Overall Objective of SEEPD I
The overall objective of the program is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities (PWDs) in the region. Its purpose is to ensure that people with disabilities are socially and economically empowered.
Empowerment of PWDs in this program is understood as increasing authority to PWDs by giving them a voice and by strengthening their confidence in various ways. The program reflects the shift in the understandings of disability and community based rehabilitation from a medical to a social/ integrated model as promoted by the World Health Organization and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO, 2001).
The Program Focuses On the Following Areas
- The establishment and management of a network of existing actors in disability, rehabilitation, and development with a central coordination. This network will provide a firm platform for advocacy efforts by PWDs and their families. Representatives from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs will be part of the network and planning process.
- Capacity development of leaders with a disability.
- Capacity development efforts within the CBC-HB through the following activities:
- Amalgamation of previously isolated projects (4) under the CBC umbrella structure and the creation of an integrated disability program to ensure complementary and comprehensive
- services aiming at increasing the QOL of PWDs
- Establishment of a national procurement structure to allow effective and efficient service provision for PWDs in materials, equipment and consumables
- Promotion and development strategies to ensure equal opportunities for PWDs through capacity development of beneficiaries and their families (economic empowerment, advocacy)
- Research to support the goals of the program will be carried out in collaboration with the Bamenda Coordinating Centre for Studies in Disability and Rehabilitation
Cross Cutting Issues in The Program
- Inclusion of PWDs at all stages of the program, including community involvement, advocacy and networking.
- Improved accessibility: the program will make services more accessible and affordable to PWDs both at institutional and community levels, through advocacy, infrastructure and service adjustments.
- Activities to educate and sensitize PWDs on their rights and also for communities to include PWDs in mainstream initiatives.
- Gender Focus on ensuring that women are included and that services for women with disabilities are improved.
- Child Protection a child protection policy will be developed by CBCHB. The program will assist all stakeholders in developing policies to protect children.
Expected Program Results
- The scope and utilization of the various medical and rehabilitation services increases.Â
- The participation and success rates of children with disabilities in schools increases.
- More PWDs are integrated into the local economy.
- Research is effectively contributing to development and implementation of the project.
- Improved communication increases the effect of mainstream campaigns on PWDs and increases the sensitivity of government services to the needs of PWDs.
To empower persons with disabilities to exploit their full potentials in inclusive settings.
Phase II Achievements
- 385,783 people with/at risk of acquiring disabilities accessed different medical services to treat, prevent or rehabilitate disabilities.
- 627,188 people were sensitized on existing services.
- 148,785 people sensitized on the importance of education of CWDs.
- 478 teachers trained and implementing inclusive education in 17 pilot schools.
- 3,540 CWDs enrolled in mainstream schools with 69%recording improvements in their performances in end of course exams.
- 4 local councils are supporting the education of 50 CWDs from their municipalities who are enrolled in special schools. Two of these councils have made it policy.
- 1,456 PWDs are involved in income generating activities including loans for business, vocational training and formal employment.
- Research has continued to support Program implementation with the completion of 7 Program development studies.
- Networks are being developed to ensure optimum safeguarding and protection of children with disabilities from risk of abuse and from abuse respectively.
Disability inclusion in mainstream development actors policies and practices is still largely inadequate.
Empowerment and elimination of attitudinal and physical barriers to opportunities will enhance PWDsâ€™ inclusion and optimum participation in national and global development engagements.
SOCIO ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (SEEPD) PHASE III
SEEPD III starts on January 2, 2015 and will end on December 31, 2018. The activities of this phase align with the initial goal of empowerment and inclusion of PWDs. Three components (Gender, Programme Management and Child Protection) though cross cutting have been established to facilitate optimum participation and ensure sustainability.
Development actors are effectively mainstreaming disabilities in their engagements.
- Communities incorporate PWDs in their development plans
- Communities and other key education stakeholders take up and promote inclusive education
- Many more PWDs access inclusive livelihood opportunities.
- Many more communities participate in the prevention and rehabilitation of PWDs
- Child safety is ensured at all levels of programme implementations.
- Improved management, documentation and visibility of programme targeting PWDs.
Persons with disabilities continue to endure limited access to quality healthcare services, education and livelihood opportunities in Cameroon. Through the SEEPD Programme, the CBCHS is making commendable efforts to close access gaps in these critical areas and putting smiles on the faces of PWDs. SEEPD Phase III sets out to achieve more.To be part of our efforts, login to: www.cbchealthservices.org and learn more about us!