Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) CAN Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:23:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) 32 32 135483216 Access to Information for the Visually Impaired has been Made Possible Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:02:58 +0000 By Mr Twebaze the Registrar General, Uganda Registration Services Bureau.

Uganda Registration Services Bureau has been spearheading a process for Uganda to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. Uganda ratified the treaty on April 23, 2018 and it will enter into force, in Uganda, on July 23, 2018.

Our efforts to have the treaty ratified were informed by the fact that there are not enough reading materials accessible to blind and visually impaired persons in our communities, which adversely affects their quality of life. According to World Blind Union, ‘Over 90 per cent of all published materials cannot be read by blind or print-disabled people’.

That is why the member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), adopted the Marrakesh Treaty in order to address this problem, and end what is commonly referred to as the “global book famine”.

It is the first copyright treaty to include a clear human rights perspective and this demonstrates that copyright systems are an important part of the solution to the challenge of improving access to books and other printed works for persons with print disabilities.

The beneficiaries are persons affected by blindness or visual impairment that interferes with their ability to read printed material. The treaty covers literary and artistic works, in the form of text, notation and/or related illustrations, whether published or otherwise made publicly available in any media that the “beneficiary” would not be able to read or access, except in an accessible format. The accessible formats are used exclusively by beneficiary persons and must respect the integrity of the original works, taking into consideration the changes needed to make the works suitable to the needs of the beneficiaries.

The Marrakesh Treaty recognises that governmental and non-governmental organisations play an important role in providing persons with print disabilities with access to accessible format materials. For that reason, the Treaty allows government and private organisations to perform acts, otherwise prohibited under copyright law, in order to assist the “beneficiaries” as long as they observe some conditions regarding the use of the work.

Uganda will be required to fulfil two main obligations when implementing the Treaty at the national level. The first is to pass legal provisions that allow organisations to undertake any changes needed to make works in accessible formats for persons with print disabilities. The second is to allow the exchange across our borders of those accessible works. It is anticipated that the Treaty will have concrete positive effects in Uganda such as improving availability of accessible format educational materials so that persons with print disabilities can enjoy equal access to education. There is no doubt that education plays a crucial role in society and that it has an immeasurable impact on an individual’s life.

Having equal access to common sources of knowledge and information is crucial, not only for learning, but also for social inclusion and cultural participation.

Leisure materials such as books, newspapers and magazines have a clear entertainment and information function in society, as well as an important role in the expression and dissemination of local culture. By improving access to both educational and leisure materials, the Treaty will facilitate greater inclusion and participation by persons with print disabilities in the cultural and social lives of their communities.

Furthermore, by providing access to learning materials in accessible formats, the implementation of the Treaty will be a powerful tool for poverty alleviation, providing persons with print disabilities with new opportunities for professional growth. Implementation of the Treaty will also allow an increased focus on accessible format works by improving the certainty about the system for their production and distribution under national copyright laws, thus strengthening local publishing industries and increasing investment in copyright industries, which are key drivers for economic growth and development.

Finally, the Marrakesh Treaty is an instrument that fosters discussion and raises awareness about the need for policies that benefit persons with disabilities.

The implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty could trigger actions to implement additional provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, in favour of the wider community of persons with disabilities.

The 6th CBR Africa Conference, Lusaka, Zambia, 2018-Presentations Mon, 11 Jun 2018 06:20:57 +0000 The 6th CBR Africa Conference was one of the well attended conferences with over 500 delegates across African Continent and beyond. During the conference several interesting papers were presented forming part of a very informative dialogue on matters relating to CBR work in Africa and how the CBR work can effectively transform the lives of vulnerable communities  Here is the list of some the presentations.

Kazi Ni Kazi: Likoni Ministry Sat, 05 May 2018 11:20:23 +0000 This video provides an insight on work done by APDK our partner in Kenya.





CAN registers 67% growth in membership Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:46:22 +0000 CBR Africa Network (CAN) has registered a steady growth in her membership. According to the recent statistics, the number of new members joining the organisation has more than doubled from 600 members in 2017 to 1000 members in 2018, implying a 67% increment.

The percentage growth does not only mean that many implementers of CBR are increasingly gaining interest in the organisations work; it is an opportunity for influencing development processes in Africa to become more disability inclusive.

According to the CAN Executive Director, Dr. Abdul Busuulwa, the rise in membership means that implementers of CBR work, the academia, donor community and persons with disabilities are “increasingly seeing our relevancy in providing the platforms for information sharing and learning with regard to CBR work in Africa and beyond.”

The rise in membership comes at the backdrop of a membership drive launched early this year, which involves sending out mail correspondences targeting potential members, regular updates of CAN’s digital platforms (website, Twitter and Facebook pages), and increased networking in which membership recruitment is especially emphasised. It is hoped that with the 6th CBR Africa Conference upon us, and the 3rd CBR World Congress due in 2020 (and for the first time in Africa), the numbers are expected to shoot even to higher levels.

