS with disabilities doing business in Busia town have asked the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) enforcement officers to stop confisticating their goods.

Over 100 members of the group on Friday stormed the office of the resident district commissioner (RDC), Robinah Nabanja, but she was not in.

They then turned their anger on the district internal security officer, Aaron Tumuhimbise. The traders said they had reported cases of torture, harrasment and confistication of their goods by URA officers, but no senior officer in the district had addressed the problem.

“We are told that you are the one keeping all the guns in the district and that is why we have come so that you shoot and kill us,” Juma Ogwang, a member of the group, told Tumuhimbise.

Yahaya Wangudia, the group chairperson, said URA officials had made their lives difficult, adding that they had got loans from banks for their businesses.

He noted that about 200 persons with disabilities buy goods from the Kenyan side of the border and transport them on tricycles for sale in Uganda.

Wangudia said they had been kicked out of business after their goods were impounded. He added that they had now turned to begging for survival. “What does the Government want us to do because we cannot go to villages and start digging, ride boda-boda bicycles or load and off- load goods on vehicles,” Wangundia said, adding that they have families to feed and children to educate.

It took Tumuhimbise over six hours to convince the group that had vowed to sleep at his office to leave. He promised that the RDC would look into their complaints and get back to them in two weeks.

Charles Kirunda, a URA official, said they had no reason to impound goods from persons with disabilities because the items are only sold in Busia town.

“Can you ride a tricycle for a distance of 35km to sell a jerrycan of cooking oil or a box of soap in Bugiri town?” he asked.

He urged the Government to help the traders find alternative means of earning a livelihood.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/17/701353




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With 10m disabled people, it’s time to level the field

Posted Monday, November 16 2009 at 00:00

While in Rwanda recently, two incidents made me reflect on the state of the East African Community and its ability to cater for the needs of more than 10 million disabled people in the region.

First, I met James Ndahiro, who was among dignitaries in a workshop that I had been invited to facilitate on Millennium Development Goals and disabled people in Kigali.

Dr Ndahiro is visually impaired.

He is one of Rwanda’s representatives to the East African Legislative Assembly.

Second was the scene at a stopover at Gatarama, on my way to Kigali from Rususa.

A Bujumbura-bound passenger bus with Kenyan registration number plates arrived at the town’s bus park.

>From it emerged two middle-aged disabled people, a man and woman.

The bus had not been modified to suit the needs of the physically disabled and so the two really struggled to alight.

The incidents provoked the question: “How will the EAC federation handle the needs of those with various forms of impairments?”

This occupied my mind for the remaining hilly, zig-zag but smooth road to Kigali.

Their political representation in EALA and inclusion in development programmes, inaccessible infrastructure, and policies that can enable them to benefit freely from the emerging EAC Common Market bothered me.

Rwanda, a new entrant to the community, has a visually impaired man at EALA, so why do Kenya and Tanzania, for instance, not follow suit?

How can we accelerate focus and harmonisation of disability policies in EAC?

Can the five countries share and learn from each other various issues on disability?

How can such sharing and partnership impact on the overall wellbeing of people with disabilities?

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/-/2558/686296/-/qx2l7gz/-/




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アルビノを呪術師の魔の手から守れ!歌手サリフ・ケイタと赤十字社が緊急アピール

* 2009年11月20日 12:16 発信地:ナイロビ/ケニア

【11月20日 AFP】マリの世界的歌手サリフ・ケイタ(Salif Keita)と赤十字社
(Red Cross)は19日、アルビノ(先天性白皮症の人)の惨殺事件が多発してい
るアフリカのグレートレークス(Great Lakes)地方において、アルビノのより
良い保護を求める共同アピールを出した。

 ケニアの首都ナイロビ(Nairobi)での共同アピールに立ち会った国際赤十字
社・赤新月社連盟(International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies、IFRC)のMatthias Schmale氏は、「関係各国政府は犯罪者に法の裁
きを受けさせるなどといった、なすべきことを十分に行っていない」と述べた。

 この2年間で、タンザニアとブルンジでは少なくとも56人のアルビノが殺害さ
れるとともに遺体が切断され、そうした体の一部が、幸運のお守りの材料にする
目的で呪術(じゅじゅつ)師に売りさばかれている。

 マリ出身の歌手で人権活動家、自らもアルビノであるサリフ・ケイタの財団
も、赤十字社と歩調を合わせている。サリフの兄弟であるママドゥ・ケイタ
(Mamadou Keita)氏は、AFPに対し次のように語った。「サリフは60歳で、アフ
リカ大陸で最も年配のアルビノの1人。アルビノは、産まれた時に故意に殺され
たり、他人に殺害されたり、皮膚がんで命を落としたりしている。社会の中で保
護されていなかったり、治療を受けられなかったり、疎外されたりしているからだ」

 ブルンジ・タンザニア両国のアルビノ殺害事件では、これまでに数人が逮捕さ
れ、いずれも重い禁固刑を受けている。しかし、呪術師にお守り作りを依頼した
人物たちについては、いまだに明らかになっていない。

 アルビノに関する迷信は、アフリカのいくつもの共同体で何世紀にもわたり根
強く残っており、アルビノの体の一部は高値で取引されている。一連のアルビノ
殺害事件は、2年前にタンザニアで口火を切った。

 IFRCの報告書は、「アフリカのこの地域に住むアルビノたちにとっては、全く
の不運だ。世界的な経済危機の時に、アルビノたちは一獲千金を狙う者たちの犠
牲になる。こうした殺人者は(少なくとも裕福な)クライアントを抱える呪術師
の手足となっている」と述べている。

 タンザニア警察は、アルビノの体の部位がすべてそろったもの(手足4本と1対
の耳、性器と鼻と舌が含まれる)の値段を7万5000ドル(約670万円)と推定して
いる。

 タンザニア赤十字社は、アルビノ殺害事件の多発地域における人道活動に、24
万6000ドル(約2200万円)の支援を要請した。

 サリフ・ケイタは今月初め、アフリカのアルビノたちにささげる新アルバム
「La Difference」をリリースしている。(c)AFP

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.afpbb.com/article/life-culture/life/2665853/4935641




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スーダンカフェ 〜見て、知って、食べて、丸ごと味わうスーダン〜

さて本日は私の係わっているNPO「スーダン障害者教育支援の会」のイベントの案内をさせていただきたく投稿いたしました。

私たちはアフリカ・スーダンの障害者の社会への参加を支援するために、教育、スポーツの分野で活動しております。
www.capeds.org)

これまでにスーダン最大の大学に視覚障害者用の音声パソコンルームを現地の障害学生と共に設置したり、視覚障害者サッカーを普及したりといった活動をしてまいりました。
さらに今年の夏には日本財団の夢の貯金箱プロジェクトの支援をいただき行っているプロジェクトの一環として、活動を支える事務局の学生をスーダンへ派遣いたしました。
http://www.nippon-foundation.or.jp/yumecho/news/8f0j6k000005zxv4.html

訪問先では大学の障害学生支援室や盲学校を視察し、視覚障害者サッカーを共に体験してまいりました。

来る11月21日にその報告会を開催いたしますので遊びにきていただければ幸いです。

以下案内文です。

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スーダン障害者教育支援の会主催
スーダンカフェ 〜見て、知って、食べて、丸ごと味わうスーダン〜

10月初旬、3人のメンバーがスーダン現地を訪問してきました!
そこで見たもの、聞いたこと、思ったこと、そして出会った人々について…
メンバー手作りのスーダン料理とともに、皆様にお届けします!

日時 :11月21日(土)
     12:00〜 スーダン料理のランチ
     13:30〜16:00 現地プロジェクト報告会
場所 :アカデミー向丘
     〒113-0023 東京都文京区向丘2-5-7
     最寄り駅:地下鉄南北線東大前駅(出口1より徒歩4分)
           地下鉄千代田線根津駅(出口1根津神社口より徒歩10分)
参加費(軽食材料費、資料代他):600円(予約・前売り500円、CAPEDS会員無料)

予約・問い合わせ:スーダン障害者教育支援の会
           
director@capeds.org
(事務局メール)          
           
http://capeds.org
 (団体ホームページ)



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Nigeria: MTN Foundation - Empowering the Physically Challenged

Emmanuel Elebeke
22 November 2009

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FOR the 27 year old Blessing Urieto, Thursday 12 November was a day of self fulfillment and dream come through, as MTN Foundation in partnership with Friends of the Disabled Vocational Training Centre commissioned a vocational training project for people with disabilities at Ojo Oba, Isale Eko, Lagos.

Blessing who recalled the bitter experience and inhuman treatment she suffered in the hands of her late mother said " I thank MTN for providing us with this centre where we are paid salaries at the end of the month, because I never thought that I will be paid for doing what I enjoy doing, though with support of my father."

With this, she said "I can now plan ahead as a student, on how to grow my business when I finally graduate here in two years time. I never knew, all my mother was showing me then was wickedness and hatred, it was an ugly experience and bitterness of my disability. But God showed me love.

"I don't know if the dead do see, but I'm sure that if they do, my mum will be regretting haven done me so. I almost took my life because of the inhuman treatment"

To her, parents who have children with disability should not abandon them but show them care and love.

"They are not God forsaken, but we are all created by God, and I believe that the reason why God created us some to be able like you and some of us like me is for his name to be glorified. I believe that if all of us are able body men and women, we would not value ourselves." said Urieto.

Even with her disability, she said "I'm still thanking God that I'm alive with disability. That is his aim and he has done that the way it pleased him. I'm achieving great things today and I know that I have not started. I;m convinced that if I was born without disability, by now, at the age of 27, I would have been at the University or even get married and doing great things by now. So, by denying us the exposure, you have denied us all the good things God had marked us to achieve. When you keep us out of benefitting from things like this, as MTN has done, we can't achieve any thing and that will make life more miserable for us.

That is where disability comes in." she explained. She expressed gratitude to MTN Foundation for the gesture and promise to make maximum use of it.

In his remarks, Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Akinwale Goodluck said the project was very dear to MTN because it brings succour to a category of our people who , because of their peculiar physical conditions are denied many facilities that are usually taken for granted.

According to him, the idea was to empower great percentage of the estimated 250 million Nigerians living with one form of disability or the other with skills and capacity that would aid them to be self reliant and self sustaining, with out necessarily be liabilities to their families and relatives. "The skill acquisition centre has been refurbished, equipped and upgraded to provide skills in the areas of computer appreciation, bead making, welding, fashion designing, agriculture, among others. This is one of the ways that we are convinced that we can make a lasting difference in the lives of this category of our people." said Goodluck.

The fulfilled Urieto who hailed from Edo state said she derives joy in dress and bead making before the MTN o ffer came and described the gesture as an amazing one.

"This is wonderful and it amazes me when I begin to think what this centre means to me. At least, we are being paid by MTN foundation N8,000 per month. At least, I have been here for two years now, and hope to graduate in two years time. My prayerto God is not to give me children with disability.

In his goodwill message, Lagos state governor, Babatunde Fashola, represented by the state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Joke Adefulure said the initiative was in line with the state government's objective of alleviating poverty through skill acquisition programme across the state. He pledged the state government's commitment at creating enabling environment in the sector that would facilitate growth and development in the nation as a whole.

"We are currently training about 4000 students to be graduated at the end of this year. The Ibeju centre has been commissioned by the governor.
We have not only given people professional training and skill acquisition through the programme, but have been at the vanguard of campaign against various abuses against grass-root women and children in the state." The ministry according to her, had graduated over 25 thousand this year and 4012 youths last year, adding that the government will give them support through a micro-finance programme, and appealed to well meaning Nigerians to come and support those living with disability. The traditional ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiotu in his speech described the MTN foundation's gesture as a good omen saying that it would boost development of the state and nation at large.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911230388.html




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Ghana: Toilets Are Unfriendly to the Disabled

Frederick Asiamah
23 November 2009

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Accra - It is estimated that 10% of Ghana's population suffer from some form of disability with the blind, deaf and physically disabled people being the most visible. According to the Ghana Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) papers, the 10% of the population living with disabilities are indeed amongst the poorest of the poor.

In a 2007 publication, SEND-Ghana noted that poverty of persons with disability (PWDs) is characterized by landlessness, unemployment, illiteracy, homelessness and political powerlessness.

It is reasonable to suggest that the disabled, being poor, would find it most difficult to put up their own homes with toilets. They may rent rooms, live with relatives or even friends. In worst case scenarios, some PWDs are forced to become squatters or slum dwellers.

The big question is whether they will have access to decent toilets to exercise a very important human right - to empty their bowels. The 2000 Population and Housing Census estimated that more than 20% of Ghanaians do not have any form of latrines and therefore resort to open defaecation. The Census established that 31.45% of households in Ghana use public latrines as compared to 8.5% using Water Closet. 22% use pit latrines while 6.9% utilize KVIP. Bucket or pan latrine serves 4% while 6.9% of the population attends nature's call in other people's houses.

The figures from the Census show that Ghana is far from achieving targets set in the MLGRD's Environmental Sanitation Policy of 1999. the policy is unequivocal on households and public toilets; the policy states that at least 90% of the population should have access to acceptable domestic toilet while the remaining 10% should have access to hygienic public toilets.

While the world observed 'Toilet Day' on November 19, Ghana marked the day under the theme "Stop Open defaecation, use Toilets." Two deputy ministers - Hon Elvis Afriyie Ankrah of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and Dr Hanna Bissiw of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing - symbolically used the East Ayawaso Sub Metro (AMA) Toilet No 12B.

After them, Mr Alexander Tetteh, Executive Director, Centre for Employment of Persons With Disabilities and a physically disabled person, also tried to use the facility which has an entrance measuring a yard- and-a-quarter. Alas! He was not able to use it. It was simply inaccessible. There was no ramp for his wheelchair to go over.

And even if he was able to entre the facility, he could not have squatted to "poopoo." So for many people like Mr Tetteh, there are obvious questions about the existence of an all-encompassing sanitation policy. The current design of the majority of public toilets ensures that PWDs who have no access to toilets are denied their right to empty their bowels.

Mr Tetteh expressed his frustration to media personnel. He said it was worrying that the facility was not a water closet. He noted that similar facilities like "this are all over." He called on authorities to make public toilets disability-friendly.

His call resonates with the provisions of the Persons With Disability Act, 2006 (Act 715). Section 60 of the Act stipulates, "The owner or occupier of an existing building to which the public has access shall within ten years of the commencement of this Act make the building accessible to and available for use by a person with disability."

