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Zimbabweans Urged to Respect Disabled People's Rights

  • Tatenda Gumbo

People living with disabilities in Zimbabwe say the government must take measures to ensure their the respect of their social, economic and health rights, as like in many other countries, they are failing to cope under the current conditions.

A recent survey by the ministry of health, the national survey on disability and health, found that one in 13 Zimbabweans have some form of disability. The survey, aimed at producing evidence to guide national policies, strategies and action plans, also showed that 39% fail to proceed past grade 7, and only 18% reach form 4.

VOA reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke to Masimba Kuchera, director of the Center for Disability and Development on the challenges faced by people with disabilities.

Kuchera said Zimbabwe has failed to adequately protect the rights of people living with disabilities and ensure their social welfare.