Federation of Disability Organisations in Malawi (Fedoma) has asked Karonga District Council to prioritise issues of disability in their annual development programme.
Speaking during a training workshop for councillors and other stakeholders on Tuesday, Fedoma project coordinator Patrick Ulaya said access to physical environment, transportation and education remain a challenge for persons with disability in the country despite efforts to reduce them.
He, therefore, asked the council to involve people with disability in decision making processes.
Fedoma is implementing a four-month Promoting Disability Inclusion project in Karonga and other selected districts with financial support from National Democratic Institute (NDI).
According to the 2008 National Statistical Office (NSO) report, Malawi has over 400 000 people with disabilities, representing a disability prevalence of 3.8 percent.
Furthermore, the World Bank estimates that 20 percent of the world’s poorest people are disabled.