The Act is more than three years old; only seven years remain for meeting the moratorium. It is unclear when this particular toilet facility was provided but three years is certainly enough time to have noticed the defect in the facility.

In 2007, SEND-Ghana noted that safety measures and interventions were included in the GPRS II but many new public physical infrastructures were not disability friendly. "For example they do not have facilities for persons utilizing wheel chairs to enter unassisted."

SEND-Ghana points out that the need for government to enforce policies on disabled access to physical infrastructure to public facilities cannot be overemphasized. "We demand that government put in place an appropriate monitoring system to ensure that...all public buildings have disability friendly toilets, entrance and exit facilities."

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911231578.html




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Tunisia: Sidi Thabet Therapeutic Farm Promotes Integration of the Disabled

24 November 2009

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Tunis - A roundtable focused on the Sidi Thabet therapeutic Farm for the disabled was held on Saturday at the El Kram Exhibition Hall, on the occasion of the International Exhibition of Agriculture, Farming machinery and Fisheries.

Members of the association of the Sidi Thabet therapeutic farm including psychotherapists, neurologists, agricultural technicians, social workers and educators took part in the event.

The farm will enable more than 60 people to benefit from agriculture and cattle breeding workshops. It will provide vocational training for young people with disabilities with a view to integrate them into the job market in several sectors such as gardening, rabbit farming and the production of fresh cheese.

During the meeting, doctors and educators showcased their experiences in the field of the promotion, of the disabled within the family and in society.

Covering an area of over 7 hectares, including 3 devoted to major crops, the Sidi Thabet therapeutic agricultural farm uses agricultural activities as therapeutic tools and training for young people with disabilities. It aims at helping them to facilitate their professional insertion in the farming community.

Through its various activities, including irrigated crops, gardening, and cattle breeding such as horses, rabbits and poultry, the farm aims at giving confidence to the disabled in order to overcome their difficulties and achieve social and professional integration.

The therapeutic experience also contributes to integrate the disabled in active life. However, the human and material resources to manage the farm remain limited and need to be strengthened to ensure the sustainability of this important project. Members of the association are currently actively engaged in seeking adequate funding to the project.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911250476.html




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National Health Insurance Scheme: How are Persons with Disabilities Benefiting?

By Augustina Naami

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), established in 2005, I believe was in response of the hardships that Ghanaians were facing in- terms of the cash-and-carry health care system established in 1982.
Obliviously, the cash-and-carry health care system was not very beneficial as many Ghanaians struggle to even “put a meal on their table”. The cash-and-carry system, health care became an additional financial barrier to many Ghanaians. It discouraged many Ghanaians from seeking necessary health care services and rather depended on other treatment services, tradition healing, and prayer camps. The NHIS, though, still has some setbacks, is a preferred health care system relative to the cash-and-carry system due to its perceived benefits.
There is no doubt that many more Ghanaians are patronising the NHIS currently as compared to when the program first started. Some of the reasons for the increase patronage of the NHIS are: (1) There is no need to pay cash at the point of delivery of health care services, (2). Some medications are covered under the scheme, (3). Children are covered under the scheme when parents have Social Security, and (4). Adults with Social Security can have their parents covered under the scheme. The premium becomes a pool of resource from which every member benefits. One pays only about 12 Ghcedis for the whole year and no more worries about the health care needs. That sounds so relieving, isn't it?

However, poverty trends based on various studies estimate that about 40 percent of Ghanaians are poor and unable to access health facilities, get adequate shelter, clothing and education. And about 14.7 percent out of the 40 percent are classified as "extreme poor" and hence incapable of catering for their basic human needs, including their nutritional requirements. Disability and poverty are said to be intertwined, reinforcing each other. Thus, it goes without saying that majority of persons with disabilities are also poor and hence unable to access health facilities. But, the NHIS is a poverty reduction strategy that would reduce excessive poverty, and enhance the overall quality of life of Ghanaians. It is therefore heart-warming that, the NHIS recognises the need to make provision for the poor and vulnerable in society (include persons with disabilities) to reap the benefits of the NHIS by creating an exempt category.

However, according to a World Bank Document “Although the purpose of the NHIS is to provide a pro-poor alternative to the cash-and-carry system, there are still problems with identifying and registering indigents who are: (i) “exempt” from coverage……..”

The question remains, “Who is an indigent”? The term indigent as indicated in the NHIS policy seems very ambiguous and hence leaves the NHIS staff with a great deal of discretion as to who they consider to be an indigent. Many persons with disabilities are left out of the exempt category due to the excessive discretion of the NHIS staff resulting from the lack of clear criterion for determining who qualifies to be indigent, coupled with the negative perceptions that society holds about persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are hence unable to access the NHIS and enjoy its benefits, thus compounding their plight.

Recently, according to the Public Agenda, Mr Andrews Narteh Donkor, Scheme Manager, Manya Krobo District Mutual Insurance Scheme, said “….
government had just approved the decoupling of parent/child registration, which meant that all children below age 18 could be registered on their own even if their parents were not registered.” This is indeed good news. However, persons with disabilities will also be very happy if the issue of indigent is clarified in order for them to readily access the NHIS just as children might soon do.

Good health care policies that will provide access for the healthcare needs of persons with disabilities is a necessity which the Persons with Disability Act (715, section 31) emphasizes; “The Ministry of Health in formulating health policies shall provide for free general and specialist medical care, rehabilitative operation treatment and appropriate assistive devices for persons with total disability.” It imperative for NHIS to also endeavour to include assistive devices (e.g., crutches, callipers, wheelchairs, white-canes, hearing aids) and rehabilitative operation treatment in the coverage of NHIS. The general conditions of persons with disabilities are already overburdened with educational, social, architectural, transportation, institutional and information barriers, as well as poverty. Free access to health care might lessened their plight.

The government of Ghana is trying to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the country; the passage of the disability law, the inauguration of the National Council on Persons with Disability, and the recent appointment of an acting Executive Secretary for the council, all attest to this fact.

I therefore implore the president and the ministry of health to consider the issue being discussed. Health is a basic human right because health has a strong linkage with life. Depriving persons with disabilities from enjoying quality health amounts to depriving them of their right to life.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.modernghana.com/news/250914/1/national-health-insurance-scheme-how-are-persons-w.html




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Nigeria: Sallah - Halima Shekarau Doles Out 50 Cows to Disabled People

Abdulaziz a Abdulaziz
26 November 2009

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Kano - Wife of the Kano State governor, Hajiya Halima Ibrahim Shekarau, yesterday distributed 50 cows to the physically challenged people across the 44 local governments of the state.

The benefiting groups include cripples, the blind, lepers and deaf. Four people from each of the 44 local governments were presented with a cow at a brief ceremony held at the premises of the the emir of Kano's.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs Shekarau, who holds the traditional title of garkuwar nakassasu (defender of the disabled), said the gesture was in furtherance of her hobby of assisting the needy and the physically challenged.

Hajiya Shekarau, explained that those with physical deformity need assistance from the larger public to get rid of the menace of begging.

The first lady, who asked those that did not benefit from the initiative to remain patient and wait for future offerings, challenged wealthy individuals in the society to inculcate the habit of helping the needy as ordained in Islam.

Speaking earlier, the Special Adviser to the governor on Non- Governmental Organisations, Alhaji Nuhu Ya'u, eulogised the governor's wife for identifying with the deprived and underpriviledged.

He said the first lady's project would have been informed by the people- centred approach of the Shekarau administration.

The beneficiaries expressed delight at the determination of Shekarau in helping the poor. They hailed her humanitarian gestures.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200911270432.html




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First lady attends disabled children festival

Luanda - A total of 150 children attended Sunday in Luanda the 2nd sports festival for children living with physical disability, attended by the first lady, Ana Paula dos Santos.

The festival is part of the celebrations of the December 3, devoted by the United Nations to people living with disability.

During the festival, the first lady was informed by the chairman of the Angolan Paralympic Committee, Leonel da Rocha Pinto, on the functioning of the demonstration games system, like the wheelchair basketball, goalball, volleyball and others.

Ana Paula dos Santos, who is also the president of the Social Solidarity Fund (Fundo Lwini) delivered medals to the first three best in the T11 category (visual impaired), from the provinces of Huambo, Namibe and Hu?la.

The children came from 17 of the country’s 18 provinces, excepting Lunda Norte.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2009/10/48/First-lady-attends-disabled-children-festival,c5700035-fdb5-43f2-af12-e44fa78b3967.html




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「アルビノ殺人」恐れ、1万人が避難 アフリカ南東部

2009.11.30 Web posted at: 21:38 JST Updated - CNN

(CNN) アフリカ南東部のタンザニアとブルンジで、生まれつき色素を持た
ず皮膚の色が白い「アルビノ」の人々約1万人が、殺人被害を恐れて政府が設置
した避難所などに逃げ込んでいることが、国際赤十字の報告で明らかになった。

両国では、「アルビノ」の体には特別な力が宿るという伝統的な考えから、臓器
や体の一部など売却する目的で、アルビノの人々が殺されるという悲劇が後を絶
たない。2007年以来、タンザニアでは少なくとも44人、ブルンジでは14
人が殺されている。

タンザニアのアルビノ・センターによると、同国には約20万人のアルビノの人
々がいるという。国際赤十字によると、ブルンジ政府が養護学校などに設置した
緊急避難場所にアルビノの人が約1万人ほど逃れてきている。いずれも、アルビ
ノの体を狙った犯罪から逃れるためだ。

タンザニアでは11月初旬、アルビノ男性を殺して体を切断し、臓器などを呪術
医に売りさばいたとして、4人が死刑判決を受けている。

タンザニア政府はアルビノの人々を守るため、警察に警戒指示を出しているが、
警官の数が少なく伝統的な考え方が根強く残る地方では、アルビノ殺人が防げな
い状況だという。

タンザニアとブルンジの赤十字は、人道的な支援が必要だと訴えている。

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.cnn.co.jp/world/CNN200911300025.html




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Engage disabled people Mokalake

30 November, 2009

JWANENG - Since independence the government has demonstrated commitment to improve service delivery to people with disabilities, says local government minister, Mr Lobonaamang Mokalale.

Speaking during Disability Awareness commemoration under the theme Making Vision 2016 inclusive of people with disabilities in Jwaneng, Mr Mokalake said the most noticeable ones were the Salisbury commission of 1972 and the National Policy on Care for People with disabilities of 1996.

Mr Mokalake said the government had found it necessary to review the 1996 national policy on care of people with Disabilities and simultaneously develop the disability legislation to bring them in line with the current national and international realities. He said this would also provide a framework on the implementation of the policy to expedite and enhance service delivery. He said the exemption from paying medical fees at all government health facilities was testimony of governments efforts and recognition of the plight of people with disabilities.

To further address the needs of people with disabilities, he said plans were at an advance stage to have a full time coordinator responsible for disability issues in the Office of the President. He told the audience that there was need to bring on board people with disabilities as the country strives towards building a prosperous nation by the year 2016.

In addition, he said the theme raised the question of whether or not people with disabilities were adequately included in the nations vision, but also pointed out that they were important players in the countrys social and economic development agenda.He said inclusiveness was not a new concept in the country and its socio-economic development agenda, saying it was a participatory process that ensured that everybodys voice was heard and that it was practiced since independence and long before then.

In addition, he said inclusiveness meant ensuring that people with disabilities were brought on board to the countrys development agenda and this should not only be done through consultation but through the active involvement and active participation in all major decision particularly those that affect them directly.

In an endeavour to achieve this and to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, he said the government must ensure that all the seven pillars of the national Vision were given attention and applied in providing the required services.

Mokalake said indeed, it was a special ingredient to the countrys four national principles of democracy, development, self-reliance and unity.

He said Batswana were known to be a united and proud nation guided by their national principle of Botho.

This concept also presupposes that no Motswana should be discriminated against for whatever reason, particularly those who are challenged in one way or another.

Minister Mokalake said these principles were still valid today as they were when they were founded, and must be re-focused to embrace change and relate to Botswanas current level of development and related challenges, some of which directly affect those with disabilities.

He told the gathering that he was aware of the challenges that were still being faced by people with disabilities, saying these included among others, accessibility to some buildings, including government buildings, public transport and accessibility to some services and information. BOPA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.gov.bw/cgi-bin/news.cgi?d=20091130&i=Engage_disabled_people_Mokalake




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【アマゾンを利用してAJFに寄付を!】アフィリエイト報告2009年11月

斉藤@AJF事務局です。

現在、生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内の[amazon]をクリックして購入された本のアフィリエイト・フィーを僕が受け取り、AJFへ寄付する仕組みができています。
このアフィリエイトの仕組みについては、以下を見てください。
 http://www.arsvi.com/b/a.htm
アマゾンを利用される方は、ぜひこの仕組みを活用して、AJFへの寄付につなげてください。

11月は387点(本、PC、DVD、家電、飲料ほかを含む)、624,970円の販売が対象となり、紹介料は32,035円でした。

○11月に対象数が多かった書籍

介助現場の社会学―身体障害者の自立生活と介助者のリアリティ 3冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4903690458/ryospage03-22
 文字通り自分自身の介助者としての体験をベースに書いています。

障害者の「自立生活」と生活の資源―多様で個別なその世界  4冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4903690393/ryospage03-22
 興味深く読みました。

障害受容再考―「障害受容」から「障害との自由」へ     3冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/4895903389/ryospage03-22
 国際協力を考えるにも参考になるかも

生の技法―家と施設を出て暮らす障害者の社会学       3冊
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/489434016X/ryospage03-22
 1990年に初版が出た時、「彼が私たちの書いた本(『生の技法』、藤原書店)を評してくれて、というか不平を言ってくれて」というような書評を書きました。

11月には、かなり前に「週刊金曜日」で書評したことのある「被差別部落の青春」も動いていて、うれしくなりました。

今後も、使っているプリンターのトナーやインク、USBメモリー、またコピー用紙などが必要な際にも、以下の利用法を参照して、アフィリエイトにつながる購入をしてもらえるとうれしいです。
11月27日に月分アフィリエイト・フィー29,909円を受領しており、銀行のキャッシュカードが再発行されたらすぐにAJFの口座へ送金します。
10月までのアフィリエイト・フィーの総計は、287,486円となっています。

アマゾンを利用する際に、以下のいずれかの手順を踏んでもらえると、上記の寄付につがなります。

1)生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト、もしくは僕のウェブサイトにある本のリストから本を選びアマゾンを利用する。
 生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト http://www.arsvi.com
 僕のサイト http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ls9r-situ

 ※上記いずれかを「お気に入り」もしくは「ブックマーク」登録されると、アフィリエイト利用が簡単になります。

2)生存学創成拠点ウェブサイト内上記のアフィリエイト説明ページ、僕のウェブサイトの各ページにあるアマゾンへのリンクからアマゾンへ入って、本、DVD、CD、PCおよび周辺機器、日用品などを購入する

3)メーリングリスト、mixiで僕が本と一緒に紹介するアマゾンへのリンクを利用する


どうぞよろしく。


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Disabled Wheelchair Marathon scheduled for Dec. 3

Date: 01-Dec-2009

The first Disabled Wheelchair Marathon would be held in Accra on Thursday, December 3.

