President Museveni has called for global action in ensuring improved well-being for persons with disabilities.
In a speech delivered by Gen Elly Tumwine on November 11, Museveni said PWDs experience attitudinal, institutional and environmental barriers, which limit their participation in all socio-economic and political spheres.
“We are all aware that poverty and disability are closely interlinked. Disability exposes a person to limited livelihood opportunities which consequently leads them into vulnerability,” Museveni said at the first-ever inclusive microfinance conference in Kampala.
Thorbjorn Gaudstadsaether, the Norwegian ambassador to Uganda, said PWDs were largely not considered an asset, which proved the need to facilitate their contribution in communities through inclusion in the formal economy.
The executive director, National Union of Persons with Disabilities in Uganda (Nudipu), Edson Ngirabakunzi, said inclusive microfinance is critical to development among PWDs. By September this year, 780 PWD savings groups of 10-15 members, monitored and trained by Nudipu, had been formed, with a cumulative saving of Shs 6 billion.
Source : The Observer