This project aims to improve the care, inclusion and training of people with disabilities in the province. It is currently in the preparatory phase and is expected to start in 2021.
It aims to contribute to the reduction of inequalities, access to care and professional training, and to foster community life for people with disabilities.
People with disabilities (PWD), representing 3.7% of the rural population in Attapeu province, experience high rates of marginalization due to beliefs and misunderstandings about disability, leading some communities to hide or exclude them from village life. This makes it all the more difficult to identify them, reducing their possibility of care and access to basic services, specific health care and the support needed to cope with life’s difficulties. They also lack access to the education and training system and cannot make a productive contribution to their community. The SFE has therefore set up a project, in collaboration with its local partners, to develop a system of holistic care for PWD with the aim of reducing inequalities, promoting the inclusion of PWD in social life and enabling them to reach their full potential.
This is the first phase of a long-term project. The vision is to see Attapeu’s PWDs integrated and active in their communities and benefit from the services they need at an affordable price. This project is the result of a partnership between the government and local associations for a coordinated implementation of the national law on disability.