FAIRMED project handed over to the Cameroon government
After around six years, the FAIRMED pilot project for the integration of people with disabilities was officially handed over to the Cameroonian government on 23 November 2017. Thereby, the project has set a first milestone for the country-wide inclusion of people with disabilities.
Back in the spring of 2016, the Ministry of Social Affairs (MINAS) in Cameroon agreed to continue the project for the integration of people with disabilities, and to provide support in the form of additional resources. Moreover, the project is to be pursued in its original sense and intent. FAIRMED country director Flore Agoum Tiwa proudly handed over the keys to the Ministry of Social Affairs during the course of a workshop that was held to introduce the country-wide community-based rehabilitation strategy (CBR). This represented the official handing-over of the project for the inclusion of people with disabilities to the Cameroon government. “For us, it’s an absolutely ideal situation if one of our projects can be placed entirely in the hands of the government. This shows how the close cooperation with local authorities really pays off,” said FAIRMED programme director, Bart Vander Plaetse.
Holistic integration of people with disabilities
People with disabilities face a significantly higher risk of living in poverty than people without any disabilities. In particular in the poor and remote regions of Africa and Asia, affected individuals are neglected and excluded – economically, legally and socially. For the first time, the project gives people with disabilities a voice: the ‘Social Center’ has set up a contact point that is aimed at helping disabled people and their families to gain access to health, education and work. In this way, the project is serving as a model for the nationwide strategy to promote the participation of people with disabilities at all levels of society.