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Editorial

Editorial

People with Down syndrome, on an equal basis with other people, must be able to enjoy full and equal rights, both as children and adults. This includes the opportunity to participate fully in their communities. The reality for many is that prevailing negative attitudes result in low expectations, discrimination and exclusion, creating communities where children and adults with Down syndrome …

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The Plight of a Burn Victim

The Plight of a Burn Victim

Ali being looked after by his brother at the Burns Centre.—White Star KARACHI: With severe burns all over his body, Ghulam Ali Solangi groans in pain every time he senses the absence of a loved one in his room at the Burns Centre, where he has been admitted since Tuesday morning. As soon as his mother comes near him, he …

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The Core Questions

The Core Questions

Pakistan urgently needs a fresh census to be able to set its priorities right Despite a rapidly-increasing population, Pakistan has not carried out a census for the last 18 years. The country was ranked the seventh largest population of the world in the light of the 1998 census. The census of 1961 is considered the most comprehensive among all censuses …

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My Parking Spot

My Parking Spot

Make some space for women We celebrated International Women’s Day a few days back. Keeping this day in mind many events were held in Karachi and Lahore on the day dedicated to women. Read on to findout more... Women drivers will no longer have to struggle to find a parking space at one of Karachi’s most popular shopping destinations - …

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This Start-Up Gives Insurance to Low-Income Pakistani Families — How Did it Build Trust?

This Start-Up Gives Insurance to Low-Income Pakistani Families — How Did it Build Trust?

Iqbal's wife meets with MILVIK representatives to receive the Rs300,000 as a successful claim LAHORE: Javed Iqbal was a regular Warid customer who heard of MILVIK: an insurance package available through a simple SMS service. Iqbal decided to opt for the service, which was promising to charge a bare minimum each month. He texted “BIMA” to 9878, and within minutes, got …

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For Children Born with Clubfeet, Life Painful in Pakistan

For Children Born with Clubfeet, Life Painful in Pakistan

KARACHI: Between 6,000 and 7,000 children in Pakistan are born with clubfoot every year but hardly five to 10 percent receive adequate treatment. Clubfoot is a congenital or a birth defect in which one foot or both feet of a newly born child are rotated inwards from the ankle. It is a painful condition that makes movement of the foot …

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Amtul Raqeeb Award Conferred on Women of Courage

Amtul Raqeeb Award Conferred on Women of Courage

KARACHI: PPAF’s Amtul Raqeeb Award is an annual award presented on the occasion of International Women’s Day to female community members engaged in PPAF supported community development initiatives across the country. The Award is meant to honor and recognize the invaluable contribution by individuals especially women belonging to PPAF-supported communities in self-advancement as well as in the socio-economic development of …

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India Shines Light On The Plight Of The Disabled

India Shines Light On The Plight Of The Disabled

Students attend a training session in New Delhi to become accessibility auditors when the government begins inspections of 2,500 public buildings across India. (Washington Post Photo) NEW DELHI: HIGHLIGHTS Government to audit 2,500 public buildings across India for accessibility Over 26 million disabled Indians face inaccessible buildings, roads etc PM Modi launched Accessible India initiative in December 2015 Go, inspect …

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Against All Odds

Against All Odds

When sisters Narayani and Sunita Dawadi (pictured above) both blind since birth, started working as telephone operators at Tribhuvan International Airport, co-workers scoffed. “They thought we were a burden to them and I was determined to prove myself,” recalled Narayani. Both studied at the Purvanchal School for the Blind in Dharan and Laboratory School in Kirtipur. Narayani has completed her …

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Seeing it a Different Way

Seeing it a Different Way

For Ichhya KC crossing the street in Kathmandu where zebras are disregarded by motorists, is a nightmare There is a long way to go in ensuring full mobility for the visually impaired on streets that are dangerous even for sighted people Once again this week, a man refused to give Ichhya KC a bus seat entitled to the handicapped. The …

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Surmounting Disability, City Girl is UN Global Ambassador

Surmounting Disability, City Girl is UN Global Ambassador

Diksha with her overjoyed family on Sunday. (PIC: DHANANJAY HELWADE) Chosen as only representative from India for 'A World At School' programme, Katraj resident — who is 84% disabled — aims to do her best to spread awareness about education In a fresh coup for a talented young person from the city, 23-year-old Katraj resident Diksha Dinde — who happens …

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Proposed Ambulance Service: Views of a Senior Surgeon

Proposed Ambulance Service: Views of a Senior Surgeon

Former Consultant Surgeon of Sri Jayawardenapura General Hospital and Honorary Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University Medical Faculty, Dr. Gamini Goonetilleke FRCS, recently spoke on the proposed Emergency Medical System and Ambulance Project. Dr. Goonetilleke, who is also a Past President of the College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka,counts over 30 years experience as a Consultant Surgeon serving in …

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Prof Abul Barkat Calls Finance Minister Muhith a 'Retard'

Prof Abul Barkat Calls Finance Minister Muhith a 'Retard'

Dhaka University professor Abul Barkat has called Finance Minister AMA Muhith a retard in a workshop for persons with disabilities. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu was present when he launched the disparaging attack on the octogenarian politician in Dhaka on Wednesday. “Our budgets are not friendly towards disabled people. It does not allocate funds these helpless people need. The finance …

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Cheshire Doctor Given Humanitarian Award by College in Bangladesh

Cheshire Doctor Given Humanitarian Award by College in Bangladesh

CHESHIRE >> Dr. Ehsan Hoque, executive director of Distressed Children and Infants International, a child-advocacy organization based in Cheshire, has received the Humanitarian Award by Rajshahi Medical College in Bangladesh. Hoque, a Cheshire resident, founded the nonprofit organization at Yale University in 2003 to reduce poverty, hunger, child labor and preventable blindness. DCII is responsible for more than 33,000 eye …

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British Welfare Minister Resigns Over Disability Cuts Plan

British Welfare Minister Resigns Over Disability Cuts Plan

London—Britain’s welfare minister Iain Duncan Smith resigned on Friday over planned reductions in welfare payments for people with disabilities unveiled by the finance minister this week. “Changes to benefits to the disabled and the context in which they’ve been made are a compromise too far,” he wrote in a letter following uproar against the plans, including from lawmakers in his …

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How Serious are We About Disability?

How Serious are We About Disability?

Sri Lanka has a long tradition of sharing with our disabled citizens the state’s largesse when it comes to welfare. The state provides grants for medical expenses and self-employment, assistive devices free of cost, cash transfers to those who have low incomes and provides youth with vocational training in special institutions. The state also subsidizes homes which house children with …

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Does Sri Lanka Have Public Policies?

Does Sri Lanka Have Public Policies?

  The answer to the question maybe off course, it does. I also certainly believe we do. why is so much spent primarily on consultancies writing policies which do not refer to what existed previously? As an example in a project over 5 years with a budget equivalent to 5Mn$ a sum of 2.735Mn$ has been the direct cost of …

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Girls’ Clubs Having ‘Big and Meaningful’ Impacts on Young Women’s Empowerment

Girls’ Clubs Having ‘Big and Meaningful’ Impacts on Young Women’s Empowerment

Nubu Nubrah reads to girls at the Kikaaya girls’ club. ©  Stephan Gladieu/World Bank STORY HIGHLIGHTS Girls’ clubs in Uganda offer a safe haven for young women amid high rates of youth unemployment, teen pregnancy and early marriage. A study finds the clubs are improving young women’s ability to earn an income and delay marriage and childbearing. The research is …

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This Irish Startup Wants to be a Google Maps for People with Disabilities

This Irish Startup Wants to be a Google Maps for People with Disabilities

IMAGE: VICKY LETA / MASHABLE In 2012, Matt McCann visited London thinking he had booked the perfect hotel room. Beyond searching for a good price and decent location, he needed a hotel designed with accessibility in mind. McCann has cerebral palsy and uses a rolling walker to get around, and found a place that seemed to meet his needs. But he …

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Indonesia's Mentally Ill 'Shackled and Sexually Abused' in Care Centres

Indonesia's Mentally Ill 'Shackled and Sexually Abused' in Care Centres

A woman left chained in a room in East Java Andrea Star Reese / Human Rights Watch Indonesia has only 48 mental hospitals, but a population of 250 million Mentally ill Indonesians are routinely shackled by their families or social care facilities, and face psychological and sexual abuse at the hands of their carers, a new report by Human Rights Watch says. An …

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Russia's New Disability Rules Prompt Outrage as 500,000 lose Benefits

Russia's New Disability Rules Prompt Outrage as 500,000 lose Benefits

System only awards financial aid if claimant has lost ‘40% of a bodily function’, meaning thousands no longer qualify. RFE/RL reports  Families caring for children with disabilities have been particularly hard hit by the new government rules. Photograph: Artyom Geodakyan/TASS Daniil is five years old but he’s spent more time in a hospital than most adults. Last year he was treated …

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Russian Model Natalia Vodianova Rebukes Cafe for Forcing Out Autistic Sister

Russian Model Natalia Vodianova Rebukes Cafe for Forcing Out Autistic Sister

Olga Murtazina, a Magnitogorsk resident whose daughter Kristina was denied her disability status last year, shares Nizhegorodova’s anger. She says Kristina, 17, has suffered from chronic exhaustion, dizziness and fainting spells since her thyroid gland was removed due to a medical error in 2006. Authorities ruled that Kristina, who will be on hormonal medication for the rest of her life, …

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Olivia Wilde Appears in World Down Syndrome Day Video Challenging People to See Beyond Disability

Olivia Wilde Appears in World Down Syndrome Day Video Challenging People to See Beyond Disability

Olivia Wilde In our superficial, prejudiced world, looking 'different' can be one of the biggest obstacles that get in the way of people being treated with humanity, and accepted and respected for who they are. It's all too easy to define people by the differences you can see straight away, and then your mind switch off to looking any further. A new …

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