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Editorial

Editorial

People and children with disabilities face many hardships, not all of them as a result of their disability. Social ostracization as a result of stigmatization is one of them. They are excluded from social, economic and political decision-making. Focusing attention on the life chances of persons with disabilities translating the notion of inclusive development into ground reality is a dire …

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2.2m Children to be Administered Anti-Polio Drops

2.2m Children to be Administered Anti-Polio Drops

KARACHI - The anti-polio drive began Monday with an aim to vaccinate around 2.2 million children. Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad inaugurated the drive. He said for better and sustainable results of anti-polio campaigns, female workers from local communities have been hired to ensure vaccination of every child. He was talking to media after inauguration of three days anti-polio drive at …

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Policies for Disabled: Rhetoric & Reality

Policies for Disabled: Rhetoric & Reality

As according to international organizations, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) constitute about ten to fifteen percent of world’s population and by implication Pakistan’s also, it is relevant to see where we stand in terms of policy formulation and its implementation for PWDs. Because proper implementation of right policies provides the ladder for the society’s progress. so far, PWDs in Pakistan have had 1981 …

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PWDs in Pakistan

PWDs in Pakistan

In the absence of an updated census, the state of Pakistan is currently completely unaware of the number of persons with disabilities (PWDs) within its jurisdiction, let alone the difficulties they face on a daily basis owing to the lack of a proper framework for the protection and promotion of their rights. While there are scattered pieces of legislation aspiring …

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Kids Suffering Rare Disorder, Crave Cure

Kids Suffering Rare Disorder, Crave Cure

Srinagar—While the children suffering from a rare disorder are craving proper medical care due to lack of funds, National Health Mission (NHM) is returning an unspent amount of Rs 1.62 crore to the Indian government. A scheme- Rashtriya Bal Swashtya Karyakaram (RBSK)-meant for the children suffering from rare diseases has failed to take off in Kashmir, thus making the patients …

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Non-Teaching Duties

Non-Teaching Duties

Sir: Teachers in Pakistan perform multiple duties apart from teaching. There are two types of non-teaching duties: government imposed, and arbitrary. The first includes polio drives, examination-related, elections, census, relief activities in disasters, inspections of schools with executives etc. The second comprises side business ventures, teachers’ unions, administrative duties assigned by heads, and embarking on preaching trips. This absenteeism exercises …

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Ten Bollywood Films Dealing with Disability

Ten Bollywood Films Dealing with Disability

Vicky Kaushal (right) in a still from ‘Zubaan’ ‘Zubaan’ is about a stuttering ambitious small-towner out to prove his worth in the big bad world. Some other films dealing with disability New Delhi: Last week’s release Zubaan tries to belie the perception that Indian films are not particularly sensitive when it comes to portrayal of differently abled people. The film features newcomer Vicky Kaushal as …

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When Being a Woman Affects Your Access to Healthcare

When Being a Woman Affects Your Access to Healthcare

On International Women's Day I want to highlight the plight of many women worldwide living with a neglected tropical disease. Many females living India and Bangladesh go undiagnosed when it comes to diseases such as leprosy because their gender means they are discriminated against, both in and out of the healthcare system. In countries where women are often seen as …

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This Girl with Intellectual Disabilities Made India Super Proud at the Special Olympics

This Girl with Intellectual Disabilities Made India Super Proud at the Special Olympics

Sreelatha (second from left) along with her LA contingent posing with RDT Program Director, Moncho Ferrer When 15-year-old Yelikeri Sreelatha began her journey, many people considered her to be an insignificant child with special needs. Hailing from Kannepalli, a small village in the Kalyandurg Mandal of Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh, Sreelatha is the elder of the two children in the family. Her …

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Innovative Solutions for Disabled to be Showcased at Techshare India, 2016

Innovative Solutions for Disabled to be Showcased at Techshare India, 2016

‘Techshare India aims to bring together the government, corporates, educators, NGOs and the disabled people so as to understand the needs and provide information on available solutions that can include people with disabilities to participate independently in all walks of life,’ the statement added. Taking forward its mission to create an inclusive society that does not discriminate against persons with disabilities (PWDs), …

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Google.org Awards 3 Indian Disability Nonprofits with Rs 54M Grant to Pursue 3D Printing & Scanning Tech etc

