Association for the Physically Disabled people in Malawi (APDM) Monday launched a one-year access to water, sanitation and hygiene (Wash) project in salima aimed at ensuring disabled people are able to utilize the facilities.
APDM Chairperson Charles Khaula said there was need to shorten distances between water and also constructing disability friendly water and sanitation point sources saying these are some of the major problems physically disabled people face.
“People with disabilities especially those with physical disabilities are facing numerous problems in terms of access to safe water, most of our facilities be it in public places, homes and even at church are not user friendly to the disabled in such that they are not constructed in favor of the disabled,” he said.
Chairperson for Salima District Disability Forum, Alexander Saidi commended disability rights fund through APDM for the support saying this will help in easing some of the challenges Salima based disabled people were facing.
He asked other stakeholders to emulate the example set by APDM in complementing government’s effort towards achieving one of the sustainable development goals which is access to safe water and sanitation.
“This is a welcome development here in Salima, we are indeed facing challenges in terms of disability friendly structures especially toilets in various schools, we are hopeful that, the coming in of this project will help in easing some of the problems we usually face,” Saidi said.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.