A Non- governmental organisation has called for increased collaboration and dialogue among stakeholders in the provision of inclusive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services to people living with disabilities.
Leonard Cheshire International Chairperson Nora Groce has emphasized the need to build capacity and appropriate measures in addressing sanitation issues for the disabled in the country.
ZANIS reports that Prof. Groce said this when she gave a report on a research conducted by Leonard Cheshire, in Lusaka, today.
The Professor said the research was aimed at identifying barriers to the provision of accessible and clean WASH services in Zambia.
She said the report revealed lack of access to toilets and cleaning drinking water as some of the prominent barriers to WASH services.
Prof. Groce said Zambia as a signatory to the United Nations convention for the rights of people with disabilities has been exemplary in both the setting up and implementation of legislation supporting the disabled in the country.
She father commended government for the progress made in upholding laws recognizing rights of the disabled and further called for intensified implementation of the laws.
And speaking at the same occasion, Leonard Cheshire Zambia Regional Livelihoods Advisor Emmanuel Hambote bemoaned the low levels of employment among people living with disability who make 15 percent of the Zambian population.
Mr. Hambote said employment levels which stand at 45.5 percent for people living with disabilities has negatively affected the social performance of the county as it was posing a high challenge on access to knowledge and other social amenities among the disabled.
And Water Aid Advocacy Research and Communications Manager Mundia Matango said his organisation has embarked on a WASH project which will promote access to good sanitation catering for over 14000 people in Monze.
He said the programmed which is tailor made to promote community participation both at policy and acquisition level will be conducted in schools and households to bring about the much desired change.