The Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities also advocates for the inclusion of marginalised groups during programme activities, including mass treatment campaigns and NTD case finding.
“We really appreciate the effort of Sightsavers and partners in involving us during implementation of their activities as they see us as key stakeholders and decision makers for all their activities,” Sani says.
The Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities also works to change perceptions in communities to show that people with disabilities are productive members of society, to help people with disabilities set up their own businesses and to ensure that children with disabilities receive the support and education they deserve.
Sani Muhammad explains that there is still work to be done, as the government does not yet fully involve people with disabilities when implementing activities. However, as the chairman of the association, he will continue to advocate for disability rights and to raise awareness to the government.
“We are glad to support Sightsavers and partners activities and are willing to do our best to ensure that people with disabilities are involved as decision makers in Sokoto state,” he adds.