Mr Alexander Tetteh, Executive Director of Centre for Employment of Persons with Disabilities, who announced this in Accra on Tuesday, said about 100 persons with disabilities are expected to participate in the two-hour marathon.

He said the race forms part of activities marking the International Day of the Disabled.

Mr Tetteh said it was also aimed at creating awareness on the theme of the celebration which has been termed, "Making the Millenium Development Goals Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities".

The Executive Director said the race would begin at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Complex building and end at the Accra Rehabilitation Centre.

He said the first three in both the ladies and the men's categories would receive prizes.

Mr Rashid Pelpuo, Minister of Youth and Sports and Mr Worlanyo Agrah, Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Council are expected to grace the occasion.

Source: GNA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://sports.peacefmonline.com/news/200912/33283.php




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Gambia: Country to Observe World Disability Day Daily Observer

3 December 2009

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The Gambia will today December 3rd, 2009, join the rest of the World to celebrate world disability day, a press release from The Gambia Federation of the Disabled (GFD) revealed.

According to the release, this day was set aside by the UN General Assembly in 1981 aimed at creating awareness on disability issues, applauding the potentials of persons with disabilities and disability rights. -"This was followed by the resolution 1993/29 of 5 March 1993 of the UN Commission on Human Rights in which member states were requested to highlight the observance of 3rd December,-" the release added.

This year's commemradation the release want

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200912030725.html




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Sierra Leone is way behind in addressing Disability Issues-Patrick James Taylor

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The Public Relations Officer of Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues, Patrick James Taylor, has disclosed that the country was lagging behind in addressing issues of disabilities around the world. Mr. Taylor made the statement on Wednesday in Freetown ahead of the celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, that is observed on December third 3rd every year. He said the day was commemorated to remind persons with disabilities of the long sufferings they had endured because of their status, adding that it was also observed to as he puts it “challenge authorities in decision making to map out ways of mainstreaming disability issues.”

He noted that “people have not only been shying away in treating disabled issues seriously, but are also politicizing the matter. There is no government commitment to solving matters on physically challenged persons.” He continued that such were only worsening what he described as the already deplorable conditions of persons with disabilities in the country. Mr. Taylor maintained that the war was also a critical factor that escalated the problems of disabilities in the country, adding that although Sierra Leone had a long gap to catch up with internationally in addressing disable right issues, they were committed to reversing the trend. He further revealed that a lot of activities had been lined up ahead of the day continuing that all disabled persons would process form the central part of Freetown to Victoria Park where key note speakers would make statements.

In his opening statement, the Station Manager of Radio Mount Aureol who also doubles as the News Editor of Cotton Tree News (CTN), Francis Sowa, stated that “when you look at the eight Millennium Development Goals(MDGS) the word disability is not explicitly stated, although it could be implied.” He noted. Mr. Sowa continued that the issues of disability in Sierra Leone were appalling adding that disabled people in the country were among the poorest of the poor. He also went on to say that “until quite recently, even when the government purchases books and other learning materials, in my view, it has never ventured to purchase brails and similar learning aids for blind pupils and students.” He said even government policies and programs excluded persons with disabilities maintaining that that was why it was important for inclusive empowerment of persons with disabilities to be injected into the MDGS.

The President of Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues, Kabbah Franklyn Bangura, pointed out that the dire need to empower persons with disabilities must be the concern of all decision makers both in public and private sectors. He continued that persons with disabilities suffered discrimination, marginalization among others either deliberately or ignorantly. Meanwhile, Mr. Bangura also called on all disabled people to be law abiding.

By Abdul Samba Brima

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://awoko.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=7366&cntnt01returnid=15




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People with disabilities insist on their rights

Date: 04-Dec-2009

The Brong-Ahafo branch of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled on Thursday called for the inclusion of the rights of people with disabilities in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Ms Mahammadu Sirina, Acting Secretary of the National Women's Wing of the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled, made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani, as part of activities marking World Disability Day, which was on the theme: "Making the Millennium Development Goals Inclusive for Persons With Disabilities."

She said non-inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the MDGs would have serious repercussions on the country's developmental efforts.

"The nation collectively needs the talents of all sections of the population, including the physically challenged in order to move it forward. There's no need to marginalise such people", she stated.

Ms Sirina said contrary to the free education policy in the country, a lot of people with disabilities continued to pay for tuition at all levels of the educational structure.

The acting women's wing secretary, expressed disappointment about inaccessibility to public places and structures such as schools, hospitals, banks, district assemblies and other government agencies and public libraries by physically challenged persons.

She called for the provision of Braille, sound interpreters and wheel chairs for disabled persons in schools and public hospitals to improve on their access to such facilities.

Ms Sirina abhorred the discrimination against people with disabilities, saying it was wrong for society to view them as second rate citizens.

She called for public education to change people's perceptions about them.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://news.peacefmonline.com/social/200912/33524.php




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Ghanaians should show more commitment towards people with disabilities- Lecturer

By gna - Ghana News Agency Social Affairs | Fri, 04 Dec 2009

Cape Coast, Dec. 4, GNA - A senior lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), on Thursday, noted that people with disabilities could be empowered to contribute positively to the development of the nation.

Dr. Emmanuel Kofi Gyimah, expressed regret that most of the special schools for the disabled in the country lack the basic logistics and materials such as Braille machines, Cubarithm boards and the Job Access with Speech (JAWS) needed to facilitate effective teaching and learning.

JAWS is a software that can be used by the visually impaired and a hearing aid for the deaf.

Dr Gyimah made the call at a durbar organised by the Cape Coast branch of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled to celebrate the International Day for the Disabled.

The theme for the celebration was "Realizing the Millennium Development Goals for all: Empowerment of persons with disabilities and their communities around the world".

He said although the University of Education, Winneba provides training in sign language, the high attrition rate of such teachers did not allow most people with deaf problems to access tertiary education.

Dr Gyimah commended media houses that interpret news in the sign language, saying it helps the hearing impaired to know about current developments.

He called on the government, philanthropists and non-governmental organisations to assist in the procurement of the requisite teaching and learning materials for the disabled.

Touching on the employment of the disabled, he referred to the International Labour Organisation Convention, which stipulates that 0.05 per cent of employees of every state should be persons with disabilities.

He said in Ghana, a cursory look at the list of employees of the National Youth Employment Programme revealed that there was hardly any disabled on the list, contrary to international expectations.

Dr Gyimah said the country should identify the potentials of the disabled and give them the right training and rehabilitation to spare them the agony of having to beg on the streets for a living.

He observed that begging for alms on the streets by persons with disabilities does not augur well for the country's tourism industry.

The Public Relations Officer of the National Health Insurance Scheme for Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality, Mr. Edward Anderson explained that although Act 650 of the scheme makes provision for the free registration of the disabled, in reality it only applies to persons whose disabilities do not enable them to work and have no one to cater for them.

He suggested the need for Ghana Education Service to introduce the teaching of sign language from the basic school level, in order to make communication between the hearing impaired and those with hearing abilities easy.

Mr. Anthony Egyir Aikins, Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive who chaired the function, pledged the assembly's support for the disabled.

GNA

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.modernghana.com/news/252597/1/ghanaians-should-show-more-commitment-towards-peop.html




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Governor invites disabled people to participate in literacy process

Saurimo - The governor of the eastern Lunda Sul Province, C?ndida Narciso invited last Thursday disabled people to attend literacy classes so as to secure their integration in social life.

This invitation was made during a social gathering that the provincial governor offered to 150 disabled people linked to various associations in Lunda Sul, in the ambit of the celebrations of the International Day of the Disabled People, marked on December 3.

“I seize this opportunity to invite elderly people to attend literacy classes and the youths that have conditions to study because both the central and provincial governments are concerned about education and elevation of the cultural level of disabled people”, she said.

According to her, there are still a lot of problems to be resolved at all levels, but the integration situation of the disabled people is one of the priorities of the local government.

“I am here with you so as to bring my solidarity, affection and tell you all that the government will continue to work in order to help more and more in the reduction of your difficulties by integrating you in society”, the governor said.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/sociedade/2009/11/49/Governor-invites-disabled-people-participate-literacy-process,37961499-421f-4ec0-a0d0-3635177b96c7.html




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Nigeria: Disable Farmers Want Disability Bill Passed Into Law

Nan 7 December 2009

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Disable farmers under the auspices of the Disable Nigerian Business Persons and Farmers Association (DNBPFA) have called on President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua to help them in the speedy passage of the disability rights bill into law.

The President of the association Mr. Mko Aluko said yesterday that the bill would enable them overcome some of the discriminatory challenges they face especially in the area of obtaining loans from banks.

He said most disabled persons take to street begging because of the discriminatory treatment they get even when it comes to giving appointments in government offices where 10 percent of job vacancies is suppose to be given to disabled persons.

He said they may be forced to seek assistance from the Gani Fawehinmi Chamber to sue the Federal Government at the International Court of justice for violating the rights of physically challenged persons.

He said: "Mr. President, set the disable people free totally by signing the disable rights bill which is right now on your desk."

He also urged Nigerians to support the cause of the disable by working towards ensuring the signing of the bill so that they can work for positive change and contribute their quota to the economic development of Nigeria.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200912070647.html




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Ghana: Why Neglect the Deaf?

Akwasi Fredua
7 December 2009

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Accra - The deaf can do everything except hearing. People ignorantly refer to them as also dumb, an assertion they greatly oppose since they can express themselves. Their speech or articulatory organs are well functioning. The deaf can laugh, smile, cry, shout and do all other things that the abled bodied does except hear.

The greatest challenge for the deaf is communication which affects how well they can interact with their hearing counterparts in society. Let the deaf walk into a bank or other service providers and they really find it difficult assessing any service. They are left to their own mercies when they visit the hospitals, police stations, law courts and others places of work.

Sometimes, those who take time off to help them also behave in such a way that they sometimes feel very helpless and often feel very intimated or disgraced. Unfortunately, the condition they find themselves in is through no fault of theirs. It is very painful and disheartening to know that even close relatives of sound impaired including parents and siblings can't communicate with them. They usually find themselves very lonely which brings about a lot frustration. This is why many are of the perception that the deaf easily gets angry, which tends to be true because nobody tends to care and explain things to them.

There is no better way for the nation to accept and recognize them than to take keen interest in the study and learning of the Sign Language.
Even though they are in the minority, this is their humble plea.

This calls for a serious intervention from the government to assist the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD) through funding to organize Sign Language Workshops in all regions and districts to produce more interpreters.

According to Ebenezer Addo Asamoah, the National Administrator of GNAD, it will be very helpful for institutions to volunteer and learn the Sign Language in order to ease the frustration between the deaf and service providers.

Statistically, very few of the deaf are employed both at the public and private institutions, and the major reason for this is the communication gap. Employees know they will find it very difficult communicating with them. But it is not encouraging for our deaf brothers and sisters to remain unemployed because we can't communicate with them. We need to get the deaf who are qualified into employment.

Lack of skills is also another challenge facing the deaf. In order to rectify this situation, Mr. Asamoah has urged the government to establish vocational training centers in all districts to enable the deaf acquire skills for the job market as it is enshrined in Act 215.
There is also the need to remind the government of the tax rebate which employers must receive for employing Persons With Disabilities, (PWDs).

Since many of the deaf are unemployed, there is the temptation for some of them to go begging and because their disability is not visible until communication is needed, some of the deaf resort to tricks like letters soliciting help, envelopes for donation which the GNAD uproars.

In response to how such people should be treated, Mr. Asamoah said that such demands shouldn't be honoured by the public. "Any such demand should also be channeled through the National Headquarters to ascertain its genuineness" he cautioned.

Generally the deaf community in Ghana has very low education which makes them the poorest of the poor in society and painfully ignorant of what happens in the country and the world at large.

Presently there are fourteen basic schools nationwide which is grossly inadequate. A visit to these schools shows that there is a tall list of children who couldn't be admitted due to lack of facilities. Imagine a densely populated region like the Ashanti Region which has a large number of deaf having only one basic school for the deaf.

Even though averagely, there is a school for the deaf in each region there is the urgent need for more schools to be constructed and the need for improvement in the existing ones in the form of infrastructure; classrooms, dormitories and accommodation for staff.

Teaching the deaf is one of the most difficult teaching assignments for research has shown that to teach one deaf child is equivalent to teaching six hearing children. This then calls for more well trained and motivated staff.

There is only one Senior Technical School for the Deaf in the country which is at Mampong Akuapem, one vocational School at Beecham in the Brong Ahafo Region and a new integrated Senior High School at Navrongo in Upper East Region.

This simply means that the deaf youth are being told your education ends at the basic level. The situation is worse at the tertiary level. They are forced to do a lot of lip reading on their own. They have to watch and read the lips of lectures who most of the times teach in the absence of interpreters.

For example, at the Presbyterian Training College, in Akropong, Akuapem there is only one interpreter for 5 deaf students, one in the first and two in the second and third years respectively. The University of Education, Winneba has a number of deaf undergraduates but no interpreters.

As the Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative (CHRAJ), Dr. Emil Short, put it "over the years People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) have been deprived of a variety of rights such as healthcare, education, employment and participation in cultural and social activities, and mainstreaming disability in the educational system is a strategy for achieving equality for PWDs".

PWDs continuously face discrimination in all aspects of life. Some view disability as a punishment for sins committed either by themselves or their ancestors. In some cultures, they are not supposed to come out early in the morning because it is believed to be a very bad omen.

Discrimination in marriage is greatly affecting PWDs. Disability is perceived to be hereditary so some families do not want their children to marry a PWD. There is no guarantee that when a deaf marries a hearing person, their offspring will be deaf. These among many misconceptions need to be corrected.

According to Mr. Emile Short "It is very sad that the concerns of the deaf have been neglected. I paid a visit to Kwame Turkson, who is deaf, at a village in Nsawam in the Eastern Region. This man was going to visit a friend one night in the company of three friends. When they got to the place, they were approached by people who asked they were heading towards to. Because they couldn't talk, they mistaken for thieves. One of them went to his room, brought an acid and poured it on Kwame who became blind afterwards."

When I got to his home in the company of the President of the GNAD, communicating in sign language to him, this is what he had to say. "I am deaf and blind, I can't hear, I can't see, my father has died, my elder brother who inherited my father has also died. I am now left with my weak old mother. My wife has left. Oh God, what have I done to deserve this" he said, and started crying. Kwame is now deaf and blind.

As I end on this sad note, let us all note that PWDs especially the deaf are not "foreigners". They need to be supported, loved, cared and most importantly provided given quality education and employment opportunities just as all Ghanaians. Please let us all help to make a difference in the lives of the deaf.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200912080844.html




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Ghana: Public Agenda Decorated With Disability Award

7 December 2009

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Accra - Public Agenda has added another laurel to its list of numerous awards, a phenomenon that has become the hallmark of the paper since its inception in 1994. In recognition of Public Agenda's significant contribution to the cause of the disabled, the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) last Thursday presented the paper with a plaque at a ceremony to climax this year's International Day of Persons with Disability.

The accompanying citation read as "Presented to Public Agenda in honour of its role in promoting the rights of persons with disability (PWDs) through consistent advocacy.

The award was received on behalf of the paper by Roberta Ollenu, a staff writer of Public Agenda.

In 2005 and 2008 the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) adjudged Public Agenda as the best human rights newspaper. Prior to that the paper had won Help Aged Ghana, Peace and Natural Resource Governance Awards among others.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200912080850.html




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Ghana: What Are We Entitled to Under Free Basic Education? Disabled Ask

7 December 2009

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Accra - "It was one hot afternoon, on the 26th September 2004, a day I wished I never went out of my house. I was on my way to Legon, I boarded a commercial vehicle. In the car I sat by a young woman who was complaining about the rate at in which the driver was driving.

According to her the driver was driving at a top speed, I calmed her and told her that that she should not worry,"all was well," I added.
Thinking I was siding with the lady, the driver became furious and shouted at us so we became quiet.

During the journey, the driver decided to overtake a truck in front of him and in the process of overtaking, rammed the side where I sat with the lady into the truck. He was not hurt nor died, but the lady and I stayed at the 37 Military hospital in pain for well over a year. This was the bitter experience of Mr. John Adjah, a disabled man.

Another bitter experience of a disabled person was about how he became blind. "It all happened when I was in class one, he reminiscenced. It was break time after eating and I was running to the classroom. I overheard some of my colleagues teasing one lady in my class, who we all knew was older than the class.

I turned to ask my best friend a question and all I realized was a big stone sharply hitting my eye. I ended up in the hospital, and up to date I am blind".

These are the stories of two disabled persons that this reporter spoke to at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Bediako hall during the celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This was under the theme "Making the MDG's Inclusive; Empowerment of Persons with disbilities and their communities around the world".

Dr. Mrs. Esther Offei Aboagye, who was the chairperson for the occasion, asked that Ghanaians should not discriminate against people with disabilities and called on society to accept them as part of it.

In his address, the Chairman of the National Council on Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), Mr. Andrew Okaikoi, advised the disabled to accept their situation, and not to see it as a "mistake". He also encouraged them to be positive and project themselves as such, knowing that there is hope for the future.

Mr. Okaikoi called on the Government and policymakers to give prominence and priority to the disabled in whatever decision that they take for the nation, because they also deserve the best.

A country representative from the United Nation Development Plan (UNDP), added his voice and called on the Government to include the disabled in development process of this country as well as the mainstream activities.

Rev. Albert B Kwabie from the MDG's secretariat of the Christian Council of Ghana called on the Minister of Education to include in the entire basic schools syllabus from Primary one through to the University the sign language, so that the public can communicate with their deaf and dumb colleagues in order for them to feel accepted in society.

Dr. Emil Short, of the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) called on all Ghanaians to respect the human dignity of these disabled. He disclosed that most of these disabled are deprived of their rights in society. "Most of our places of work are not welcoming to the disabled and most of these disabled do not even have access to certain essential services and no one seems to care, we must all realized that we are all vulnerable to disabilities either permanently or temporarily".

Article15 (1) of the constitution of Ghana states that the dignity of all persons shall be inviolable. And on the 18th of November, the Minister of Finance And Economic Planning, Dr. Kwabena Dufuor, said clearly during the presentation of the 2010 budget to Parliament that the "there will be free education to people with disabilities.

Miss Alimata Abdul Karim, a representative of the disabled, has therefore called on the Government to clarify the level of education that they will be entitled to as stated in the 2010 budget.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200912080846.html




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Liberia: NCD Celebrates International Day Of The Disabled Persons

Varney M. Kamara
8 December 2009

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The National Commission for the Disabled persons in Liberia (NCD), on December 3, 2009, joined other disabled communities around the globe to celebrate this year's International Day of the Disabled persons.

The program which was held at the Monrovia City Hall, in Sinkor, Monrovia, brought together hundreds of disabled persons from across the country including partners from the international community.

Speaking on the theme "Making the Millennium Development Goals Inclusive for Persons With Disabilities" the head of NCD Beyan G, Kota, expressed disappointment over the manner in which national government has handled the plight of disabled people in the country. He said his greatest disappointment and frustration is voiced in the eighteen targets of government's poverty reduction strategy (PRS) in which nothing was said about the disabled people.

He noted that if government is to succeed in the PRS, the welfare of disabled people must be taken into serious consideration.

He also disclosed that there were specific targets for which disabled people must be brought into the main streams of society and that, he added, include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender inequalities as well as empowering women, the reduction of child mortality rate, improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, ensure environmental sustainability and the development of global partnership for develop0ment particularly with involvement of all persons in society.

He said if the Millennium must be achieved, these factors should be seriously considered by the government. Meanwhile, the guest speaker for the program, Gender Minister Varba Gayflor, praised the disabled community for rising above the many challenges they are faced with. She said the disabled people must be praised for not sitting to make people feel that they are doing nothing.

"You are not sitting by to make people feel that you are doing nothing. You are out there speaking for your rights."

You have been seen in the streets matching for a common cause, you have been heard and you are not deterred" she declared. She also thanked the entire leadership of the NCD for the consistent advocacy role they continue to play in the Liberian society.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://allafrica.com/stories/200912080678.html




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Ascod sets elections for January 2010

Luanda - The electoral general assembly of the African Sports Confederation for Disabled (ASCOD), with the Angolan Leonel da Rocha Pinto among the three candidates for the presidency, has been rescheduled for January 24, 2010, in Egypt, said a source from the Angolan Paralympic Committee (CPA).

The decision emerged Saturday in Cairo, Egypt, during an emergency meeting of the Institution's Executive Commission, following the move of the outgoing president, the Egyptian Nabil Salem, to call off the general assembly initially scheduled for the same day and venue.

Angop learnt that the event has brought together, among the ASCOD executive, Angola, Egypt, Libya, Togo, Sudan, Mauritius, Morocco and Central African Republic, in addition to the chairman of the seven zones of development of disabled sports in Africa.

The ASCOD executive committee meeting was proposed by the member countries which did not agreed to the recent postponement of election.

Proposed by mostly 43 ASCOD member countries, Leonel da Rocha Pinto is the president of the Angolan Paralympic Committee and zone VI vice- president for marketing and communication of the African Confederation and deputy president for development of the International Paralympic Committee.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.portalangop.co.ao/motix/en_us/noticias/desporto/2009/11/50/Ascod-sets-elections-for-January-2010,8b0e7da6-dd29-491a-900f-4785dadc7536.html




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Disabled traders want tax exemption

Thursday, 10th December, 2009

By Egessa Hajusu

Disabled traders in Busia have asked the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to exempt them from taxation, arguing that paying taxes would push them out of business.

This followed a suggestion by URA and Robinah Nabanja, the Busia resident district commissioner, that the traders pay half the tax assessed when they bring in goods from Kenya.

Dawson Muzale, one of the traders, explained that going through the normal customs process would mean that the traders, for example, pay sh18,000 in taxes and any other amount demanded by the clearing agents for a 20-litre jerrycan of cooking oil.

This, he said, would kick them out of business since a jerrycan costs sh50,000.

Festus Rwabandega, a URA official, observed that the goods imported by the disabled traders end up in other places not Busia alone, depriving the Government of taxes.

【付記】上記ニュースのURL
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/220/703890




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Stop ill-treating disabled - victim

10 December 2009
Nawhal Kara

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HURT FeeLings: Promise Lebereko says people with disabilities must be
treated with care and respect .PHOTO: BAFANA MAHLANGU

PROMIE Lebereko from the Elethu Cheshire Home for the Disabled in
Daveyton, Ekhurhuleni, has appealed to South Africans to understand the
plight of people with disabilites.

We met Lebereka at a gathering addressed by the Gauteng health and
social development MEC Qedani Mahlangu in Westbury yesterday.

Lebereko said she was locked up by her caretakers before her transfer to
Elethu.

“When I was locked up it hurt me ,” Lebereko said.

Jane Maleka, who runs the Elethu home, said disabled women and men are
often abused by their families .

“I don’t know if I can blame it on poverty but families just don’t
take care of disabled people. They use their money and leave them
without assistance,” Maleka said.

The MEC addressed the disabled people as an initiative of the 16 Days of
No Violence Against Women and Children campaign.

Mahlangu said: “Do not turn a blind eye to domestic violence or rape.
If you know that your neighbour is being abused, encourage her to report
it to the police.”

Alison Wainw right from the department of community safety gave the
audience safety tips on how best to get out of an abusive relationships.

She said it is important to leave important documents such as ID books
and children’s clinic cards with a friend or family member for
safekeeping.

According to Wainwright most perpetrators will try to destroy these
documents to prevent victims from leaving.

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Zambia: Corporal Punishment of Children

Lillian Banda
10 December 2009

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DUE to severe beatings inflicted on him when he was a toddler, 24- year-old Mulenga Bwalya Mweso is hard of hearing in one ear.

"The maid used to beat me and slap me in the face. After a while, my parents noticed that I was having difficulties hearing from my left ear.

"They took me to hospital where it was established that my eardrums had ruptured," recounts Mweso.

While Mweso survived his childhood ordeal, other children have not. Case in point is the story of 15-year-old Dainess Moonga of Kabwe who died in August this year after she was allegedly beaten and burnt with hot water by her mother in a bid to discipline her.

The most recent case is that of a nine-year-old boy of Luanshya who died of injuries he sustained after his stepmother allegedly beat him.

Corporal punishment is an accepted form of child discipline in many societies. The legality of corporal punishment of children in Zambian homes is debatable.

Although assault is an offence there is no law that explicitly prohibits parents to use corporal punishment on their children.

Additionally, customary and cultural beliefs reinforce the right of parents to bring up their children in a way they see fit.

Corporal punishment has been prohibited in schools since 2003.

However, the Education Act does not include an explicit provision stating that corporal punishment of children in schools is prohibited.
There is neither a clear overall prohibition that is accompanied with penalties.

There are provisions in the Juveniles Act allowing the use of corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure.

Rule 58.4 of the Reformatory Schools permits caning of young detainees as form of discipline.

According to the 2007 report on Child's Rights Situation in Zambia, information on the use of corporal punishment and other forms of humiliating and degrading punishment of children in childcare facilities is very limited.

However, there have been reports according to which this form of punishment is practiced by some Housefathers and mothers at different shelters and care facilities for children.

And the 2006 United Nations Study on Violence Against Children reveals that most children in orphanages, children's homes, police cells, prisons, juvenile detention facilities and reformatory schools are subjected to violence.

The study further reveals that in at least 77 countries corporal and other forms of violent punishment are accepted as legal disciplinary measures in penal institutions.

Violence by institutional staff for the purposes of "disciplining" children includes beatings with hands, sticks and hoes.

Hitting children against the wall, restraining them in cloth sacks, tying them to furniture, locking them in freezing rooms for days at a time and leaving them to lie in their own excrement.

Girls in detention and childcare facilities are at particular risk of physical and sexual abuse mainly when supervised by male staff.

The study cites lack of effective complaints, monitoring and inspection mechanisms, poorly trained staff and inadequate Government regulation as having heightened the risk of violence against children.

"Corporal punishment of Children is an evil that has been perpetuated with impunity in most societies. It is disheartening to learn that 20 years after adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), children are still subjected to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment," notes United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) country representative Lotta Sylwander.

Corporal punishment has consistently led to aggressive behaviour, anger, rage and retribution seeking.

According to a 2005 study on corporal punishment of children in Zambia commissioned by Save the Children Sweden, a number of children reported aggressive feelings such as anger, suicide, depression and physical pain as a reaction to their punishment.

About 89 per cent said they preferred to be treated with respect, to have adults listen to them and to be given a better understanding of their mistakes, while 11 per cent preferred corporal punishment.

These were mostly children from low-income environments where conflicts are commonly resolved through violent ways.

In adulthood they are more likely to be perpetrators of gender based violence.

On the other hand, children who are taught non-violent forms of discipline are more likely to have good social skills, self-discipline, critical thinking skills, personal accountability and respect for other people.

But corporal punishment does not promote these healthy ideals," said Judy Mulenga Executive Director, Zambia Civic Education Association (ZCEA).

Since Parents are primary providers in homes, prosecuting and subsequently committing them to custodial sentences would not be in the best interest of the child.

There will be need to come up with ways of dealing with the issue without endangering other rights of the child and also avoid congesting the courts

"Offenders can be ordered to go for counseling or committed to community service or both. Prosecutions can be done when the assault is particularly violent," Ms Mulenga says.

This does not mean the act is justified. It remains unlawful, but on account of its triviality the courts cannot entertain it.

And Women and Law in Southern Africa (WILSA) says Legal reforms need awareness raising and public education that aims at changing attitudes and promotes non violent ways of disciplining children.

WILSA notes that the persistent of corporal punishment against children is closely linked to the legality of its use on children, a lack of understanding of its negative effects and lack of knowledge and skills to manage discipline through non-violent ways.

