Genially speaking most Kenyans with disabilities live within their families and most might require support services like rehabilitation Ans personalized services like sighted Gide sign language etc. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever how vital these supports, known as home- and community-based rehabilitation services, are for Kenyans with disabilities.
I opine Kenyans with disabilities need a better normal
On the other hand the ministry of health and both parliament and senate have not developed a clear road map final COVID-19 recovery package, which is inclusive. Kenya has a chance to invest in these lifesaving services – but as disability sausage media we’re worried that once again, Kenyans with disabilities may be left behind.
For example, out of the hundred pressers the government has conducted we have no evidence of tracking COVID-19 deaths in institutions for Kenyans with disabilities!
It is not much to ask for disability desegregated data.
Additionally, most committees at the national and county levels do not have representation of persons with disabilities.
This is to say Kenya government is still lagging behind on its own constitution 2019 UNCRPD, persons with disability act 2003 and the global disability summit commitments.
Worse still, organization of persons with disabilities are left behind on almost every agenda! Several studies by [IDA 20220, LCD 2020 HI 2020] have demonstrated how persons with disabilities have not been involved meaningfully in the Covid processes and strategies.
This is to say we don’t have evidence of participation.
These are some of the great missed opportunities of ensuring service delivery is achieved. Most
I believe its Kenyan government responsibility which can make the difference between a society where persons with disabilities get the services they need to thrive in communities and a society that leaves them to die.
It’s a proven fact that during Covid 2019 those persons with disabilities who live within their family members have less risk of contracting the virus than Kenyans with disabilities living in institutions, but during this period many support services were disrupted all in all
The Kenyan disability community has been working for a long time to expand access to these services. For example, the developmental disability network was pushing for the Uhuru administration to fund rehabilitation services. Unfortunately, the efforts have not yet bared fruits despite senate a ministry of health prior commitments.
It was sad that in July 2021 no budget allocation was given for this critical support system.
Worst still the Kenyan government reduced the budget for the persons with albinism programme.
Aren’t these signs of making persons with disabilities to fall in to cracks?
All in all, as disability sausage media We know what the policy solutions look like, and proposals to be granted. We need the government of Kenya to have commitment to devote billion in the Build Back Better agenda toward these services, thus, would begin to address this unmet need for Kenyans with disabilities. .
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Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
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