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Local development plans omit needs of PWDs - Report

Accra , March 05, GNA - Pressing needs of persons with disability are largely excluded from the medium term development plans of metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs), Voice Ghana, a local non-governmental organsiation, has said in a report.

The report also damns the government for failing to meet key Article 28 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) ratified by parliament in March 2012.

The UN convention seeks to recognize the right of PWDs to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of their living conditions.
 
The Article further stipulates that states parties should take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of this right without discrimination on the basis of disability.
But the research conducted in 50 MMDAs across the country from May to August 2014 indict the assemblies for not involving the PWDs in planning and budgeting process, thereby putting up public facilities like toilets, hospitals, schools and offices that inaccessible by the disabled persons. – Continue reading from http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/local-development-plans-omit-needs-of-pwds-report--86554#.VPhc7yy0KHE.gmail 

 


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