"Children have died after being "disciplined" while others have been left disabled. Any form of discipline that endangers the well being of a child should not be tolerated.

"Most parents argue that a little beating is not child abuse. It is discipline. But little slaps shoves and pushes have a tendency to escalate over time and end in tragedy.

"As the child grows older beatings intensify and become more violent," Hope Kasase Khumalo, WILSA acting national co-ordinator says.

By ratifying the CRC, Zambia is obliged not only to prohibit by law corporal punishment and other forms of humiliating or degrading punishment of children in the family, school, care institutions and the juvenile justice system, but also to develop awareness and education campaigns to promote positive, non-violent discipline of children.

As the country joins the rest of the globe in commemorating 16 days of Activism On Gender Based Violence and subsequently the World Humans Right Day that falls on December 10 every year, it is important to note that preventing all forms of violence against children is key to securing a violence free society.

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カメルーン熱帯雨林地域で暮らす障害者の生存戦略

国連障害者の権利条約の発効、アフリカ障害者の10年の2019年までの延長とアフ
リカの障害者を取りまく状況が大きく変化しつつあります。障害当事者団体が、
障害者問題への取り組みにあたって果たす役割への注目も高まり、2002年以来、
国際協力機構(JICA)はアフリカ諸国の障害当事者団体リーダーを招いて「アフ
リカ障害者の地位向上研修」を実施してきました。
このような動きが、アフリカ諸国にどのような影響を及ぼしているのか、地域で
暮らす障害者の生活にどのように関わっているのか、に関する情報はきわめて限
られています。
カメルーンの熱帯雨林地域で暮らす障害者について調査している京都大学大学院
の戸田さんから、調査の中で分かったこと、考えたことに関する報告と提起を受
け、世界的な取り組み、国際協力活動の中での障害者問題への注目が地域で暮ら
す障害者の生活とどのように関わっているのかについて、一緒に考えます。
どうぞ、ご参加下さい。

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AJF・DPI日本会議合同学習会
カメルーン熱帯雨林地域で暮らす障害者の生存戦略

報告者:戸田美佳子さん(京都大学大学院アジア・アフリカ地域研究科)
日時:2009年12月13日(日)午後2時〜4時半
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Why Bayelsa Disabled Persons Don’t Engage In Street Begging - Sylva’s Aide

Written by Osa Okhomina,Yenagoa
Monday, 14 December 2009 18:49

Aide to Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State , Miss Ziriki Timipiri Godswill, weekend explained why physically-challenged persons in the state refuse street begging, saying the administration was committed to the empowerment and engagement of such persons.

Miss Godswill said that though there was much to be done to sustain policies for the disabled, she expressed happiness that the state government programme had received the commendation of the Federal Government and attributed the positive show of activities by persons with disability to the creation of her office by Governor Timipre Sylva.

Miss Timipiri Godswill, who is also the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Bayelsa Governor on Matters Relating to Disabled Persons, said the plans for such persons will be fully achieved and that the Governor had shown compassion and treated them like others and approved a Paralympics Sports festival in the state next year.

She noted that sports festival, as proposed by the governor, is meant to engage the disabled youths and bring out their potentials.

“We are expecting more good things from the government and the physically-challenged people should not allow their condition to constrain them but should show extra might for greatness.

“In Bayelsa, we don't have the physically-challenged begging on the street".

Also, hundreds of youths living with disability have commended the governor and the Federal Government for the implementation of policies that has kept them off the streets and discouraged begging in any form, asking governors to initiate policies that will promote jobs and political participation for disabled persons.

In her speech to the disabled read at the 2009 International Day for Disabled Persons,the Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Salamatu Hussein Suleiman, had expressed concern over the rising incidence of street begging among physically-challenged people in most parts of the country, asking states to initiate Disability-friendly policies of empowerment and engagement of disabled persons.

The minister, who was represented by Mrs. Endurance Egbe, said though the Federal Government had initiated programmes to uplift disabled persons out of begging, visit to most parts of Bayelsa State showed a non-existent begging and commended the state government and the disabled persons for their creativity and engagement in positive ventures.

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Deaf graduate gets scholarship

Hard work and determination pays. A deaf Moi University graduate who overcame all odds to attain a degree Guidance and Counselling Has received to pursue her Masters degree.
This was after the Standard highlighted Rose Kwanboka's feat. Despite being deaf, Ms Kwanboka went through the four-year course without any special aids.
She copied notes from her friends and studied on her own, as she did not have an interpreter.
Now, Muhamud Said, the Africa co-ordinator of the Pedro Foundation Cavadas of Valencia, Spain -an international NGO- said the organisation would sponsor Kwanboka.
He said the story on the Standard last Friday moved him and they would meet her education costs to achieve her lifelong dreams.
"Kwanboka has demonstrated that disability is not inability," Dr Said said on telephone, on Sunday.
Kwanboka, 24, was on Sunday overwhelmed with joy when we broke the news to her at the Standard Group's Eldoret bureau.

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Nigeria: Women March Against Cancer in Anambra

Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
15 December 2009

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Awka - WOMEN from all walks of life led by the wife of the Anambra State governor Mrs. Margaret Peter Obi, alongside their friends gathered in Awka on October 26, 2009, to create awareness against the dangers of cancer of all shades as part of ceremony to mark the 2009 International cancer week. As at press time the government has installed six mammography machines in six hospitals in the state.

The women carried their awareness through the major streets in and around Awka, drawing attention on the major common cancer - cervical cancer - which has brought sorrows in many families. It is also a major medical experts as many women mistake it to be cysts or fibroid. Office of the wife of the Governor and the ministry of women Affairs and Social Development, Awka, collaborated in organizing the walk.

The walk tagged Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection walk saw, Mrs. Obi announce that a centre of excellence for cancer had been completed in the state. She said the centre was located at the General Hospital, Onitsha.

Mrs. Obi also said that all the women in the state would commence monthly breast self examination for adolescents as a measure to emphasis the prevention of cervical cancer. She listed yearly clinical examination with Mammography machine for people from 35 years and above, regular exercise and eating a lot of fruits, vegetables and other high fiber foods as some of the preventive measures.

Mrs. Obi who was represented at the cancer walk by the Women and Social Orientation Commissioner , Dr. (Mrs.) Ego Uzoezie, lamented that cancer of the cervix had dealt with women globally. She said that studies has shown that estimated 493, 000 new cases of cancer and over 273 , 000 deaths from cervical cancer occur in developing countries where Nigeria is a major stakeholder. Currently , about 800 Nigerian women are diagnosed of cervical cancer even as about half of the number die yearly.

She concluded by saying that the campaign for sexual chastity in both primary and secondary schools in the state would soon commence.

Speaking at the cancer walk, the State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Amobi Ilika, announced that the Anambra state has installed at six general hospitals, 6 Mammography machines. The machines, according to Ilika, were to be installed at general hospitals in Amaku-Awka, Ekwulobia, Onitsha, Umueri and Enugwu-Ukwu as well as a mobile mammography machine which would be used to go around the state for detection of breast cancer.

Prof. Ilika explained that early detection of cancer will enhance effective and efficient treatment of the scourge and urged women to maintain regular examination of their breasts even as he charged women to go for PAP smear test for cervical cancer while men should go for prostate cancer test. He said the increase in non communicable diseases is as a result of change in life style which the state government is confronting with the establishment of Heart, Kidney and cancer centres at Onitsha General Hospital.

Other speakers at the function including the Special Adviser to the Governor on Internally Generated Revenue, Mrs. Victoria Obinwa, and Special Adviser on Legal Matters, Lady Chigozie Abiakam, noted that most of the cancer cases were as a result of ignorance, noting that awareness campaign will help check the scourge. They urged the women to champion the spread of campaign to all the women in the state.

Also contributing, Chairman of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Anambra State chapter, Mr. Okwy Ezike, noted that they are collaborating with the Governor's wife and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development because the cost of treating cancer either by drugs, surgery or radiation is exorbitant.

In his submission however , the Facilitator of the Cancer walk and Head of Child Development Unit at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Emeka Ejide, in a chat with Daily Champion described the event as a success. He said the ministry is concerned sequel to the rate of deaths recorded as a result of cancer as at 2007, 6 million people died of cancer while there are 7.2 million cases of cancer in Nigeria. He pointed out that 22.7 million people are living with HIV/ AIDS which shows that after HIV/AIDS, cancer is the next killer disease .

Ejide noted that cancer can be managed if cases are detected early even as he thanked the state government led by Governor Peter Obi for providing Mammography machines for the state. He said if more people are killed by cancer, many children would be orphaned which the ministry would not wish. He appealed to women to avail themselves of the equipment provided by the state government for their own good and health.
Meanwhile, not less than 63 Corps members in Anambra state have been sponsored to be trained as cancer prevention and awareness activists in Anambra State by the wife of the governor.

The training was in two stages and in fulfilment of the call by the Wife of the President of the Federation, Mrs. Turai Yar'Adua for an accelerated action to improve the maternal health across the nation during a Review workshop on maternal mortality on April 29 this year in Abuja.

That workshop at Cana House, Awka, was organized by the office of Obi in collaboration of a Non-Governmental Organization, Breast without Spots headed by Prof. Ifeoma Okoye of University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu, that provided technical support. The two day training the trainees workshop started at Umunya , the National Youth Service Corps permanent orientation camp where the preliminary orientation and selection was done.

Addressing the participants, Mrs. Obi expressed gratitude to the corps members for volunteering to assist the state create awareness on the dangers of cancer, hence reducing the mortality rate of women in the society, especially those in the rural areas.

The governor's wife, represented by the Director of Administration in the Ministry of Women Affairs, Dr S.C. Okonkwo said that the training was to equip the selected trainees who went through 2 days residential intensive training adequately to carry the awareness on breast and cervical cancer to the rural areas.

She noted that since awareness and education has been adjudged the only potent way of preventing cancer, reminding them on the need to carry the rural women along with the knowledge they now have.

The out gone state Coordinator of the NYSC in Anambra state , Reverend Temitope Ajayi represented by Schedule Officer and Area Inspector for Dunukofia local government area , Mrs. Ujunwa Ubboe encouraged the corps members not to relent or be restrained by anything from passing across the message to the rural communities they have been trained to benefit from the training since according to her ignorance has been the major factor in the rural areas.

She thanked the wife of the Anambra state Governor Mrs Margaret Obi for championing the awareness on breast cancer to the rural women and finding it worthy to use corps members.

Lead Trainer and Coordinator of Mrs. Peter Obi's Integrated Maternal and Child Health Programme, Dr. Tonnie Okoye, in his lecture identified human papilomia virus as the most important cause of cervical cancer while genetic predisposition , lifestyle, smoking, alcoholism, stresses and environmental pollutants are risk factors to breast cancer.

He said also that anger, unforgivgness and bitterness provoke an acidic environment in the human body that increases susceptibility to cancer formation.

This is coming as over 1,700 persons with disability were empowered by the wife of the state governor during this year's International Day of the Persons with Disabilities in Anambra State.

Mrs. Obi during the 2007 celebration had provided working tools and assistive devices for over 50 persons who applied for assistance and in 2008 celebration over 100 were empowered and sum of N2 million grant given to 100 skilled disabled persons.

Dr Uzoezie, the Women Affairs Commissioner who disclosed this ,said the gesture was in line with the care and support of Governor Peter Obi and wife to persons with disability.

She said Gov. Obi was the first to direct placement of qualified disabled persons and physically challenged persons into the state civil service noting that ANIDS strategy of the governor has made it possible for a lot of challenged persons to be empowered and mainstreamed into all facets of the state's life.

The Women Affairs Commissioner insisted that millions of naira has been spent in the upkeep of the persons with disability in the state as electric grinders , sewing machines, shoe making machines , mobile phones wheel chairs to mention but a few were distributed at the occasion.

She reminded that some of the sports talented persons with disability won medals including gold at the sports festival at Kaduna in February, 2009. She added that Mrs. Obi had visited 177 communities and is again repeating the journey as a followup of knowing the problems of the folks in the rural communities.

She further announced that Obi's wife had assisted the ministry of women Affairs and social development in renovating and equipping the kitchen of the state owned Vocational Rehabilitation Centre.

In her lecture entitled, "Restoring the Rights and Dignity of persons with disabilities", Ignatius Uche Nwankwo of Department of Sociology/ Anthropology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said the restoration and protection of rights of persons with disabilities was a task that must involve everybody, appealing that individuals avoid actions that infringe on the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

Also in his paper entitled, "Triumphant Spirits: Conquering the challenges of Disabilities," by Prof G.C. Unachukwu warned people to be mindful that disability and indeed handicap could surface at any time during any individuals sojourn on earth hence the need to show them love at all times.

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Nigeria: FG Tasked On Disability Law

Helen Akenyin
15 December 2009

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FEDERAL Government has been urged to domesticate the UN Convention on Persons with Disabilities and ensure that its optional protocol is implemented.

Marshalling out these requests to mark the international day for the Disabled in Lagos, the President, National Handicap Careers Association of Nigeria {NAHCAN}, Mr. Adewale Adeyanju made the call recently in a press conference. He lamented that people with disability have been neglected by successive governments in Nigeria and therefore called for a change of heart by government against disabled people.

While also charging the government to implement all at other treaties and instrument signed with UN to better the lot of citizenry including child right law, Adeyanju urged government to set up Disability Affairs Commission and Ministry solely for the physically challenged.

"Rehabilitation of persons with disabilities should be upper most priority of the federal government, because if the Niger Delta militants currently being rehabilitated are given mouth watering allocation then there is no reason why the disabled should not be rehabilitated," he said.

He also appealed to the federal government to appoint Special Advisers on Disability Affairs at the Presidency and National Assembly.

Adeyanju said special trust fund should be created for persons with disabilities in Nigeria and also microfinance banks can be designated specially to help persons with disabilities who are interested in setting up and running their own business.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Executive Director Radio Capital FM, Dr. Samson Shaibu who represented the Minister of Information and Communication, Professor Dora Akunyili said, persons with disabilities are not mentally disabled and should not be seen as lazy people who do not have future.

Shaibu said Radio Nigeria Capital FM is to assist the disabled people with cars and other valuables that will make them live well. President, Deaf Women Association of Nigeria Mrs. Adedoyin Alasa, said disability was the last thing she would ever wish her enemy.

Adedoyin therefore called on the Federal Government and the public to assist persons with disability so that the country can move forward.

