With your support and many other partners, CBM Kenya launched the Linda Maisha – Zuia Ulemavu campaign at APDK grounds in a colourful ceremony. The campaign seeks to highlight and mitigate the growing number of road accidents that are the leading cause of disability in Kenya. Through your support the campaign activities will include:-
• Creating awareness about and highlight road accidents as a cause of disability with a view to change of behavior;
• Highlight the plight of the often forgotten survivors of road accidents;
• Register Persons with Disabilities with the NCPWD;
• Providing assistive devices to survivors of road accidents with irreversible physical disabilities;
• Availing surgical interventions and counseling services to survivors of road accidents.
Speaking during the official launch of the campaign at the APDK grounds, CBM’s Chief Programme Officer, David Bainbridge, lauded the initiative as timely and necessary to adequately transform the lives of road accident survivors.
“No one should have to give up on life or be excluded for having an impairment -whether acquired or congenital, as we are all candidates of disabilities at some point in our lives,” he said.
He noted with concern that access to proper health services and proper assistive devices still remains as one of the multiple barriers reported by persons with disabilities, globally.
“A report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that in many low-income and middle-income countries, only 5 to 15% of people who require assistive devices and technologies have access to them which is quite disheartening,” added David.
The spirit of the ‘Linda Maisha’ campaign
To amplify the cause behind the campaign, CBM Kenya’s Executive Director, Amos Mutiga, pointed out that the Linda Maisha campaign aims to provide a glimmer of hope to road accidents survivors – especially to those who have sustained serious injuries that have resulted in permanent physical disabilities.
“We hope to reach out to all road accident survivors by providing them with assistive devices, counselling services, ensuring the registration of the survivors with the NCPWD, and supporting ongoing Linda Maisha interventions through continuous fundraising from corporates and citizens of goodwill, among other measures,” he said.
Mr. Mutiga also revealed that the campaign aims to raise awareness on the need for inclusion of persons with disabilities in national development because most survivors are usually forgotten by society once they acquire a disability.
“I am confident that through this campaign, and other future initiatives, we will collectively improve awareness about disability amongst Kenyans and increase the participation of people with special abilities in national development,” he affirmed.
The potential impact
The chief guest at the launch, the Chairman of the National Council of Persons with Disabilities, Dr. David Ole Sankok, encouraged accident survivors not to view their acquired disabilities as an impediment but instead focus on the positive. Dr. Sankok recounted that his disability was a turning point in his life.
“My disability became my turning point, motivating me to later study Medicine and become a doctor,” he said.
The partnership with NCPWD will assist the council actively increase registration of persons with disabilities in the country therefore ensuring adequate assistance is provided to new members according to their immediate needs.
“This will ensure that persons with disabilities are able to acquire assistive devices
enabling them revert back to their routine lives and help in growing of the economy as they will be employable,”
Dr. Sankok proceeded to present 20 assistive devices to pre-identified beneficiaries to mark the launch of the campaign, as well as a gesture of what to look forward to as the campaign gains momentum in the country.
A few stats/info from the week
Number of PWD’s registered: 130
Number assessed: 110
Number of assistive devices distributed: 20
Number of devices pending distribution: 110