No help for disabled persons because of fuel crisis

The fuel crisis in Malawi is getting worse by each passing day with the latest development that Malawi Against Physical Disabilities (MAP) suspending its outreach programmes until further notice.

MAP has announced that it will no longer be able to go to rural areas to visit disabled people and assess them to determine the right kind of support or device they would need because it is failing to get fuel.

Joy Radiohas been broadcasting the notice on its air waves for the past two days saying it has suspended its outreach programmes because of lack of fuel.

MAP suspends its outreach programme to persons with dissabilities

An officer at MAP who did not want to be identified said the fuel crisis has affected their operations so much that disabled people are now victims because they cannot access MAP’s services.

“We have no choice but to stop visiting them for a while up to March with the hope that by that time, fuel scarcity will have normalized,” the officer said.

Malawi has been experiencing fuel problems since President Bingu wa Mutharika took over in his second term of office in 2009.

The country has about 500 000 persons with disabilities.

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