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Articles from the Sierra Leone Writers’ Workshop

ADDRESSING THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF DISABILITY IN SIERRA LEONE
By Maada J.  FuadPWDs encounter a lot of consequences, such as discrimination and abandonment,   labelling them by their disabilities like cripple, one-legged man, one-eyed woman and so on…………… Click Here to download
CHALLENGES VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN GO THROUGH WHEN THEY LACK SOCIAL SUPPORT
By Alex N’gbanthan SesayVisual impairment is prevalent among children in northern Sierra Leone especially in river communities where the vector of river blindness (black fly) breeds…………… Click Here to download
COMBATING CATARACT BLINDNESS IN WOMEN IN SIERRA LEONE
By Ernest ChalleyAccording to the 2011 rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB) survey, cataract is the major cause of blindness in Sierra Leone after Onchocerciasis (river blindness)…………….. Click Here to download
LIVING WITH BLINDNESS: A NEW LIFE EXPERIENCE OF ABIBI ABIOSEH LAHAI
By Habibi Abioseh LahaiI am an organiser of sports for schools and colleges in the Ministry of Education at the Inspectorate office, Kenema, Eastern Sierra Leone. In 2008, I was involved in an accident where I sustained injuries on my right eye that eventually affected my left eye……………..Click Here to download
NEGATIVE IMPACT OF BLINDNESS IN CHILDREN IN RURAL COMMUNITY SETTING
By Lansana SheriffThough the government of Sierra Leone has passed a policy on the access of free health care including eye health for all children under five years , some barriers still exist which hinder children in the remote communities from accessing appropriate eye care services…………….Click Here to download
PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY PERSONS WITH DISABILITY IN KENEMA CITY – EASTERN SIERRA LEONE
By Richard M SawiBefore the devolution of some functions of the central government to local councils, support for persons with disabilities (PWDs) was low and centralised in the capital city of Freetown…………….Click Here to download
CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTING  A COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION (CBR) PROGRAMME
By Salami GbassaThe concept of community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is relatively new in Sierra Leone. The idea was initially introduced through the collaborative effort of Sight Savers and the Sierra Leone Association of the Blind (SLAB) in 2005…………….Click Here to download
CHANGING THE NEGATIVE CULTURALPERCEPTIONS TOWARDS PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
By Umar BahIn Sierra Leone, the Disability Act has been passed in Parliament and therefore needs to be implemented for a better change.  I believe that this document will address issues like discrimination in employment, ownership of family properties and government rendered services…………...Click Here to download

BUILDING CONSENSUS BETWEEN ORGANISATIONS  OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE DISABILITY SECTOR
By Mohamed F.J LuseniIn Sierra Leone, the Disability Act has been passed in Parliament and therefore needs to be implemented for a better change.  I believe that this document will address issues like discrimination in employment, ownership of family properties and government rendered services…………...Click Here to download

DEVELOPING A DISABILITY FRIENDLY CURRICULUM IN TEACHER TRAINING COLLEGES
By Emma Remilkun ParkerDisability is an unwelcome guest, who knocks at the doors of individuals of all ages. It is a nuisance which prevents or limits one’s capabilities to live normal lives. It creates barriers to quality education, employment, health and social life…………… Click Here to download
IMPLEMENTING A SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION PROGRAMME
By Paul MosesThis piece of writing intends to encourage persons working with the CBR programme that they can implement a sustainable programme and in the process empower persons with disabilities……………. Click Here to download
THE IMPACT OF THE POLIFERATION OF PWDs ON THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT IN SIERRA LEONE
By Momo and MansaraySierra Leone is made up of 14 districts and 4 cities with the population of about six million people.  15% of this population are PWDS with various types of disabilities such as, amputees, the polio victims, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired and Epilepsy…………….. Click Here to download
ACCESSING INTERIM CARE SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IN BO CITY
By Henry B. MillerInterim care services are alternative care systems for children in Sierra Leone. A lot of vulnerable and excluded children are found in communities, some have lost their biological parents whilst some are not taking of properly……………. Click Here to download
CBR INTERVENTION IN THE WESTERN AREA – CASE STUDY OF THE BLIND AND LOW VISION PERSONS IN THE WESTERN AREA IN SIERRA LEONE
By Christian SmithThe Western Area in Sierra Leone is a densely populated area with over one million inhabitants and its is where the Capital City Freetown is located, The increase  in the population in the Area was as a result of the ten years old rebel war……………. Click Here to download
NEGATIVE COMMUNITY PERCEPTIONS ABOUT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN TAMBAKA CHIEFDOM, BOMBALI DISTRICT
By Simeon B. MenjorIn Tambaka the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) are not recognized. In this community the perceptions towards PWDs is negative in fact stigmatization and discrimination of PWDs remain strong, including within the family, and perception of disability by communities……………..Click Here to download
PARTICIPATORY ACTION ON SOLVING PROBLEMS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY
By Foray  S. AlphaCommunity Based Rehabilitation (CBR) and Empowerment Project started in Sierra Leone in 2004. It is the collaborative efforts of the Sierra Leone Association of the Blind (SLAB) with Sight savers International and Comic Relief UK as sponsors…………….. Click Here to download
EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH DISABLED CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW
By Sheak Gibril SawanehThe Sierra Leone government is signatory to the rights of children with disabilities in the country, however, children with disabilities are still subjected to discrimination and abuse……………… Click Here to download

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