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Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame smiling, holding up a placard reading '#EqualUN for an equal world'.
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An insider’s guide to the UN disability committee

UN disability committee member Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame talks about her first official committee meeting and gives an insight into how the UN system works.

Disabled People’s Organisation leaders, Sightsavers staff and medical practitioners workers outside a hospital along with Camilo Morreira.
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“Nothing about us without us”: improving access to health care in Mozambique

Through Sightsavers’ inclusive health project in Nampula, Camilo Morreira shares his work to ensure that health care facilities are accessible for people with disabilities.

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Four takeaways from the Zero project in Vienna

If people with disabilities cannot make their voices heard, they will be systematically excluded from access to services. It would make a huge difference if their needs and ideas were considered from the very beginning.

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Joining the dots on universal health coverage

As momentum gathers towards the High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage in September, it is critical that dialogue taking place at other related meetings and events is aligned.

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Sightsavers launches global #EqualUN campaign

Sightsavers has launched a global campaign calling on the United Nations to ensure that the work of all its agencies is fully inclusive of people with disabilities.

Three women, one of whom is using a wheelchair, holding up signs reading '#EqualUN for an equal world'.
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Why we’re calling for an equal UN

Globally, it’s recognised that people with disabilities are vulnerable to being left behind in efforts to eradicate poverty. Yet there’s still not enough progress being made.

A large crowd of people standing in a conference hall with a banner promoting the Africa Health Agenda International Conference.
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Five takeaways from the Africa Health Agenda conference

The conference, in Rwanda, brought together more than 1,500 participants from all kinds of sectors, all working on ways of ensuring better health outcomes for everyone.

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“Grace gave me the courage to empower people with disabilities”

On International Women's Day, disability ambassador Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame remembers Grace Preko, her friend, sister and role model who showed her there was life after blindness.

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Seynabou’s story

One day Seynabou heard a visiting teacher talk about an inclusive school for children with disabilities, and she jumped at the chance to go.

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Khady’s story

“I met so many children with disabilities who were not going to school and there was no institution to welcome them. So I started fighting for that aim.”

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