Networks present better options in CBR implementation Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:18:33 +0000 Did you ever bother to know how much networks can play in addressing community needs especially for persons with disabilities? Over time, practice has shown that when development partners join hands in putting together resources rather than duplicate interventions, there is usually a great impact created in the community. CAN is pleased to share with you some inspiring best practices from Zambia on how Networks promote CBR work. Click here to download the Newsletter for an interesting reading

Uganda’s compliance with international legal regimes is wanting, says study Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:27:51 +0000 The Government of Uganda still has a long way to go  in ensuring that her interventions towards inclusiveness meet both the national and international legal regimes, a study titled Disability Demands conducted by the Country’s National Umbrella Organization for Persons with Disabilities reveals.  According to the study, there are still  glaring gaps in the government’s compliance with the national and international legal regimes, infringement on the rights of persons with disabilities and hence the deep-rooted challenges faced by the persons with disabilities. Click here for details.

Ratify the Protocol on disability, African governments told Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:46:00 +0000 The Africa Disability Alliance calls on African Governments to ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa

The Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), wish to congratulate the African Union (AU) Assembly of African Union Heads of States and Governments held from 28-29 January 2018 for adopting of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Africa (herein referred to as the Africa Disability Protocol (ADP) or Protocol).

31 January 2018 will forever be engraved in the memory of the over 84 million African with disabilities, including older persons and their supporters.  The Assembly, during its 30th summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia took a historic decision that a direct positive impact on the lives of persons with disabilities giving effect to ADA’s vision of ‘An African continent where people with disabilities enjoy their human rights.’

ADA recognises the AU and its agencies as key partners in ensuring fulfilment of human rights for people with disabilities in Africa. ADA has been collaborating with AU Commission’s Department of Social Affairs (DSA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (where ADA has a regional office), African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in Banjul, the Gambia and the Pan African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, South Africa. 

ADA has Observer Status with the ACHPR (the ADA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Kudakwashe “AK’ Dube is an expert member of the Working Group for Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities) and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PAP which enabled the organisation to play a pivotal role in the development and drafting the Protocol.

ADA provided resources, expertise, capacity, research evidence, diplomacy and international influence that guided the development of the protocol. The organisations mobilised international, regional, nation civil society organisations (CSOs), Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs), development cooperation partners in advocacy and lobbying programmes that targeted the AU in its policy and legal reforms.

We would like to thank our partners the African Union Commission, the Regional Economic Communities, the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Pan African Parliament, and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights for their active participation and support over the years.

In a statement to mark the adoption of the Protocol, the CEO of ADA Mr K. Dube said: ‘This is a momentous occasion, a key milestone in a journey that started more than eight years ago. It is important to stress that the Protocol adds value to and is premised on the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’ 

He went on to say: ‘ADA acknowledges the key role played by the African Union Commission, ACHPR, PAP, partners such as the Swedish Development Agency (Sida), European Union, Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM), Open Society Institute of Southern Africa (OSISA), Finnish Foreign Ministry, GiZ, USAID and African governments who, since 2008 provided much needed support at the various stages of developing the Protocol.  We thank all organisations, academic institutions, DPOs, ADA Continental Member Organisations[1] and their leadership/management structures that provided invaluable inputs, proposals and launched various campaigns that resulted in the endorsement of the draft Protocol by the ACHPR, AU Special Technical Committees (STCs) and other stakeholders. We thank the media, ADA network of Journalists, and Network of Parliamentarians for the support and promotion of this Protocol and ADA’s work in general.’

Mr K. Dube urged all the fifty-five African countries to now ratify the Protocol in record time. He addition, he said:

‘Our message to current and future generations of children, youth, women, men with disabilities in their diversity is that let us appreciate the efforts, sacrifices and determination that went into the development and campaigns/programmes for the adoption of the Protocol. Use this instrument in the enforcement of your rights and ensure that all its articles are known and utilised by all persons with disabilities.’

The Africa Disability Alliance Participation in the Drafting of the Protocol

The adoption of the ADP is a product of advocacy efforts dating back to 2008. The initiative started with the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), former Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD), convening a roundtable in Cape Town in 2011, which resulted in a Communiqué raising issues of concern on the process undertaken by the African Union Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) through its Working Group of Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities in drafting an African Disability Protocol (ADP). This subsequently resulted in a successful advocacy strategy that lobbied the African Union (AU) to make the drafting process more inclusive and participatory.

Thus, ensuring that the African Commission in its process of developing the Protocol, ensured that the process was progressive, participatory and inclusive. The approach included the generation and utilization of knowledge on disability and human rights in Africa for the purposes of developing sector position papers and awareness-raising. Successful advocacy and lobbying work was undertaken through the years. Several roundtable consultation sessions were held with stakeholders, experts and disability human rights defenders across the African continent.

