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The Network of Journalists for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (PROMOAFRICA) has agreed in principle to partner with Dominica’s Foundation in its maiden Persons with disabilities charity project in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The collaboration between PROMOAFRICA and Dominica’s Foundation is in concert with an advocacy drive to campaign and seek implementation of the Africa Union Protocol on persons with disabilities’ universal declaration of human rights that recognizes, protects and promotes the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa.
In a joint communique signed between Mrs. Mariam Nyarkoah Amponsah, the Executive Secretary of PROMOAFRICA and the Cheif Executive officer of Dominica Foundations based in Kumasi, Dominica Nana Esi Amankonah, they agreed on a partnership to work in accordance with the framework on the Africa Union protocol on Disability at the grassroots level to promote education, health, employment and other rights among persons with disabilities in the region.
The disability population in Ghana is estimated at 10% of the total population, which equates approximately 2.7 million.
speaking at the event, Mariam Nyarkoah Amponsah, mentioned among others that, PWDs in Ghana and across Africa face many forms of exclusion in the society.
She said despite various government policies of inclusive education, many children with disabilities are still excluded from forms of education. The healthcare system does not cater for the specific needs of PWDs and mental healthcare is hardly available.
She said, Persons with disabilities are the worst hit in situations of disaster that require urgent humanitarian intervention. Moreover, persons with disabilities in Ghana and all over Africa are often regarded as unproductive and incapable of contributing in a positive way to society, but rather seen as constituting an economic burden on the family and the society at large, which leaves them in a vicious cycle of poverty.
In developing countries there are rarely strong disability movements actively working to improve the living conditions of persons with disabilities, as PROMOAFRICA, hence the need to partner with local NGOs working with PWDs as the Dominica’s Foundation in Kumasi.