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Two men and a woman in Cameroon. The men hold green posters saying 'Make it count'.

Cameroon approves landmark disability legislation

Cameroon has become the second African country to begin to ratify the African Disability Protocol, which addresses unique issues that affect people with disabilities in African countries.

February 2022
A metal plate full of Indian food.

Indira Rasoi: a kitchen with a difference

In Rajasthan in northern India, an initiative run by people with disabilities is providing fresh food for the community at low prices.

December 2021
A group of young people sit around a table, talking together. The group includes both men and women, and most of the group members are wearing smart business clothes.

Advancing disability data in Kenya through partnership

Sightsavers worked with the Kenyan government and partners to create the country’s first inclusive data action plan, which will help collect high-quality data about people with disabilities and the barriers they face.

Moses Chege, December 2021
The Sightsavers accessibility pack box: a white and yellow box with handle, featuring the words 'Accessibility standards and audit pack, produced by Sightsavers'.

Sightsavers wins Zero Project award for accessibility audit pack

Sightsavers won the innovation award for its accessibility standards and audit toolkit, which helps improve healthcare facilities for people with disabilities.

December 2021
A girl from Senegal reads braille in the classroom.

Equal World campaign launches Global Disability Summit petition

The Equal World petition calls on global decision-makers to attend the Global Disability Summit and make ambitious inclusion commitments.

November 2021
Five people, including the President of the Association des People of Small Size and the President of the Malian Union of the Blind, smile at the camera.

The last five years: Mali’s journey to protect the rights of people with disabilities

The signing and passing into law of a new social decree that protects the rights of people with disabilities was years in the making. But how did we get to this historic moment?

Daouda Kone, October 2021
Three people in protective clothing and masks stand outside conducting Covid research.

Research shows ‘shocking’ exclusion of people with disabilities during pandemic

The research, part of the Inclusive Futures initiative, found many people with disabilities were unable to get help with food, medicine and other relief efforts.

September 2021
A group of smiling people hold signs that say Equal UN Mali.

Mali passes new law to protect the rights of people with disabilities

The Prime Minister of Mali has signed the new social decree into law, which promises to improve the lives of people with disabilities and make it possible for people to claim their rights.

September 2021
A young boy smiles and waves at the camera.

The African Disability Protocol: a call to leave no one behind

The African Disability Protocol is unique to the continent and takes African practices and concerns into consideration so that the lives of people with disabilities improve.

Grace Antwi-Atsu, August 2021
A photograph Rasak Adekoya taken in a Sightsavers office

Sightsavers Nigeria’s Rasak Adekoya becomes One Young World ambassador

Rasak was selected for his work tackling the barriers faced by people with disabilities as part of the Inclusion Works programme in Nigeria.

August 2021
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