Government Urged To Assist Disabled In Solomons

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Around 14,000 disabled residents need more state funding

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 24, 2012) – The head of a Solomon Islands disability organization says it is struggling to provide sufficient assistance to the thousands of people living with disability.

The government has been accused of not taking the issue of disability seriously but Community Based Rehabilitation’s acting national coordinator says at least there is a budget for it.

However Elsie Taloafiri also says the most recent nationwide survey in 2005 found 14,000 people living with disability in Solomon Islands and her organization, which comes under the health ministry, needs more government funding.

"Currently, we are only providing services in terms of health. But for their welfare, livelihood and all these areas we still need the government to support us; because that’s the most important area within disability, especially if you want to do empowerment for people with disability."

Elsie Taloafiri says the government still needs to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but there is no point pushing for that until the necessary policy groundwork has been done.

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