Sightsavers Fight for the Disabled

Sightsavers was established by John Wilson in 1950 with its headquarters at Melksham, United States. It is a non-governmental organization that works with developing countries with the aim of protecting sight and fighting for disability rights of people with impairments and other disabilities. Currently, Sightsavers holds more than 33 branches globally more so in the worlds poorest countries. Sightsavers was recently involved in a panel discussion on National Disability Dialogue for the Ugandan government. This forum was to ensure that disability was inclusive of the forthcoming Global Disability Summit to be held in London whose aim is to ensure that the disabled people gain long-lasting changes in their lives and celebrating their rights and achievements.

 

Among other agencies Ugandan Sightsavers office was actively involved in this summit which was spearheaded by Ugandan minister of Gender, Labour, and Social Development Hon Janat Mukwaya.emphasis was on how the more than one billion disabled people will be part and parcel of the sustainable development goals and hence global development. The Sightsavers’ director in Uganda Dr. Johnson Ngorok gave an oversight that the disabled will be involved in policy making as a result of this forum ahead of the Global Disability Summit. Additionally, he passed his gratitude to the Ugandan government for their assurance in support for the disabled in economic empowerment, exploiting technology and innovation, education inclusion and handling discrimination and stigma.

Sightsavers documentary about disability outlines how disabled people, especially in Bangladesh live and the solid commitments put in place to fight for their rights. The phrases that state disability is not inability come out clearly through the views of some of the disabled in Bangladesh. For instance, the advocate for Visually Impaired in Bangdalesh Supreme court, Md. Mosherraf Hossain Majumder outlined that disabled people in the country faced different problems with him being among them having lost his sight at the age of four years. He added that impairment or other disabilities are not a problem in human life as they could contribute to the society as any other person could do it at all the special needs are provided and thus calls for everyone to do all it takes on people with disabilities. He is a professional lawyer having completed LLB and LLM in Law.

 

Sightsavers was established in Bangladesh in 1973 to provide support and ensure that the disabled are self-dependent. Rifat Shahpar Khan, Sightsavers country officer speaking said that they aimed to ensure the disabled enjoy their rights and equal participation thus ensuring a Barrier Free Inclusive Society. They have offered a program for the visually impaired students and with disabilities alongside restoring eye sight through cataract surgery of more than 1.5 million people.

 

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