New Report on Disabled People in Zimbabwe

Posted on 15 September 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Cross-Disability, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A newly released report entitled “The forgotten tribe: People with disabilities in Zimbabwe” shares the experiences of disabled people, the discrimination they face in Zimbabwe society, and their exclusion from the usual government and civil society sources of aid.

Written by Tsitsi Chorumi and published by the organization Progressio, the report presents the results of a survey of disabled people in Zimbabwe soliciting their opinions on how their needs could be better met. The survey includes a focus on policy and legislative needs; poverty; gender; health; HIV and AIDS; education; employment; and sports and recreation. “The forgotten tribe” also summarizes some of the work Progressio has conducted in Zimbabwe.

Respondents in the survey include: people with polio; amputees; people with club feet; congenital deformity; paraplegia; speech impairments; hearing impairments; visually impaired; physically impaired; hemiparesis; mentally challenged; and albinos. (Disclaimer alert: Please note that I have presented all these terms exactly as used in the survey itself on page 10 though some of these terms differ from terminology that I would ordinarily use myself.)

A print copy of the report can be purchased for 5 British pounds, or it can be downloaded for free in PDF format (283 kilobytes). It is available only in English, though the Progressio website itself is available either in English or in Spanish. Progressio is an international development charity working for justice and the eradication of poverty.

I learned about this resource through a regular electronic email newsletter run by Disabled People International (DPI). However, neither DPI nor I are involved with this report. To learn more about “The forgotten tribe,” or to download the report itself, please follow the link to

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Read the newsletter! It is an eye opener because there is a “Disabled Persons Act” even in the Third World country of Zimbabwe. How many countries in the world have this law??

Also an eye opener because it discusses AIDS and its impact on disabled people, and programs to offer protection, employment, education and training in general. Good read! The continent of Africa has unique problems and unique intelligence in handling it.

Thank you, Dianrez.

Many countries, even among developing countries, have varying laws meant to protect the rights of people with disabilities. (Sorry, I don’t know the numbers off hand, or the details of what rights tend to be protected. I don’t know if it’s necessarily a majority of countries or just a high number of them. There are many things I’m still learning in this field, and that’s one of them.) The trouble is, many of them are very poorly implemented if at all. Often the people who are supposed to be responsible for implementing them don’t even know the law exists. And disabled people often don’t know either so they’re not in a position to push for its implementation.

If you’re interested in learning more about AIDS and its impact on disabled people, then I would particularly point you to this resource:

HIV/AIDS and Disability Global Survey

This survey covers a wide range of disability groups in all regions of the world, including Africa.

people with chronic muscular condition & find it difficult to climb up the stairs can they be regarded as disabled people?

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