The Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID) in collaboration with the Ghana Blind Union (GBU) has launched a project dubbed Anti-Stigma and Discrimination against Blind (ASDAB) in the region with a project budget of Gh 198, 555.
Speaking at the launch in Tamale, the Executive Director of CALID Mohammed Awal Sumani Bapio said the aim of the project is to provide access to basic and equitable healthcare to 550 visually and partially impaired people in the region.
He said the project is focused on three thematic areas in the region and is expected to last for a period of 12 months, with funding from the Ghana Somubi Dwumadie.
The areas include Tamale Metropolitan, Sagnarigu and Savulugu Districts. The Executive Director said this at the launch in Tamale on Thursday, 30 July, 2021.
Mohammed Awal Sumani Bapio outlined some of the activities to be carried out to include community forums, radio and television discussions, among others.
This he said is to sensitize the public on how to relate with people living with these impairment and to help reduce discrimination and it’s related issues.
The president of the GBU Mohammed Billa called on government to implement the inclusive education policy to accommodate people living with visual impairment.
He mentioned unemployment, access to education and healthcare among others as some of the challenges facing the union.
He expressed enthusiasm that with the launch of this project, these challenges will be addressed.
The Grand Adviser of Ghana Somubi Dwumadie, Lawrence Akubori said Ghana Somubi Dwumadie is a four-year disability inclusion programme in Ghana, which focuses on mental health and is funded with UK aid from the UK government.
He said the aim is to promote stronger policies and systems that respect the rights of people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities.
He also said it aims at scaling up high quality and accessible mental health services, reduce stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities, including mental health disabilities among others.
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