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President Peter Mutharika has said his government is reviewing the Disability Act of 2012 to provide better services to persons with disabilities in the country.

Mutharika made the remarks at Sanjika Palace when he held an audience with Federation of People with Disabilities of Malawi (Fedoma) Executive Committee on Friday.

Mutharika said the disability month which was commemorated between November 3 and December 3, 2016 has shown that disability is not inability.

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Mutharika said people with varying disabilities in the country have untapped potential but they need all the support to succeed.

“People with disabilities across the world are disproportionately affected in times of disasters, food insufficiency and conflicts. In the country, people with disabilities face numerous challenges to attain education, health services and employment,” he said.

Chairperson of Fedoma Board of Trustees, Reverend Towera Masiku, decried lack of inclusion and visibility of persons with disabilities, especially women and the youth.

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Masiku asked government to subsidise assistive devices such as clutches, hearing aides and wheelchairs which she said are too expensive for ordinary persons with disabilities in the country.

“We asked the President for a fully fledged directorate of disability within the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare to be looking into the welfare of the persons with disabilities in the country. We want youth and women mainstreaming in issues of disability right and we queried the President why the Disability Trust Fund is yet to roll out four years after the current Disability Act which provides for the fund was passed in 2012,” she said.

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