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.

 

Penelope Kokkinides is The Beacon of Hope for Puerto Rico’s Healthcare Crisis

Ms. Penelope Kokkinides is the Chief Administrative Officer for InnovaCare. Her recent endeavors and contribution in the United States healthcare system has brought her success into the limelight. With more than 20 years experience in the healthcare field, Ms. Kokkinides boasts a wide range of skills in developing and optimizing diverse healthcare provisions. She is a leading expert in various government run healthcare programs, including Medicaid and Medicare. Before joining the health sector, she studied for her bachelors in biological sciences and classical language at the University of Bingham. She also did her Masters in social work and public health at the University of New York.

 

Ms. Kokkinides was among eight women recently invited to the White House for a panel of Women in Healthcare. Here, she met with President Trump and also the CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Among the things they discussed included the general federal healthcare legislation and issues affecting Puerto Rico’s healthcare sector under her leadership. InnovaCare is major provider for healthcare, services, and payer. The organization serves around 467, 000 members. Apart from the plans and services InnovaCare offers within the United States, the organizations has the largest healthcare system in Puerto Rico.

 

A major challenge that InnovaCare has been facing in Puerto Rico pertained to the reduction of federal funding allocated to the Medicare Advantage program in the Island. Unlike in the States, it is estimated that the government has been reducing the program’s funding in Puerto Rico by around $1 billion annually.

 

Ms. Penelope Kokkinides reiterated to President Trump that it is important to increase the funding for Medicare Advantage in Puerto Rico. She also stressed on the importance of remaining up to date on industry development in order to provide true quality healthcare.

 

True to her words, Ms. Kokkinides leads by example at InnovaCare. For example, she spends several hours every day reading resources, books, publications and articles to keep herself updated on the healthcare industry developments. The healthcare provider also pays close attention to any developments or revolutions in the sector.

 

One of InnovaCare’s primary practices is working with networks that advance the boundaries of medical study. Ms. Kokkinides informed President Trump that decreased funding for the Medicare Advantage program in Puerto Rico would force many people to relocate to the States for affordable care. The population would overburden the healthcare system in the States by three to four times.

 

The results of the meeting were apparent in that President Trump proposed some provisions which would address the problems in Puerto Rico’s healthcare system.