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Source: U.S. Embassy in Namibia |

Kutwano giving hope to the people with disabilities through sports

The American Ambassador to Namibia, Thomas. F. Daughton, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), handed over sports equipment valued at an estimated N$250 000

Neatly tucked away in Kamunu village, in the Zambezi region is the Kutwano Organization of Sports for People with Disabilities (PWD). Kutwano, which means ‘working together’ in Silozi has an estimated number of 128 active members, who they train and mentor in different sports disciplines. The American Ambassador to Namibia,…

Media Revolution
Source: Media Revolution |

1000 disabled Africans to receive free treatment in India through the #OperationRehab initiative

According to a Statistics South Africa report based on the last census, over 2.8 million people suffer from some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled

Over 2.8 million (http://APO.af/gqdOpi) people suffer from some form of disability in South Africa alone and around 600,000 are listed as severely disabled, according to a report based on the last census The first beneficiary of #OperationRehab has returned to South Africa with a new prosthetic leg #OperationRehab aims to…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

A world-class wheelchair basketball coach to train the team of South Sudan

In South Sudan the ICRC supports three physical rehabilitation centers that provide mobility devices and therapy

At the invitation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Jess Markt, a wheelchair basketball coach for people with disabilities is coming from the United States, and will arrive in Juba on January 10, 2017 to coach players, train coaches, classifiers and referees from Juba and Yirol.  …

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

USAID Support to ISTEP Program Gets People with Disabilities into the Workplace

The Inclusive Training and Employment Program for and by persons with disabilities, also known as ISTEP, was designed to bolster Ethiopia’s efforts to support disability inclusive development

Over the past three years, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) Association to help hundreds of people with disabilities to prepare for and enter the workforce. The Inclusive Training and Employment Program for and by persons with disabilities, also…

Source: British High Commission Freetown |

British physiotherapist providing care in Sierra Leone honoured by UK PM: Anna Vines receives 'Point of Light' Award

A British physiotherapist supporting the development of physiotherapy in Sierra Leone has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister Theresa May. Anna Vines first came to the country, which has been deeply affected by Civil War, disease and malnutrition, in 2011. As a volunteer with Mercy Ships, she…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

Minister Lindiwe Zulu to launch Funding Scheme for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

The scheme is only applicable to entrepreneurs with physical disabilities, companies and co-operatives with at least 26% ownership by people with disabilities and those that demonstrate operational and management involvement in the business

The Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, will on Friday, 9 December in Welkom, Free State, launch a funding scheme that is aimed at supporting entrepreneurs with disabilities. The Amavulandlela Fund, which is managed by the department’s agency, Small Enterprise Funding Agency (SEFA), seeks to empower people with…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Transcript and Audio Links of December 1 Press Briefing, Violence against Persons with Disabilities in Africa

Transcript and Audio Links of December 1 Press Briefing, Violence against Persons with Disabilities in Africa:  Media Briefing with Judith Heumann, US Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, and Vicky Alice Ntetema, a 2016 recipient of the International Women of Courage Award Via Teleconference Washington D.C. & Dar es Salaam,…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

Women and Girls with Disabilities need Empowerment, not Pity, UN experts tell States

States too often fail to uphold their obligations with regard to women and girls with disabilities, treating them or allowing them to be treated as helpless objects of pity, subjected to hostility and exclusion, instead of empowering them to enjoy their fundamental human rights and freedoms, the Committee on the…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

UN Disability Rights Committee to review Uruguay, Ethiopia, Bolivia, United Arab Emirates, Guatemala, Colombia, Italy

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meeting in Geneva from 15 August to 2 September to review the following countries: Uruguay (15-16 Aug); Ethiopia (16-17 Aug); Bolivia (17-18 Aug); United Arab Emirates (18-19 Aug); Guatemala (22-23 Aug); Colombia (23-24 Aug); Italy (24-25 Aug)

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is meeting in Geneva from 15 August to 2 September to review the following countries: Uruguay (15-16 Aug); Ethiopia (16-17 Aug); Bolivia (17-18 Aug); United Arab Emirates (18-19 Aug); Guatemala (22-23 Aug); Colombia (23-24 Aug); Italy (24-25 Aug). The above…

Source: UNICEF Uganda |

Government and partners to deliberate on inclusive education to promote learning for children with disabilities

Government and partners to deliberate on inclusive education to promote learning for children with disabilities  WHAT:         The Ministry of Education, Science, technology and Sports, the Uganda Society for Disabled (USDC), UNICEF and other key stakeholders have organized a high level consensus building workshop on inclusive education. The stakeholders’ meeting aims…