FEDOMA asks government sectors to mainstream disability issues

The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) has asked different sectors of government to mainstream disability issues and not take them as charitable issues.

The project coordinator for FEDOMA Cecilia Phiri said Tuesday that it was time disability issues were implemented in every sector of the government and other organizations to help better handling of some issues affecting people with disabilities.

She made the remarks during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting in Salima.

“We have some issues mainstreamed but they are not implemented, so what we wanted here was to orient DEC members to start mainstreaming disability issues from planning, implementation to monitoring and evaluation, so that we should not be having troubles in times of emergency,” said Phiri.

She added that there are a lot of projects and activities happening in different sectors of the government, but they do not include people with disabilities in planning in such that they fail to include their views.

“I can give a good example of the killing and abductions of albinos; it was a great challenge for the government because they did not have data of people with disabilities and they failed to plan, rather people pointed fingers at police that they failed to help,” she said.

Commenting on the issue, Salima District Education Manager, Christopher Kumikundi said the orientation was a timely reminder on mainstreaming disability issues.

“Although we have already started mainstreaming other issues in various schools, we will make sure that issues of disabilities should be taken seriously as disabled people are found everywhere.

“Disabled students are allowed to be enrolled in our schools and we are trying our level best to make sure that we create a better learning environment for these people,” Kumikundi said.

The disability mainstreaming project is being implemented in five districts in the country and it is receiving funding from European Union.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA.