In 2017, the CRPD Committee adopted general comment No. 5 on Article 19 on living independently and being included in the community, which clearly stated the obligation of States Parties to adopt a plan for deinstitutionalization, including the closure of current institutions and not to build new ones. Yet, without quality community services and support for parents, institutions are seen to provide better care than children with disabilities would receive at home.
By drawing on the experiences of parents, advocates, NGOs, and public officials, this is due to the November pronouncement by Kenya that it has budgeted for a new modern mental health institution instead of strengthening families. In the latest Kenyan escapades, the duty bearers are ensuring that persons with psycosocial disabilities do not access community empowerment activities by pushing the agenda of institutionalization!
Is this what organizations of persons with disabilities in Kenya want?
Are these the thoughts of care giver of persons with intellectual and psycosocial disabilities?
Has the current Mathare hospital served its purpose and now we want a modern and larger institution?
It’s not just enough to take back the gains of the individuals, advocates and care givers of persons with disabilities.!
Let’s meet on disability sausage YouTube channel as we up pack why community related solutions are more beneficial than the idea of institutionalization of persons with psychosocial disabilities.
They are individuals with rights and deserve the best.
Defending the rights of the already marginalized groups with a sector is not an easy ride.
We need to have a debate!
The views expressed here are for the author and do not represent any agency or organization.
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
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