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Tanzania ‘Voices of the Marginalised’ launch: not long to go

Marion Steff, September 2016
A group of peer researchers and speakers gather at the launch of the report on Voices of the Marginalised in Tanzania.

A group of peer researchers and speakers involved with the report

This is the moment I have really been waiting for: the launch of the Voices of the Marginalised report in Tanzania.

Ifakara Health Institute and Sightsavers, in collaboration with ADD International and HelpAge International, have worked very hard to organise a special event to present the findings of this research study. On 12 October, prominent guests will gather to hear speakers talking about the importance of improving quality of life and access to services for older people, and men and women with disabilities, in Tanzania.

What makes me very happy is to meet again some of the people who were directly involved in making this project a success: the older people and people with disabilities who were involved as researchers. Without them, the study would have never happened. To be there and celebrate their work, while hoping our efforts will have a lasting impact in Tanzania, is wonderful and exciting. I cannot wait to be there… Meanwhile, I will celebrate the International Day of Older Persons tomorrow and will ‘Take a Stand Against Ageism’ (this year’s theme).

For more information about about the International Day of Older Persons and how you can get involved, check out the HelpAge website.

By Marion Steff, Sightsavers policy adviser

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