The African Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) has launched a report on disability intervention programmes in the country titled ‘Enabling the Disabled: A Mapping Report on Disability Interventions in Ghana’.
The report provides evidence-based understanding of the nature and scale of disability-related exclusion in the country, and what works to prevent exclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
It also offers recommendations on how to tackle future challenges with disability more appropriately, and is funded by the Ford Foundation.
The 40-page report maps out the various interventions and policies geared toward enhancing the condition of PWDs in the country. It likewise identifies essential actors addressing the issues of PWD exclusion.
Kodzo Yaotse, Policy Analyst-ACEP, speaking at the report’s launch in Accra noted that the interventions are categorised across the sectors of health, education, livelihood and employment, social inclusion, empowerment, advocacy and governance.
Mr. Yaotse said in the area of health, the study finds that there was no key intervention targetted at pregnant women with disabilities in terms of their access to maternal health care.
He said the most widespread intervention to prevent illness that caused disability is polio immunisation.
In the educational sector, he said, government is operating an inclusive education policy but implementation has not been as inclusive as would be desired – adding that children with intellectual disabilities and other developmental challenges still face barriers to accessing inclusive education.
Mr. Yaotse said there are a number of special educational institutions serving different kinds of disability dotted across the country.
“Social interventions programmes such as the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) Programme and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) are key interventions implemented by the state to eliminate poverty among PWDs, and provide affordable health care for PWDs respectively,” he said.
On effective implementation of political participation for PWDs, he said government’s framework and strategies on Disability Mainstreaming in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) was launched in 2018.
The framework mandates reserving a percentage of general assembly membership in these MMDAs for PWDs.
He said measures have been put in place by the Electoral Commission to ensure that PWDs fully take part in the electioneering process.
For his part, Mawutor Ablo, Director-Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, described the report as timely. He said the ministry is currently working on a review of the Act, and issues have been taken on board to pass it into Law.
The ministry, he added, is committed to partnering all stakeholders in addressing the issue of PWDs.