KABUL (Pajhwok): The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has appealed everyone to continue increasing their attention to the rights of people with disabilities as per the convention on rights of persons with disabilities ( CRPD), according to a statement on Thursday.
The appeal comes as the SCA joined the celebration of the International day of persons with disabilities.
As this year the theme is focuses on “disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”, SCA would encourage everyone about importance of creating an inclusive society where everyone including people with disabilities enjoy full participation in all aspects of their life.
SCA is committed to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Afghanistan, including girls, boys, men, and women through providing equal opportunities, improving their skills and knowledge, and their physical wellbeing of persons with disabilities – said Daniel Madhani, SCA’s Country Director.
Swedish Committee for Afghanistan implements program for people with disabilities in 14 provinces of Afghanistan in accordance with CRPDS and the World Health Organization guidelines which emphasizes on providing rehabilitation, equalization of opportunities, poverty reduction and promoting inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
“SCA is one of the of few non-governmental organizations that provides the most services in terms of physiotherapy, orthopedics and provision of mobility and assistive devices for people with disabilities in Afghanistan. For example, last year more than 21,000 people with disabilities and non-disabled people benefited from physiotherapy services of SCA and more than 15,000 people received mobility and assistive devices.” SCA’s Country Director added.
Since 2007, SCA is contributing towards filling the gaps in availability of rehabilitation services. To meet the demand, SCA has established 26 physiotherapy clinics in Afghanistan and handed them over to the Ministry of Public Health so far. To fill the gaps in technical expertise, 98 physiotherapists, 53 of whom were women, graduated from a three-year training physiotherapy courses in Afghanistan last year.
Ahmad Khalid Fahim, Program Director of SCA also joins the celebration and convey message that , “Although SCA provides services to more than 50,000 persons with disabilities and more than 32,000 persons with disabilities and other vulnerable people are sensitized on rights of people with people with disabilities through SCA’s awareness-raising, but it is not enough for all people with disabilities in Afghanistan.
More attention should be paid to this deprived segment of society by both governmental and non-governmental organizations.”. Attention should not be given only to those people living in cities, but also to those people living in the most remote parts of Afghanistan- he added.
Swedish Committee for Afghanistan is one of the non-governmental organizations that has been providing a wide range of services to rural communities, women, girls and boys, persons with disabilities and internally displaced people for more than 30 years with vision of an Afghanistan free of poverty, violence, and discrimination.