Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, Monday launched the 2014 Disability Directory in Lilongwe replacing the previous one which was last updated in 2005.
The directory which has been developed by the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, and the Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation provides a list of organizations that are involved in provision of care and support to persons with disabilities.
Kaliati said her ministry decided to update the 2005 directory to include new stakeholders as it believes that it will provide an increased access to services amongst people with disabilities and also ensuring that service delivery and networking among disability service organizations in the country are well coordinated.
“Disability is crosscutting in nature hence it has many players in this field, there are different stakeholders who intervene to ensure relevant equalization of the opportunities for persons with disabilities.
“It is these stakeholders that this Disability Directory is trying to provide a good link to make implementation of the policy on equal opportunities for persons with disabilities easy,” said Kaliati.
She called on all stakeholders to use the directory which will be made available to all districts throughout the country.
According to the Minister, disability issues are being mainstreamed in the public sector to ensure inclusiveness of persons with disabilities at all levels.
During the function, the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) offered to reproduce copies of the directory and distribute it through its libraries across the country to ensure that many people are able to access it.
The Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi through its Tingathe programme initiated the process of updating the directory with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).