Google.org Awards 3 Indian Disability Nonprofits with Rs 54M Grant to Pursue 3D Printing & Scanning Tech etc

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has provided Rs 54 million (US $800,000) worth of grant funding to three Indian non-profit organizations for disabled people: The Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, the Leprosy Mission Trust India, and the Public Health Foundation India. The first two organizations will use their grant money to develop 3D printing and scanning technology. The announcement was …

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Brandman’s Programs for Accessible Education Gain International Reputation

Brandman’s Programs for Accessible Education Gain International Reputation

Dr. Loren O’Connor presents an award while at the First World Disability and Rehabilitation Conference in Sri Lanka. Looking on are Isanka Gamage (director of TIIKM Conferences, at far right) and Oshadee Withanawasam (chairman and CEO of TIIKM Conferences). Dr. Loren O’Connor, assistant vice chancellor for the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services, and Alex Price, disabilities services coordinator for …

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Stop Antibiotic Resistance Now

Stop Antibiotic Resistance Now

A return to the dark, pre-antibiotic era of public health is looming. Here’s how to fight back Aggressive superbugs that have the power to kill are a reality. Inappropriate use of antibiotics has led to the evolution of illness-causing microbes, resulting in nearly 700,000 people dying each year from conditions that were once straightforward to manage — from seemingly benign …

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Disabled ‘Denied’ SRH Facilities

Disabled ‘Denied’ SRH Facilities

Communication problems have been major obstacles for young people living with disability to enjoy Sexual and Reproductive Health services (SRH), a study has found out. According to a study titled ‘Understating SRH needs of young persons with disability in Nepal’, lack of sign interpreter and availability of services in Braille script have come in the way of young people enjoying …

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Solve the Cube

Solve the Cube

Candidates for major government posts should take a test to prove their common sense Mar 6, 2016- Nepal has been pursuing development for a long time, and various slogans, theories, modalities, working methods, claims and targets have been raised, dropped and recycled over the years. But the achievements have fallen short of the target. Likewise, Nepal has been receiving foreign aid …

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Nepal: Down Syndrome

Nepal: Down Syndrome

Kathmandu News The most common birth defects in southeast Asia region, including Nepal, are heart defects, neural tube defects and Down’s syndrome, with the most severe defects occurring in middle and low resource settings, said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for southeast Asia. “Birth defects are a major cause of still-births and neonatal mortality. Those who survive birth …

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Going Mainstream in Including Disabled People in Development

Going Mainstream in Including Disabled People in Development

A water and sanitation project helped build special toilet for the disabled in Nepal. How can nongovernmental organizations mainstream disability inclusion in their work? Across the world, 1 in 7 people has a disability and 80 percent live in developing countries. Many people with disabilities face discrimination and stigma in their everyday lives; they often remain locked out of opportunities, …

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Lobby Faults Chinese Embassy for Denying Disabled County Official Visa

Lobby Faults Chinese Embassy for Denying Disabled County Official Visa

The Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance programmes officer Masese Kemunche./ thehaguetrials.co.ke A civil society organisation has condemned the Chinese government for denying Nakuru County's director for youth affairs Patrick Kimemia a visa to China citing severe disability. Through its programme officer Kemunche Masese, the Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance, is now demanding that the Government of …

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Hearts and Heads: A Mother's Experience of Disability and Termination

Hearts and Heads: A Mother's Experience of Disability and Termination

Earlier this week, Katie Price came under media fire for saying she would have aborted her son Harvey had she known about his disabilities when she was pregnant. Perhaps her honesty shocked a lot of people but living in a country where over 90% of pre-natal Down's Syndrome diagnoses end in abortion, to take one condition as an example, we …

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Coping with a Child's Rare Intellectual Disability- 'Sam Said His First Word This Week and I Couldn't Believe It'

Coping with a Child's Rare Intellectual Disability- 'Sam Said His First Word This Week and I Couldn't Believe It'

As part of a campaign to highlight Rare Disease Day, Sarah and Colin Anderson tell our reporter about their struggle to get a diagnosis for their son Sam, and the very real difficulties the three-year-old now faces Little Sam (left), who has Fragile X Syndrome, with his dad, Colin, mum, Sarah, and younger sister, Lucy. Photo: Tony Gavin When Sam …

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