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Deafblindness in the International Development Select Committee's report

10 April 2014
Posted by Edwin Osundwa

At the start of the year I travelled to the UK and gave evidence to the International Development Select Committee's first ever inquiry into disability and development.

The purpose of the inquiry was to investigate how the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) addressing the needs of disabled people with its £11.3 billion budget and to make recommendations on how it can improve its response to the needs of disabled people.

The Committee have now published their report and I am delighted that deafblindness has been given a mention on the first page, with a quote from the evidence I gave:

"I hear and experience cases where a mother who has given birth to a deafblind child [...] has to quit her job because she has to take care of her deafblind child. That becomes a double tragedy for the family, because that mother stops earning a very important income that would sustain the rest of the family members.

"As soon as the mother stops working, in most cases the husband may desert that family. That compounds the problems that such a family experiences".

We look forward to seeing if FCDO take up the recommendations of the committee, in particular to adopt a strategy on disability and I hope that deafblind people in Kenya will be able to directly benefit from this.

Edwin Osundwa is Country Representative, Sense International (Kenya)




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