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Liberia: LISCR Restores Smiles to B'ville Deaf, Mute Mission

15 December 2009

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About 50 young deaf and mute students will no longer have to run into the bushes and towering grass to ease themselves, because the dilapidated structure that hosted them has been modernized.

With funding from the Liberia International Ship Corporate Registry (LISCR), through the instrumentality of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son, Robert Sirleaf, the Bardnersville Community ACFI Deaf Mission School is now a new home for the less fortunate.

The 20-room structure (including class and bedrooms) now has decent bathrooms with commode, floor mat and running water-facilities that never were before renovation began about seven weeks ago, students and authorities say.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, dedicating the renovating center Sunday, December, 14, 2009, lauded LISCR, the institution that manages the country's Maritime program, for what she called "the good public corporate responsibility".

She said LISCR was among the many corporate agencies in the country including Lebanese businesses that are responding to her government's call for corporate entities to assist with the development of the country.

She said Lebanese businesses in particular have engaged in the renovation of schools in Bomi and Montserrado counties, something she described as a "Welcoming initiative".

The Liberian leader said thought the children at the center were deaf and mute, they, too, have skills that can be developed, lauding the teachers and staff of the center for their worthwhile services to humanity.

The Liberian leader reemphasized calls on business entities and corporate agencies not to give government officials "Saturdays" and "Weekends", but they should rather used these 'packages' to build schools and other facilities for the Liberian children.

The Director of the Mission, Pastor Harrington Judedoe, said they were quite grateful for the marvelous work done on the structure that was in a very bad condition. "We thank God got LISCR and for Mr. Robert Sirleaf for the humanitarian work."

"We got in touch with Mr. Sirleaf and he got in touch with LISCR who have made this building a new one," he told The Informer.

The Vice President of LISCR Joseph Keller, in a brief statement, said his entity was pleased to be part of such initiative, and it would do more in the next ten years-the life span of its current contract with the Liberian Government.

He said as corporate entity, LISCR intends to play its role to the best of its ability during the coming years.

Mr. Keller indicated that though LISCR was created 10 years ago to manage the country's ship registry and "This does not mean that we can not engage in community development."

He said more of what was done to the deaf and mute school would be demonstrated, noting that "public interest" will always be included in the "corporate decision making" of the LISCR.

A proxy of Mr. Sirleaf, Mohammed Paasewe said his boss (Sirleaf) was pleased for the successful implementation of the project.

"When we came here, the condition of the building was in a deplorable state. There were no bathrooms and children went into the bush to ease themselves; today, they have a new building," Mohammed said

He said LISCR provided roughly US$100,000 to his boss for the revamping of the facilities. He lauded the contractor, a Chinese construction firm, Qingdao Construction Group, for completing the project in six weeks.

U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield presented gift of toys to the deaf and mute students on behave of her husband, Mr. Lafayette Greenfield, who had earlier hosted them.

Pastor Judedoe told The Informer that the ACFI - African Christian Fellowship International - established the mission in 1997 and operated in Gardnersville, but was compelled to the mission to Bardnersville township, when owner of the structure which was initially used inflated lease fees.

"We were forced to move on our own land and began building the structure in 2007. It was not complete, but we had no other alternative, but to be here," he stated.

Twenty nine students live on the compound while the 21 come form the nearby communities to attend school on the mission. The school runs up to junior high level, and students are paying about L$2,500 after international support was halted over the year. Every thing was initially free.

"Today, we are very happy for the level of great work done here. We hope that others will come to help us build our school, which foundation we have laid over there", pointing in the direction of a flat rectangular- like foundation. D K Sengbeh writes.

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Zimbabwe: Uphill Task for Disabled

Tonderai Saharo
16 December 2009

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Harare - "WHEN I grow up I want to be a teacher. I am disabled and my favourite subject is Mathematics, which we do not learn at school because it is not in our curriculum. I only learn the subject at home under my parents' supervision.

"I wish I could get an opportunity to learn Mathematics at a school that accommodates both able-bodied and children living with disabilities."

These were sentiments expressed recently by 12-year-old Nyaradzo Karamba of Chitungwiza on the sidelines of commemorations of the International Day of Disabled Persons.

Nyaradzo is among many thousands of Zimbabwean children living with disability, who face a bleak future because many of them are denied access in conventional educational facilities, that offer better educational services.

While other children her age are being taught fundamental subjects in public schools, it is not the same for Nyaradzo, who has to be content with the situation she finds herself in.

"When we are at school, all that we do is swimming, singing and playing games, and I do not like it.

"I want to learn like what some of my friends are doing at their schools," complained Nyaradzo, who was with her mother at the commemoration in Highfield recently.

Nyaradzo's hopes of becoming a teacher are bound to fail due to circumstances beyond her control, as she, like any other person living with a disability, face exclusion from education, cultural, sporting activities, and other social events.

Children living with disability are also especially vulnerable to poverty, emotional, physical, sexual and verbal abuse and neglect.

"Some children my age do not want to play with me. I do not know what they see in me," she said shedding tears.

Efforts by her parents to take her to a normal school with other able- bodied children her age were fruitless as school authorities kept on telling them that they should take her to a special school.

"We tried to enrol her in public schools but the authorities told us that there were no facilities for children with her condition and referred us to special schools which are costly," said Nyaradzo's mother.

Nyaradzo cannot walk or sit and she uses a wheelchair, but she can read and write.

"She is an intelligent child who also needs education like other children her age.

"However, at the special school she goes to, she only does one subject a day while other able-bodied children are doing more subjects," said Nyaradzo's mother.

As if being denied this fundamental right to education in conventional schools was not enough, even her access to the limited curriculum is hanging in the balance, as her parents are saying that they can no longer afford to continue taking her to the special school.

"If something is not done to make children living with disabilities accepted in public schools, this might be her last year in school," Nyaradzo's mother said.

This year's commemoration of the International Day of the Disabled Persons came at the end of the African Decade of the Disabled Persons.

One of its goals was to ensure that the number of disabled African children and youths in schools and other educational programmes, are significantly increased.

This also comes in the face of the stigma attached with disability and the subsequent ostracism of disabled people -- including children by society.

It is normal in any society that when a child is born, both family and the community celebrate because children are a blessing from God.

However, when misfortune sets in, and a child is born with a disability, joy quickly dissipates at the realisation that there is something wrong with the child and the family, some relatives and neighbours can easily cut off ties with the family.

Like other human beings, disabled people also have hopes and aspirations.

They have dreams to prosper and improve their general livelihoods, but the present challenges faced by many people living with disabilities make these aspirations a pipe dream.

This year's International Day of the Disabled Persons commemorations were held under the theme "Making the Millennium Development Goals Inclusive: Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and their Communities".

Unfortunately, Nyaradzo and many other children with disabilities are nowhere nearer achieving MDG goal number two, which aims at universal access to primary education.

In his message, National Association of Societies of the Care for the Handicapped chairperson Mr Godfrey Majonga noted that disabled people were still being denied access to education, notwithstanding that education is key in the eradication of poverty among communities.

"When the MDGs were announced, I breathed a sigh of relief that disability's arch nemesis -- poverty -- would be eradicated while the attendant problems of achieving universal primary education (would) be solved," said Mr Majonga.

He was also of the view that the exclusion of disability in the MDGs has a negative impact among donor communities.

"It is sobering to realise that most donor interventions are premised on the MDGs and if disability does not get a place in the MDGs it will forever remain excluded in donor policies and practices," he said.

"The net effect of the exclusion of people with disabilities from the MDGs is that they are largely unable to benefit from the achievements made in attaining these goals," he added.

"The MDGs have a glaring shortcoming as they leave out people with disabilities and do not mention them in the eight development goals and their targets. Disabilities are not mentioned in any of the 48 MDG indicators set out to monitor the progress of achievement of these goals," Mr Majonga said.

Nascoh appealed to Government and NGOs to include people with disabilities in national development.

"All it needs is willpower and political will. From society, we ask for that will- power. From Government, we ask for more political will," Mr Majonga added.

Mrs Dorothy Mutani, acting Head at St Giles Special School for the Disabled, revealed that it takes up to nine years for a child to complete primary education when he or she is enrolled at a special school.

"Quick learners take up to nine years to complete primary education, as a child is taught according to his or her understanding," she said.

She added: "Special schools are mainly found in major cities and disabled children in remote areas face serious problems as they are forced to travel to the nearest special school."

Mrs Mutani said the inclusion of able-bodied and the disabled in normal schools required infrastructure that makes it easy for them to be accessible to those who are physically challenged.

"Infrastructure must be made accessible to make the schools user- friendly to people who are disabled," she said.

"Some of the infrastructure that requires reconstruction in schools includes wheelchair ramps, as well as special toilets for the disabled."

It is estimated that the construction of a ramp costs US$200 per building.

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Debate on challenges of access for the handicapped

Huambo - The League of Assistance to the Integration of the Disabled (LARDEF), in the central Huambo province, is holding this Tuesday a debate on national reconstruction and the challenges of access for the handicapped.

The meeting is happening in the conference room of the "Santo Anselmo" library and is being attended by LARDEF members, government officials, representatives of NGOs, churches and other invited guests.

Speaking to ANGOP, the co-ordinator of LARDEF, Lu?s Quintas Xavier, revealed that the debate aims at collection contributions on the conditions of access of people with disabilities into public and private infrastructures.

On the other hand, he said that the organising commission aims at making the society aware of the issue of access to public venues, in order to facilitate the lives of physical disabled persons.

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Ministries help people disabled in Congo violence regain independence

By Mags Gargan
Catholic News Service

BUNIA, Democratic Republic of Congo (CNS) -- The attack came at night.
One ethnic group against another. Twenty-eight-year-old Claudine Dhesi remembers hearing the gunshots as they whizzed by and the machete- wielding raiders flailing away at anyone in sight. One of them gashed her right leg.

"I was left for dead until the morning," she said.

Seriously wounded, Dhesi was slow to recover. She ended up losing her leg. That's when her troubles began.

"My husband abandoned me when they removed my leg," she recalled in an interview with Catholic News Service. "My brother-in-law took me in at first, then my cousin found me and took me in, but it was difficult for them to accept me because I could not contribute anything. They thought I was useless and I was neglected. So now I live with a friend and I am concentrating on tailoring, and making my independence."

Today, though, Dhesi is learning the craft of tailoring under Synergie Simama, a collection of religious and community groups that came together to serve people with disabilities sustained in ethnic fighting that long plagued the central African country.

Dhesi is among dozens of disabled people who are attempting to piece their lives back together now that the violence has subsided in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yvonne Bura, a counselor with Synergie Simama, said that like many of the other women Dhesi is traumatized and feels she is no longer valued.
The group works to improve the lives of disabled people by providing host of services including medical programs and organizing community members to help them understand the needs of traumatized people.

"What we find is that sometimes they have difficulty concentrating,"
Bura said. "They can sleep in class because they never sleep at night.
When we approach the family to get more information sometimes we find serious problems at home.

"Many are abandoned by their husbands and some of them are sent by family members into town to beg for money. What we do here is useless if they are not taken care of at home," she continued. "We need to change the family's attitude to accept them and not to try and get something out of them.

"The best solution is to integrate them into the community. Through this training they can contribute to the family and the goal is for them to teach their new skills to at least one family member and through this process they learn to value themselves," she said.

In Bunia, the committee sponsors an association which offers counseling and training to women injured during the violence. The diocese provides the facilities for vocational training in tailoring, farming, embroidery and baking so the women can become financially independent.

In the town of Bogoro, the site of a massacre by the Ngiti and Lendu tribes in 2002 which left 200 dead, Synergie Simama funds a grass-roots employment training program run by members of the community.

Ngozi Monu, 18, was discovered in a displacement camp in the neighboring village of Vilo by a field team organized by the program. He lost both of his legs in 2007 when he stepped on a land mine. Until recently, he had been dependent on family and friends for support.

"I could not afford a wheelchair so I had to crawl around," Monu said.
"Everyone neglected me, apart from my mother, and they looked down on me because I could do nothing for myself."

Last year when his village was attacked by a looting militia, Monu escaped only because his friends carried him to Vilo. Upon joining the project in Bogoro Monu's independence returned when he was given a tricycle wheelchair. He is being trained in welding and hopes to open his own business.

"Before I couldn't manage to survive on my own, I had no hope," he said.
"Now through the training I am receiving here, I can finally be self- reliant."

Further south in the city of Goma, Jesuit Refugee Service has been working with the most vulnerable in camps for internally displaced people, meeting basic needs and offering income-generating education programs.

The coordinator, Jesuit Father Gerry Clarke, a native of Ireland, said his team's work goes beyond emergency relief. "The fruits of the work are getting to know people and sharing their warmth and their laughs,"
he said.

The camps in the eastern part of the country are closing now that security has been restored and the Jesuit Refugee Service is moving its operation south to Masisi, the area most of the internally displaced people call home.

Walking around what remains of the Goma camp, Father Clarke is followed by a group of inquisitive children. Some use crutches; others have their legs in braces. One young child has both his legs encased in plaster casts.

Father Clarke visits with people who live in plastic shacks built on a field of volcanic rock left by an eruption in 2002. He gives a bandage to an elderly woman who lost both legs to polio. A woman with a deformed arm, thanks to a gunshot wound, asks him for help with her leaky roof.
Another woman who was sick with malaria seeks a blessing.

"This is what we do. We make friends with the vulnerable, accompany them, walk in their shoes, and have a presence here so that we can speak up for them," Father Clarke said. "People with no resources really have no chance here. They endure so much but they keep smiling, and they have an incredibly strong faith in God."

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Ghana: People With Disability Still Crying for Help

Helena Selby
16 December 2009

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People with Disability (PWD) are rarely considered to be one of the most vulnerable in society, but always women and children. According to statistics, about 10% of the global population is made up of people with disabilities.

Even though they constitute almost the least percentage the rest of the 90% population always feel reluctant to help them, leaving their fates into their own hands. Day in and day out, they seek support and recognition from society, through the media and numerous campaigns, but all to no avail.

It is always the dream of people with disabilities in Ghana, that so long as the disability bill is passed, their position in society will be influenced positively. However things have not worked in their favour, as it is now about four years since it was passed, but still people with disability suffer discrimination.

The bill, after many years of agitation for its passage, has finally been passed, but its implementation has always been a big issue, as the government seems to be too busy attending to other issues, rather than ensuring its implementation, with society, as well, refusing to help.

