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African Blindness Conference Ends

08 Jul

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The 5th African forum, the largest-ever gathering in the blindness field has ended in Accra with a Press Conference to disclose happenings at the forum.

At the Press conference, it was disclosed that the largest-ever attracted almost 400 delegates from 43 countries from Africa and various parts of the world.

It was made known that an African release of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank International reports on disabilities highlighted that about 15 percent of the world’s population-over one billion people live with some form of disability.  “This global disability prevalence figure is higher than previous WHO estimates”, it added.

It however, stressed that disability is on the rise globally due to an aging population plus rapid spread of chronic diseases among other factors.  It further disclosed that the introduction of the TechShare which was launched is the largest exhibition and training on assistive technology in Africa.

Such extensive sharing of high-tech solutions for people who are blind, as was said by Mr. Robin Spinks, a member of the International blind Group, provides transformation opportunities for education, rehabilitation and more productive living through the range of available technology from one known Company, the Microsoft Corporation.

The Conference added significantly that Government of Ghana publicly recognized the impact of visual impairments by addressing a wide spectrum of government policy issues.  It stressed that numerous governmental leaders played important roles to the aid of these disabled.

It finally called on government to implement certain facilities for the disabled for free “Access”.

Source:  ISD (Tally Ansah Asiedu)

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Posted by on 8 July, 2011 in WORLD

 

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