Malawi launches national disability mainstreaming strategy

UN has called on government of Malawi to provide more support to people with disabilities by allocating adequate resources to the department of disability.

UN women representative Clara Anyangwe made the call during the launch of national disability mainstreaming strategy and national coordination committee on disability issues.

The strategy was launched under the theme national disability mainstreaming strategy: a tool for building an inclusive Malawi.

Speaking during the launch Anyangwe said “the disability strategy will help to address challenges people with disability face and achieve the agenda 2030 of leaving no one behind.”

Anyangwe who represented all development partners at the event said because of the numerous challenges people with disability face there is need to formulate the disability trust fund.

In her remarks, Minister of Gender, children, disability and social welfare Dr Jean Kalirani said national development strategy emphasizes that people with disability should have equal access to basic needs.

“The strategy will help to remove barriers that hinder people with disabilities from accessing various services and facilities,” Dr Kalirani said

Speaking at the same event chairperson of federation of disability organizations in Malawi FEDOMA Nitta Hanjahanja appealed to government and civil society organizations to promote rights of people with disabilities.

Hanjahanja said “although Malawi launched many strategies people with disabilities are facing many challenges.”

She said FEDOMA will make sure that the strategy is implemented as soon as possible.

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