The disability bill in Ghana

The Ghana Parliament passed the Persons with Disability Bill on June 23rd 2006. The Disability Act, according to the Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD), has 12 main objectives, some of these is to create an enabling environment for the full participation of PWDs in national development, to ensure access of PWDs to education and training at all levels, to facilitate the employment of PWDs in all sectors of the economy, to promote disability friendly roads, transport, and housing facilities, to ensure access of PWDs to effective healthcare and adequate medical rehabilitation services, to ensure that women with disabilities enjoy the same rights and privileges as their male counterparts, to ensure that law enforcement personnel, in cases of arrest, detention, trial and confinement of PWDs, take into account the nature of their disabilities, and as well to ensure access of PWDs to the same opportunities in recreational activities and sports, as other citizens.

The democratic rule of Ghana compelled the previous government to do its best in passing the disability bill, so as to give those living with disabilities a stronghold in their own motherland. The bill has been passed, but what is the government and society doing to make the bill a reality, and not just paperwork.

In Ghana, and many parts of the world, people with disabilities are considered unproductive and a burden on society. Even those who strive to make a difference are barely recognised. According to one Mr. Addo Yeboah, a disabled in the wheelchair at Circle, Accra, he decided to sell candies by the roadside, as he has no one to support him financially.

He was very surprised when a woman sent her son to buy candy, and when the boy was buying from him, the woman scolded him, ordering him (the boy) to go to a better place to buy the candy.

According to him, he felt very disappointed at the action of the woman, as he used to be a normal being until his involvement in an accident. It has been the attitude of society to shun people with disabilities who sell, as some consider them to be unhygienic and sometimes evil.

Situation of PWDs

Women with disabilities experience a high incidence of sexual abuse, including rape, incest, and sexual molestation in their everyday lives, and are more likely to always fall victim to sexual abuse, due to their extreme vulnerability. Not long ago, a blind woman was reported as being raped through which she became pregnant, her disability has made her have no idea who is responsible for her pregnancy.

It is estimated that about 90% of children with disabilities in developing countries do not attend schools, and the global literacy rate for adults with disabilities is 3%, and for women with disabilities, only 1% are literate.

People with disability with education are never given the chance to explore their potential, but are always being discriminated against.
Both genders are discriminated at workplaces, and those who tend to obtain some from of education, do not go far with it, due to the discrimination. Some of these educated disabled men, due to such situations lose confidence.

People living with disability due to poverty, and the rate they are being discriminated against, tend not to send their wards to school, sometimes with the reason that just like they did not gain anything from the little education they had, educating their wards would be a waste of resources and time. Their children grow up to have no vocation or profession to help improve upon the family's economic state. The vicious cycle of poverty sets in, as the children will find it difficult to cater for their children, as well make them a burden on society.

According to the United National Enable, about 80 to 90% of persons with disabilities of working age in developing countries are unemployed. In industrialised countries, the figure is between 50 and 70%, which is still high compared to the United States national unemployment rate of 9.4%, and the United Kingdom's 5.4 %.

The expectations of PWDs

PWDs have been discriminated against for too long a time, and it is a good thing that the United Nations (UN), governments and organisational bodies have come to empathise with PWDs, to free them from their plight.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people face.

This Act has been significantly extended, including the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and it is a good thing that the government of Ghana has come to their aid, with the passage of the bill.

According to the President of the Ghana Federation of Disabled (GFD), Mr. Samuel Kwesi Asare, three years after the promulgation of this act, its implementation was yet to be effected.

Worried about way the act is not being implemented, he noted that what the GFD requires most, is the political will on the part of the state, to ensure the implementation of the National Disability Act.

The GFD has the conviction that further delay in the implementation of the act, would serve as an obstacle to the agenda of mainstreaming disability concerns to national development.

Conclusion

The passage of the bill by the government does not bring about the liberties and recognition supposed to be given to people with disabilities. The government should make it a point to complete the freedom it has given these people. As disability is inevitable in everyone's life, who knows, anyone can be a victim, so the government in power ought to make it a point to monitor its implementation, as it can be of good to everyone in the future.

Society should, as well, eradicate the superstition that people with disability are evil, and learn to give a helping hand, since helping them to stand on their feet, would lift the burden they have placed on society.

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Achievement of MDGs would be mirage without addressing disability

December 17, 2009 Sambolgo (U/E), Dec 17, GNA - The Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) has appealed to the government to ensure that issues affecting persons with disabilities are considered in the implementation of projects and programmes towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Members of the District Branch of the GFD said this at a ceremony on Wednesday to mark International Day for the Disabled.

The spokesperson for the District Branch of the GFD, Mr David Aniaa, said Ghana could not boast of getting close to the set targets when the actions and inactions of government and society continued to draw a large number of Persons with Disability into perpetual hardships.

"Persons with disability do not have easy access to public buildings, including the hospitals and clinics, so how do we get access to quality health care by ourselves?

He said there were instances that some disabled children were abandoned and some confined in rooms or hidden where mosquitoes feasted on them.

Mr. Aniaa said there were also instances where disabled children were seen as useless, therefore were not educated.

He said disabled pregnant women have to crawl or struggle to climb steps of hospitals and clinics before getting antenatal care.

The District Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Mr Amos Ayuure, said if there was any denial of human rights against any group of person, most targets among the MDGs could not be attained by the set date.

He said the protection and promotion of all fundamental human rights were key to the attainment of the MDGs.

As part of the day, the members organized free breast cancer screening and counselling for women Sambolgo and Namoo.

GNA

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Moroccan schools improving access for disabled children

2009-12-17

Civil society partnerships and new specialist centres may increase school enrolment rates for disabled children.

By Sarah Touahri for Magharebia in Rabat - 17/12/09

[Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images] Social Development Minister Nouzha Skelli said Morocco has made enormous strides in providing services for handicapped children.

Morocco is working to improve services for Down's syndrome and other handicapped children, many of whom have no access to local primary schools.

Halima, 45, lives in Sidi Kacem with her husband and four children, including an 8-year-old boy with Down's syndrome. For years, Halima hoped her son would be able to attend school in spite of his disability, but no schools in the region cater to children with special needs.

"Othmane is a Moroccan citizen, even though he has a disability," she said. "The state should think about all children like him. To send him to school, I'd have to move to Casablanca or Rabat, but it wouldn't be easy for my husband to move to either of those two cities," she said.

According to a survey conducted in 2004, only 32% of all disabled children attended school. This figure is one-third the rate of school enrolment for other children.

Morocco has only been paying particular attention to children with special needs over the past few years, according to sociologist Samira Kassimi. "The High Commission for the Disabled was only established in 1995, and the State Secretariat for the Disabled was created in 1998," she said.

In addition to creating special classrooms and institutions for these children, Kassimi continued, "we must not neglect their families, who are the primary source of support for these children."

Minister of Social Development, Family and Solidarity Nouzha Skelli said her department is trying to overcome the lack of infrastructure to provide for handicapped children, but emphasised the enormous strides made in the last year.

While only 15 special integrated classrooms were set up last year to provide for special needs children with mild disabilities, a "record number" of 400 classrooms were created in 2009, the minister said.

The Ministry of Social Development is also devoting a budget of 11 million dirhams so that 1,427 children with severe disabilities can receive an education at 48 specialist education centres. The Ministry also gives priority to organisations that are able to teach children in suburban and rural areas, where the cost of teaching is high.

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Somalia: Mortar Shell Injuries Two of Former Somali National Disabled Army in Mogadishu

18 December 2009

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Somali - MOGADISHU (Sh. M. Network) - at least two of the Somali national Somali disabled army have been wounded at Martini hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu after mortar shell landed in the hospital, official told shabelle radio on Friday.

Abdi Mahad Ali, the spokesman of the former Somali national handicapped forces told Shabelle radio that the two the soldiers were wounded as a mortar shell hit one of their houses in Martini hospital in Mogadishu adding that part of the hospital were also demolished.

Speaking to Shabelle radio, the spokesman said that an even part of a court building in the hospital was also destroyed as the shelling affected.

Martini hospital is a home for more of the former Somali army who lost their limbs during the war between Somalia and Ethiopia in 1977-1982 and was one of the hospitals built in era of Barre's government which was overthrown 1991 and never rebuilt.

The officials demanded from the Somali people help them and rebuild their houses in the Martini hospital in Mogadishu.

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ZAMBIA RATIFIES INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR DISABLED

LUSAKA, Dec 19 (NNN-ZANIS) - Zambia has approved the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Vice President George Kunda announced the development at a press briefing in Lusaka today.

Mr. Kunda said the decision by government to ratify the Convention signifies its commitment to the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Mr. Kunda disclosed that government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will soon file instruments of ratification of this Convention with the United Nations.

The Convention, which is an international Treaty identifies the Rights of persons with disabilities to guarantee them human right. It also contains provisions for the protection of persons with disabilities from being subjected to torture or cruel, inhuman, degrading punishment as well as all forms of exploitation, violence and abuse including gender related aspects.

And Mr. Kunda, who is also Minister of Justice, has announced that government will next year construct 70 new Local Courts and rehabilitate 30 others in the country in a bid to increase access to justice by all citizens.

Mr. Kunda said K33 billion has been allocated for the works towards court infrastructure development following the approval of the 2010 budget by parliament.

Mr. Kunda observed that in many parts of the country, court sessions are being conducted in dilapidated structures while in some areas such infrastructure was non-existent.

In a related development, Vice President Kunda says government is determined to increase access to Judiciary in an efficient and less costly manner through the Small Claims Courts.

Mr. Kunda says the Small Claims Courts, that are presided by Private Legal Practitioners called Commissioners have proved to be popular for litigants in society who are pursuing small claims for as little as K55, 000 to K20 million inclusive of the cost of service of claim on a Defendant.

He revealed that the Judiciary will soon announce the number of cases that have so far of been disposed and dealt with by these courts.

Mr. Kunda attributed this achievement to user friendly and convenient procedures for litigants and small claims.

In August this year, President Rupiah Banda launched the Small Claims Courts in Lusaka and Ndola. Another similar Court will soon be established in Kitwe on the Copperbelt province in a quest to provide quality delivery of justice which is critical to good governance. - NNN- ZANIS

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Media urged to educate public on problems of the deaf

December 19, 2009 Koforidua, Dec. 19, GNA - Mr Samuel K. Asare, National President of the Association of the Deaf, has appealed to the media to create awareness on issues concerning the deaf to enable them to be integrated well into the society.

At a press conference in Koforidua on Friday, he challenged the media to educate the public so that many misconceptions about the deaf would be corrected.

Mr Asare expressed dissatisfaction about people referring to the deaf as "deaf and dumb" saying they are "deaf but not dumb".

He urged the public to appreciate the fact that while different tribes spoke their own dialects, the deaf also used Sign Language.

Mr Asare appealed to the public to try to learn the Sign Language as they learnt other languages to be able to communicate effectively with the deaf.

He said the public could help to integrate the deaf into society by encouraging parents to send their deaf children to school.

Mr Ebenezer A. Asamoah, National Administrator of the Association of the Deaf, said the problem of access to public information was one of the difficulties being faced by the deaf.

He said there was also the lack of interpreter services at public places like the hospitals, banks and police stations.

Mr Asamoah said difficulties in communication prevented the deaf to gain employment and that resulted in wide- spread poverty among them.

"Opportunities for remunerative work for the deaf are severely limited and those who are lucky settle on labour intensive poorly paid jobs".

On education, Mr Asamoah said the education of the deaf was limited mainly to the Senior High School level and that majority of their teachers did not possess adequate Sign language skills to effectively communicate and impart knowledge to them.

GNA

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Uganda fails inclusive education test

Written by Simon Musasizi
Sunday, 20 December 2009 19:53

Nineteen-year-old Emma is crippled but his dream is to become a computer engineer. The Senior Two student was born with spina bifida, which makes him move only a short distance before getting tired. Although he is usually dropped at school by his parents, he still finds problems moving within the school.

The school has few ramps. Only steps are available, which limits his movements. In most cases his friends have to lift him up and down the steps. Yet Emma’s woes do not stop at that. He has internal complications that he cannot control his bladder and rectal functions.
At the school where he studies, there is no accessible toilet for persons with disabilities, which has left him with no option but resorting to using diapers.

Inaccessibility to toilet facilities is cited as one of the reasons for the high dropout rate among children with physical disabilities in the new report, ‘Disability is not inability’ released by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) last week. The report reveals that most schools use pit latrines, which are usually dirty.

“Going to the toilet becomes an ordeal that the child dreads, and the humiliation makes many children stay home after a brief period of going to school. Many [pit latrines] have narrow doors and steps and are therefore impossible for a physically disabled child to access with or without a wheelchair. Their only option is to crawl on the floor,” the report sadly reads.

One of the principles underlying the implementation of education policies in Uganda is that of inclusive education. That is why government, in January 1997, introduced Universal Primary Education (UPE) which was followed by Universal Secondary Education (USE) in 2007.

This is reasserted in the Persons with Disability Act 2006 and is consistent with international standards set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and the UN standards on equal opportunity. The belief is that when a physically disabled child is enrolled in a school with good physical environment, the child can learn within an ordinary setting.

According to UNESCO, “inclusive education is based on the right of all learners to a quality education that meets basic learning needs.”

Focusing particularly on vulnerable and marginalized groups, inclusive education seeks to develop the full potential of every individual. The ultimate aim of inclusive education is to end all forms of discrimination and foster social cohesion. There is increasing recognition that it is better for children with special needs to attend regular schools, albeit with various forms of special support and reasonable adjustment for the needs of the child by the school.

However, for inclusive education to work, the report notes that “there must be a restructuring of the cultures, policies and practices in schools to respond to the diversity of pupils within the locality, identification and then reduction of the barriers to learning and participation, providing accessible curriculum, appropriate training programs for teachers.”

Whereas the government of Uganda is pursuing an inclusive policy, it is not supported by structural changes. Children with special needs are simply incorporated into ordinary schools and left to cope as best they can.

Under the Persons with Disability Act, for example, Government is supposed to commit not less than 10% of all educational expenditure to the educational needs of PWDs. However, the report reveals that at the present, there is no specific budget allocation to special needs education.

According to the report, issues concerning children with special needs are considered by Ministry of Education and Sports as cross-cutting and as such, it is the development funding that is allocated to the different departments which is expected to cater for children with special needs. There is no special curriculum designed for children with special needs and no trained teachers.

