Covid-19: SHIVYWATA pleads for more help for disabled groups

22May 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Covid-19: SHIVYWATA pleads for more help for disabled groups

TANZANIA Federation of Disabled People’s Organisations (SHIVYWATA) has appealed to various stakeholders to continue contributing towards acquisition of braille books for the blind and other items to enable them have knowledge for the fight against covid-19 infections. 

Speaking yesterday at a press conference in Dar es Salaam SHIVYWATA chairperson Ummy Nderinanga said nearly 10 groups of people with disabilities with about three million people countrywide have various needs that require assistance from stakeholders especially during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

“I like to take this opportunity to appeal to various people to continue assisting us people with disabilities especially with hand washing facilities and masks for protection against the disease,” she said.

Presenting 1,500 copies of braille books, the coordinator of Tanzania Human Rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) Onesmo Ole Ngurumwa said people with disabilities should not be forgotten in the fight against the pandemic.

“These people need such items because they cannot read normal books if we need all groups to be reached, but if you gave them such books they are able to read just like normal people,” he said.

According to SHIVYWATA chairperson a total number of blind people is about 25,000 and that the books are not sufficient hence they ask for more assistance from stakeholders.