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September 19, 2018
The Kabul Times

Increasing number of persons with disability concerning, AIHRC

Expressing concern over the situation of persons with disability, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) authorities said that the number of these people has been increasing in recent years.
Addressing Extensive Training Coordination Conference, the in-charge of handicapped support section Ali Mujtaba said, Handicapped are at close quarter with many problems while less efforts were made to tackle them.
He added, unfortunately the number of handicapped is increasing every year and wars, insecurity and incidents cause handicap. “Even Polio that was expected to be eradicated in 2005, has not been uprooted yet, victimizes children and make them handicap.”
The last handicap national survey was carried out in 2005 by Handicap Organization, shows that 2.7 pc population of Afghanistan were handicapped. Based on findings of this survey, out of this figure, over 840.000 individuals were seriously handicapped and over 110000 people have been affected directly or indirectly due to decade long conflicts.
Out of these handicapped about 128000 take advantage according to law on rights and privileges of handicapped.
According to the officials of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), 60000 Afs is paid to each total handicapped, and Afs 30000 to each partial handicapped and totally Afs 16 billion is paid every year to all handicapped across the country.
Spokesman of MoLSAMD Abdul Fatah Ashrat Ahmadzai said, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs has provided more services and facilities on access to medical and educational services, distribution of land as well as technical, vocational training for handicapped.
He added, the Afghan government has frankly committed to provide better access to war-handicapped to enable them to lead a better life.
But at the same time, member of the House Martyrs and Handicapped Commission, Yousuf Saber said, the government has failed to provide basic services for handicapped. He emphasized that, beside the government, the private sector should also play role for rehabilitation and employment of handicapped.
Masouda Qarizada

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