Nakasero Primary School has 25 children with different forms of disability including 16 children who are visually impaired, four deaf and three with physical disabilities, but the school does not have any teacher qualified to attend to their special needs. At Kyambogo University, the report reveals that only one faculty, Faculty of Special Needs Education, has a ramp and can be accessed by persons using crutches or wheelchair. Most buildings in the university are inaccessible including the senate building.

Every year, government provides sponsorship to 4,000 students under the merit sponsorship scheme, of which 64 are students with disabilities.
The public universities where they are admitted employ guides for disabled students. However, according to the report, the challenges these 64 people meet are enormous.

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Rwanda: Over 3000 Disabled Children Integrated in Schools

20 December 2009

Kigali - A total of 3030 Children with disabilities have been able to study alongside their able-bodied colleagues ever since government launched a program aimed at integrating the children with special needs into ordinary schools.

The Child friendly project was jointly started a year ago by the government in partnership with some NGO's such as Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the UN's children organ, UNICEF.
"Since the programme started, more children with disabilities have joined from home into all levels of education," Mary Kobusingye, special Education Professional Officer in the Ministry of Education told Sunday Times.

She disclosed that over the past year they have embarked on a campaign to prepare the schools to host the children.

According to Kobusingye, since the project started child friendly model schools have increased from 20 to 50 across the country.

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Nigeria: Council Boss Wants Special Budget for Physically Challenged

21 December 2009

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Reports - A council chairman, Dr. Samuel Adedayo Thursday in Lagos advocated special budgetary allocations for the physically challenged to enhance their education and social integration.

Adedayo, Chairman, Apapa/Iganmu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that such a development would alleviate the suffering of the group.

He said such an incentive would also give the physically challenged a sense of belonging in the society.

"The various tiers of government should put in motion machinery for legislation or clear cut policy statements recognising the rights of persons with disability.

" Recognition the right of persons with disability to life will make meaningful contributions to national development," he said.

Adedayo said the aim of the special budget should be to bring them into the nation's social, economic and political life.

He said more special schools should be established for the physically challenged and more trained teachers and instructors be employed for their education.

"Special opportunity for employment, financial empowerment and others form of incentives that will accelerate their full integration into the society shall be given to them," he said.

Adedayo had at a celebration of persons with disability recently in Lagos, said that about 19 million Nigerians were physically challenged.

The event was organised by a rehabilitation centre in Lagos -- Golden Pen Media Concept Company - in commemoration of the 2009 International Day for Persons with Disability.

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Liberia: Gov't Feels Wind of Change

21 December 2009

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has described as "sign for strong partnership" actions by some major corporations in the country to give back voluntarily to the communities in which they are working and investing.

An Executive Mansion press statement signed and issued over the weekend by Presidential Press Secretary Cyrus Badio said it has been the dream and administration goal of President Sirleaf to see the corporations meet their social obligations to the community without being mandated or coerced by government to do so.

"Over the years, local communities have reaped little benefits from these investments. However, a wind of change is now blowing across the land," the release said.

According to the release, the private business entities were increasingly responding positively to the President's insistence, requiring them to fulfill their social obligations to the communities in furtherance of the government's development agenda.

The release did not say whether the government has set into place mechanism for evaluating the quality, relevance, usability, and durability what goes back into the community from the corporation's goodwill since such give would be counted as development achievements, but it cited progress beginning with community improvement within the camps of the Firestone Rubber Plantations in Margibi County.

It said due to President Sirleaf's persistence that the company improve the living condition of the workers, which temporarily ran counter to the employees' wishes because they wanted increased wage to any things else, the company, acknowledging its shortcomings in these areas, responded.

"Today, the living conditions of workers at Firestone is much better off than it was fear years ago," the release said. Just recently, the company turned over to Government a structure, which houses science courses at the University of Liberia's main campus following successful renovation work by the company. The building, coincidently, is named in honor of the company's founder, Harvey Firestone, the release said.

"The contribution by Firestone is one in several other support private corporations and individuals are provided in response to the President's call for commitment to the communities," the release said.

Besides Firestone, it said, the MacBain Foundation, Gorge Soros's Open Society Initiative, the Liberia Education Trust, the Sirleaf Market Women Fund, Ambassador David Straz, Foundation for Women, were just few of the companies that have responded to the President's call by supporting Liberia and buttressing government's development programs.

"If there is any group, we can say that are Liberians - it is this group," President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said of the Lebanese Community, when she dedicated one of such projects Saturday, December 19, in Mango Town, Lower Virginia, Montserrado County. The Community spearheaded the renovation of a school for the Deaf and Mute in the area, with a promise to renovate another annex to the school and install a water tank, according to the Union's President, Mr. Tony Hage.

The building project is the latest by the Lebanese Community in response to the President's call for more support for community and other projects. The Union recently turned over to Government a newly renovated and equipped technical and vocational section for the William V.S.
Tubman High School in Monrovia. As if all projects were set for dedication during this period, the President dedicated another home for the Deaf and Mute last week in Barnesville.

The project, funded by LISCRC, is part of the entity's commitment to uplift Liberia. "We will demonstrate more commitment to social responsibility as a responsible corporate partner," the LISCR Vice President, Joseph Kelleh, assured the Liberian leader who expressed her satisfaction about corporations responding to her call.

"This is exactly what we want to see, especially when it is being done this Christmas season," the President noted.

Driving home further the principle of giving, the President appealed to the consciences of those who can to extend a helping hand to the unfortunate ones. "Just think about it; if every bottle of whisky you buy is spent on a bag of rice, you could feed about one-hundred children this Christmas."

The spirit of giving was undoubtedly paramount on the President's plate when she visited her ancestral towns of Korma and Julejuah, in Bomi County, sitting and chatting with family members and other community dwellers and sharing gifts among residents including mothers and children.

The President takes Christmas on the road again this year, by spending the day in Belle Yallah, a town famous for the political prisons where past governments locked up dissidents.

For the first time, in the history of the nation, that town is being linked to the rest of the country by road. More than a Christmas gift, the opening of a motor road to Belle Yallah was a clear sign of changes that were reaching every corner of the Liberian nation under President Sirleaf's leadership.

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Builders called to observe disabled person's concern

Luanda - The Luanda provincial director of Public Works, Torres Bunga, Friday here appealed to contractors to respect the Government’s recommendation to remove the barriers that restrict the access of physically disabled people to public places.

Speaking to Angop, the official said that a cooperation of contractors and the civil society on the issue will help restore the dignity of persons with disabilities.

Torres Bunga considered as important the need for punitive measures against infringements, as this leaves a section of the population excluded, due to their difficulty to move around the city.

The Luanda Government recently recommended the combination of efforts to eliminate urban and architectonic barriers, thus enabling people with reduced mobility to access services in the community, and creating conditions for an effective exercise of full citizenship.

The measure follows recommendations from international organisations, including the United Nations and its specialised agencies.

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Works for disabled people positive

Luanda- The work done by the Angolan Association of Disabled People and ex-Soldiers (Ammiga), in 2009, meant to improve their living standards have been considered as positive, Angop learnt.

This was expressed Thursday in Luanda by Ammiga's chairperson, Domingos Martins Ngola, who added that despite logistics constraints the association managed to carry out various social projects in northern Malanje and south-western Namibe provinces.

He also said that due to logistic problems, it was not possible to open delegations in the provinces of Uije and Zaire (north), which leaves the institution worried, as there are a lot of members in need of assistant.

Domingos Ngola said that the reduction in the number of beggars and ex-soldiers around the country is a result of the work done by the institution this year.

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Abandoned girl reunites with family

Sunday, 27th December, 2009

Maria Kulaba next to her mother after attending Nalufenya medical care centre

By Tonny Nsoona

A girl, who was abandoned by her father 10 years ago, citing her disability as a curse, has been reunited with her family for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Maria Kulaba, 17, of Kimanto in Iganga district, on Tuesday met her father, Patrick Kulaba.

A beaming Maria was accompanied to her father’s home by her mother, Elizabeth Namuli, a counsellor, James Ibanda and Adrien Genoud of Omoana Child Rehabilitation Centre of St. Francis Health Care Services in Njeru, Mukono district.

“I am very delighted with Omoana Child Centre for the care and treatment of my daughter,” said Namuli.

Over 50 excited residents of Kimanto village gathered at Kimanto Primary School to receive Maria.

Addressing the residents, Namuli said spending four months with Kulaba in Nalufenya Children’s Hospital and Omoana Child Centre was a turning-point in her life because her daughter was looked after well and her health improved.

Kulaba’s father expressed happiness on receiving his daughter and regretted abandoning her. He thanked those who looked after her.

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Fact Is: We Never Even Tried!

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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

I continue to have problems with the vastly unreflective nature of Ghanaian journalism in ways that often significantly affect my gut reaction to news events and reportage. For instance, the New Crusading Guide article captioned “Inside Ghana’s Mad House: We Have Failed ? Prof. Attafuah” (MyJoyOnline.com 12/23/09) was supposed to be an analytical follow-up to a previous investigative piece titled “ Undercover Inside Ghana’s Mad House” and composed by Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas, if memory serves this observer-commentator accurately.
Interestingly, in a fit to promptly firing off the following observations and remarks, I had an extremely hard time trying to locate the name of the original author whose investigative series touched off this quite momentous and healthy national “multi-log(ue)” regarding the treatment, or woeful lack thereof, of the mentally handicapped among us.

In any case, it is not quite clear precisely what he means, when Prof. Kenneth Agyeman-Attafuah opines that as a nation, Ghana has “epically” failed to adequately protect and care for the mentally challenged and incapacitated among us. Actually, the renowned criminologist did not use exactly the term that this writer is attributing to him, although the sentiment encased in Prof. Attafuah’s observation is glaringly unmistakable. The problem here, though, as is also the case with the bulk of Ghanaian media fare, is that there is hardly any credible historical evidence indicating that, indeed, Ghana, as a nation, has at anytime in its postcolonial history accorded especial attention to either the protection or clinical treatment of the psychologically handicapped among us.

And the following is sad and utterly shameful to admit, but just about the only period in our collective national memory, as a sovereign polity or state, when the clinically insane among us could be comfortably said to have been accorded any semblance of decent treatment (at least those fortunate enough to have been admitted to any one of our “asylums” or psychiatric hospitals) was when the European “imperialists” (in Nkrumaist parlance) operated the physical facility of the Accra Mental Hospital (a. k. a. Asylum). To be certain, when I first toured the facility with my parents and a couple of my siblings during Christmas in either 1968 or 1969, Asylum creditably presented an enviably antiseptic and morally prepossessing milieu. Still, even as Dr. Lloyd Amoah, the development policy analyst of the Accra-based Ashesi University, aptly and poignantly points out, the current state of abject decadence that has come to personify Asylum is, indeed, also one that is metaphorically and inescapably symptomatic of the postcolonial Ghanaian polity at large.

Nonetheless, it may aptly be deemed to be rather much of a stretch when Prof. Attafuah characterizes the abject state of our nation’s mental health profession as one reflective of staggering failure, both in practical and moral terms, as well as an inexcusable embarrassment; for the truth of the matter is that as a people and a nation, we never really tried to make the well-being of the woefully incapacitated, particularly the mentally unsound, our topmost priority, as Americans are wont to say ? the preceding, incidentally, may also account for the morally depressing fact of Ghana having more than its fair share of physicians (or medical doctors) opting, on the flimsiest of pretexts, to gun for the presidency, rather than distinguish themselves in the various sub-fields of their academic and professional training, beyond having garnered quite impressive “sheepskin” credentials, as it were. Not long ago, a well-meaning countryman even reckoned that, perhaps, Mr. Fidel Castro’s Cuba has produced more physicians for service in Ghana than any of our country’s medical schools.

Indeed, the problem may squarely be envisaged to be one of both culture and the economic exigencies of the times. Traditionally, the mentally indisposed have been routinely and flagrantly tagged with being willfully possessed of demons. This means that when any semblance of therapy has been assayed, particularly in the paranormal realm, it has almost invariably been to first and foremost identify these mentally ill patients for what they are most assuredly not ? willful demonic contractors ? and then self-righteously offer them “forgiveness” in prelude to “exorcising” them of whatever demonic spirits may be claimed to constitute the source and essence of their torment. And when they have not proven themselves to be amenable to the available/known traditional therapeutic regimens, these mentally handicapped citizens are then proscribed and virtually and literally consigned to oblivion.

In our heavily Westernized contemporary era, the issue tends to simply boil down to a visceral matter of cedis and pesewas. Still, there is also the “holistic” aspect of this process which is routinely and cavalierly ignored, and whose vestiges could be clearly seen from the New Crusading Guide’s article captioned “Inside Ghana’s Mad House.”
And it is the fact that both spiritual and clinical therapy methods have a central role to play in the treatment of the psychologically impaired, which is primarily what being classified as “mad” implies.

Consequently, the myopic tendency of “Afropean” journalists to routinely, thoughtlessly and mordantly assault traditional means of treating the clinically insane must be promptly and critically reviewed.
Such abject disdain for African culture is symptomatic of acute inferiority complex. The latter observation, however, is not to uncritically endorse, or even overlook, some of the clearly dubious and/ or grossly deficient aspects of traditional therapeutic protocol. And here also, of course, it goes without saying that the Western approach to the treatment of the clinically insane, or handicapped, is not foolproof.

Anyway, the problem with the largely “unreflective” Ghanaian media fare can be seen from the curious fact that in not even a single passing comment did the author of “Inside Ghana’s Mad House” make an adequate reference to the gist of Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ original tinder of an expos?. Thus, for instance, those who did not read the previous article would not have, in anyway, known that some of the professionals entrusted with the delicate care of the clinically insane among us have actually taken up the at once bizarre and unsavory habit of dealing illegal drugs to these most vulnerable of our citizenry.

Maybe it is about time that Ghanaians started demanding that a niche ? or special funding allocation ? be created in our annual national budget for the especial benefit of our “Mad Ones.” For make no mistake, the clinically insane are actually those of us who continue to callously and regressively shirk our collective responsibility for the denizens of the various “Asylums” in the country. And while still on the foregoing subject, please, let us be sensitive and caring in our use of language, even as our parents and grandparents used to counsel and, indeed, also practice. Who is an “imbecile,” by the way?

*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of English, Journalism and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College of the State University of New York, Garden City. He is also a Governing Board Member of the Accra-based Danquah Institute (DI), the pro-democracy policy think tank, and the author of 21 books, including “Intimations of Love ” (Atumpan Publications/Lulu.com, 2009). E-mail: okoampaahoofe@aol.com.
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