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights at its 45th session in 2009 put in place a process towards promoting the rights of persons with disabilities. They established a Working Group on Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities to develop the initial and preliminary draft of the Disability Protocol. However, this process was not consultative. Disability experts and ADA’s mobilised stakeholders and successfully appealed for the process to be opened for wide consultations and for the Working Group to be made inclusive of disability experts.  To inform the process, ADA produced a discussion report to guide the debate for and against the African Disability Protocol. It also argued why the provisions in an ADP must be consistent with the minimum standards set in the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities. In November 2011, an inclusive ACHPR Working Group started the process of drafting the ADP.

The African Disability Protocol (ADP) builds on the rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and UN charter. The protocol has an African relevance, thrust and the adoption of the ADP is a major success the Africa Disability Alliance and its partners in spearheading and driving the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa. The protocol reflects a legal instrument from an African perspective.

Article 1 of the Protocol states the purpose as ‘—to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human and people’s rights by all persons with disabilities, and to ensure respect for their inherent dignity’.

Article 2 covers General Principles; Article 3 General Obligations; Article 4 Non-discrimination; Article 5 Right to Equality; Article 6 Equal Recognition before the Law; Article 7 Rights to Life; Article 8 Right to Liberty and Security of Persons; Article 9 Harmful Practices ; Article 10 Situations of Risk ; Article 11 Right to Access Justice; Article 12 Right to Live in the Community; Article 13 Accessibility ; Article 14 Right to Education ; Article 15 Right to Health ; Article 16 Habilitation and Rehabilitation ; Article 17 Right to Work ; Article 18 Right to Adequate Standard of Living ; Article 19 Right to Participate in Political and Public Life; Article 20 Self-representation; Article 21 Right to Freedom of Expression and opinion ; Article 22 Access to Information Article 23 Right to Participate in Sports, Recreation and Culture; Article 24 Right to Family; Article 25 Women and Girls with Disabilities; Article 26 Children with Disabilities ; Article 27 Youth with Disabilities; Article 28 Older Persons with Disabilities; Article 29 Duties of Persons with Disabilities; Article 30. Statistics, Data and Other Surveys; Article 31 Cooperation. The Protocol has other articles that important in the value chain of ratification, compliance and implementation.

ADA encourages all African countries to ratify and deposit the Protocol to the AUC in line with Articles 35-36. Without 15 countries adopting the Protocol, this law will not come into effect.

The Africa Disability Alliance is a technical agency that promotes the rights of persons with disabilities play meaningful roles at as full members of an inclusive society and who have important contributions to make to their families, communities, countries and internationally. This includes the requirement that People with Disabilities, as individuals and through their organizations, play a meaningful role in the implementation, monitoring, oversight, evaluation and enforcement of policy/legal instruments, policies and programmes that directly affect their lives.

In order to achieve the objectives of the Protocol, we appeal to our governments, development (cooperation) partners, the private sectors and funding/technical partners to support the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA) and all stakeholders to ensure ratification, adoption and implementation of the Protocol.  Click here to download the protocol


“Disability and Inclusion in Africa: The Role of Assistive Technology” Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:25:12 +0000 Ensuring universal access to essential and affordable assistive technology will be crucial in the attainment of the development agenda for the  decades ahead, a report  by AfriNEAD, says. The further argues that overcoming impairments, eliminating barriers to enable persons with disabilities to actively participate and become productive members of society is one of the many issues government in Africa should be concerned if we are to realise SDGs. Click here  to read more

Global Health and Disability Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:56:56 +0000 An online course on Global health and disability is set to commence later this month.
Leaving no one behind: disability, health and well being in global development is a 3 week (maximum 4 hours per week) free online course from the International Centre for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Course. It  starts 26th February 2018. The course features key global leaders in disability and many testimonials and videos from people with disabilities from around the world. It argues strongly for the inclusion of people with disabilities in development. It is suited to anyone with an interest in health and disability, from low or high income settings, and should take up about 2-3 hours per week for 3 weeks.

Why join the course:

Around 15% of the world’s population, or 1 billion people, live with some form of disability, with numbers continuing to rise over the coming decades. People with disabilities are often overlooked in national and international development, and can face widespread barriers in accessing services, including health and rehabilitation services, even though simple initiatives are available to enable access. Our three week course aims to raise awareness about the importance of health and well-being of people with disabilities in the context of the global development agenda: Leaving no one behind.

What topics will you cover?

• The magnitude of disability and relevance of disability to the
global development agenda
• Defining disability and how it can be understood and measured
• The challenges to health and wellbeing amongst people with
disabilities and why people with disabilities might have poorer health
• Why people with disabilities may have difficulty in accessing health services
• Links among longer term health conditions and disability
• How to improve access to health care and rehabilitation for people
with disabilities
• Community based inclusive development for improving access to health
and rehabilitation for people with disabilities

For more details, to check out the trailer or to register your free
place on the course, click here

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