December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, was proclaimed in 1992 by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to raise awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life.
This year's theme focuses on empowering people with disabilities and ensuring inclusion and equality as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In the slums of Nairobi, 5% of children under 15 are disabled and live in conditions of severe marginalization in terms of both social and medical perspectives. Disability not only compromises their development, but also marginalizes the families in which they live.
World Friends Onlus, in collaboration with a consortium of non-governmental organizations active in the disability sector, organized an event in the Catholic Church in the Kariobangi slum, in Nairobi.
All those involved in the programs took part in a parade along the streets of the slum, to raise awareness on the subject and invite them to participate in the debate on the topic. More than 190 people attended the event.
For years World Friends Onlus has been working on the community-based rehabilitation program (CBRP) in collaboration with Ruaraka Uhai Neema hospital which provides physiotherapy, professional training and education to the entire community.
On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Dr. Antonio Melotto came to Neema Hospital to provide orthopedic surgery to children under 14 as part of the Community Based Rehabilitation Program.