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04.12.2017 08:00 Category: MINALOC News

REFORMS IMPROVED LIVES OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN RWANDA


Persons with disabilities exhibiting their products

On Sunday the 3rd December 2017 the Rwandans in every district joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Day of Persons with disabilities; while celebration at national level took place at Gahini in Kayonza District.

The celebration was marked by official inauguration of Gahini Referral Rehabilitation Center of Excellence for Persons with Disabilities which was constructed under the partnership of the Government of Rwanda, Gahini Diocese of Anglican Church, Christian Blind Mission and Ottoback.

Addressing the 25th anniversary participants, the Minister of State for Social Affairs and Protection, Dr Mukabaramba Alvera expressed gratitude to the activists and supporters of people with disabilities for their contribution in improving the welfare of people with disabilities in Rwanda.

Dr Mukabaramba highlighted some of the reforms that the Government of Rwanda put in place and supervised in order to respect the persons with disabilities and improve their social lives in Rwandan society.

She said: “Since we put in place NCPD, some policies were initiated in terms of employment, education, health, transport and habitat among others. According to EDPRS II targets, public and private buildings were constructed with facilities for disabled people, media currently operate without stigmatisation, laws were amended to exclude stigmatization for people with disabilities, increasing the number of teachers in schools to facilitate inclusive and special education, increasing the prosthesis, increasing school equipment among others.”

She added that the government is still working with partners on the remaining challenged especially to assess how the prosthesis may be included among the medical services covered by medical insurance (Mutuelle de santé).

The parent were reminded and requested to make regular medical checkup for their children so as to curb any disability at the earlier age in case it is diagnosed, as well as to understand that children with disabilities need special attention and deserve the same rights as their brothers and sisters.