|Develop-ability: Disability, Displacement and Development in Uganda|
|Tuesday, 02 February 2010 00:00|
On Tuesday 27th October, 2009, AVSI, in partnership with IF Child Help, held an opening ceremony of a Photographic Exhibition at the Parliament of Uganda Main Conference Hall under the theme, “Develop-ability: Disability, Displacement and Development in Uganda”.
Highlights of the Photographic Exhibition
This one-week exhibition which took place from 26th October through 30th October 2009 highlighted a broad range of issues under a general theme of inclusive development programming and promotion of community involvement in the realm of disability interventions. Consisting of photos taken by Brett Morton and Zjuul Devens, the exhibition aimed to provoke awareness and discussion of topics including the rehabilitation and prevention of conflict-related disabilities, along with the causes and prevention of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus in developing countries.
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives from the Parliament of Uganda, Donor Agencies and Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) that are active in the area of rehabilitation or and advocacy for disability inclusion.
The speeches at the opening ceremony were aimed to sensitize the policy makers, the donor agencies and the general public on the causes, effects and policy implications of disabilities in Uganda thereby shading light on the multi-faceted challenges presented by having a disability.
Remarks from the key note speakers were as follows;
1. Hon. William Nockrach, MP for PWDs in the Northern Region; gave an introductory or welcoming speech; then a summary or plea for action at the conclusion of other speakers.
He clarified that IF, through her partner organizations in Uganda, facilitates health care intervention in the form of treatment, rehabilitation and follow-up care for children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. He also stressed that IF was passionate about awareness raising on issues of prevention, the effective management of bladder and bowel incontinence, improved nutrition and parent support groups.
In addition to the fore mentioned, CURE is a teaching and research hospital with a new program to advance the treatment of hydrocephalus without using a shunt (ETV) being offered among others; and research to identify the causative agent of hydrocephalus in progress.
Following an executive luncheon at Fang Fang restaurant in Kampala, the exhibition was displayed in the lobby of Parliament throughout the last week of October, attracting the attention of many policy makers and passers-by.
List of organizations represented at event: AVSI, IF, Parliament of Uganda, Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Health, Brussels Airlines, Chemiphar, RHF-Norway, Belgian Embassy, Belgian Technical Corporation, Axfam, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services of Uganda (CoRSU), Uganda Society for Disabled Children (USDC), Gulu Regional Orthopedic Workshop (Grow), Katalemwa Cheshire Home, Cure Children's Hospital of Uganda, Action for Disability and Development (ADD), Organized Useful Rehabilitation Services (OURS), Legal Action for Persons with Disabilities (LAPD), National Union of Women with Disabilities in Uganda (NUWODU), National Union of Diabled Persons of Uganda (NUDIPU), Uganda National Action of Physical Disability (UNAPD), Media: WBS TV, UBC TV, Star FM, The New Vision.