People with Cerebral palsy are discriminated by their family members, community members and service providers hence depriving them of their fundamental human rights to access basic social services and to participate in family and community activities.
Uganda National Association of Cerebral Palsy has established that people with Cerebral palsy do not enjoy their fundamental human rights because of internal and external factors.
Internally, majority of people with Cerebral palsy do not understand that they are human beings worth enjoying human rights like others in Society. They are ignorant about their fundamental human rights and thus cannot defend their rights. This is discernible in self-pity, loss of self-confidence and not reporting of human rights violations against them. In addition, most parents and caregivers do not know how to take care of people with Cerebral Palsy and to enable them enjoy their human rights.
Externally, public ignorance about Cerebral Palsy, discrimination and negative attitude continue to hinder access to services by people with Cerebral Palsy. Most Communities in Uganda still believe that Cerebral Palsy is associated with witch craft which alienates people further with Cerebral Palsy from the community members.
Secondly, most programs of government and NGOs have not targeted people with Cerebral Palsy denying them an opportunity to participate in mainstream development programs and to live an independent life.
Majority of the service providers and the general public do not appreciate that to accord PWDs their rights is an obligation.
This project will therefore attempt to address internal (self-centered challenges) and external barriers (family and community challenges) to the enjoyment of fundamental human rights by people with Cerebral Palsy. The project will enhance mobilization, registration and sensitization of people with cerebral palsy for them to know, demand and protect their fundamental human rights. The project will implement interventions targeting parents, the community and service providers to equip them with knowledge about Cerebral palsy and to change their attitude and practices and to include people with Cerebral Palsy in their programs.
To strengthen the capacity of UNAC to reach out to more people with cerebral palsy in the target districts.
- Mobilization of People with cerebral palsy into groups for registration and linkage to service providers.
- Hold sensitization meetings for Parents /guardians/caretakers about the rights of people with CP