11 December 2017
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MANAD trains women with disabilities in Sexual Reproductive Health

Written by  Aliko Munde

Nkhata Bay, November 27, 2017: Malawi National Association of the Deaf (MANAD) sayswomen and girls with disabilities in Malawi hardly access family planning information and services due to structural and institutional obstacles.

MANAD Programmes Officer, Bruno Watipatsa Mwase, was speaking during the weekend in Nkhata Bay when he presided over a closing ceremony of a three -day training on SRH for women and girls with disabilities.

He said women and girls with disabilities fit the common pattern of structural risks for HIV and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections as they hardly access SRH information and services.

“Generally, the society does not respect sexual and reproductive health rights for women and girls with disabilities although it is widely accepted that persons with disabilities have rights,” Mwase said.

He said girls with disabilities are most of the times denied the right to establish relationships and often times are forced into marriages where they are treated more as housekeepers than family members.

In his remarks, Nkhata Bay District Hospital Nursing Officer, Harvey Thom, said in most cases, the health personnel have difficulties in assisting people with hearing impairment because most of them cannot communicate through sign language.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) funded  project which is being implemented in Chiradzulu, Mangochi, Dedza, Mchinji and Nkhata Bay districts aims at promoting SRH rights. The project is also expected to link the targeted audience with relevant service providers.

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