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Project - DANIDA  
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Joint DANIDA project: “strengthening the Disability Movement in Ghana through advocacy and capacity building”

The Disability Movements in Ghana and Denmark has since 2008 embarked a joint project aimed at Strengthening the Disability Movement in Ghana through Advocacy and Organizational Capacity building. The project was piloted in 2008/2009 in 3 districts, namely: Ho Municipal in the Volta Region, and Birim South and Manya Krobo in the Eastern Region.

The Project is an initiative of four (4) organizations of Persons with Disability in Ghana and their partners in Denmark and funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The project is currently in Phase 1 for a 4-year period (2010 – 2013) covering 14 districts in all ten (10) regions of the country.

Project districts Sefwi Wiawso, Juabeso (Western Region), Dormaa, Asutifi North (Brong Ahafo Region), Lawra (Upper West), Bongo (Upper East) Saboba and Nanumba North (Northern Region), Mampong and Ejisu Juaben Municipalities (Ashanti Region), Kwahu West (Eastern Region), Ga West (Greater Accra Region), Ketu South (Volta Region), Effutu (Central Region).

The project seeks among others to;

  1. strengthen the capacity of participating organisations to effectively advocate at national   and districts level
  2. build the capacity of  organisation of persons with disability in Ghana to implement its advocacy tools and salient strategies to enabling it to effectively monitor the implementation of the disability act, the UN convention and all issues pertaining to rights of disabled
  3. build the capacity of its members to adopt and implement advocacy incl. monitoring strategies to influence local and national policies and programmes
  4.  increase/develop efficient capacities of their members to advocate and lobby on all disability issues in a coordinated way at local and national level
  5. Develop relevant skills, systems and structures for efficient delivery of their programmes at national and local level
  6. adopt and develop appropriate systems for efficient and effective communication and information flow, and have improved coordination and communication within the movement and with relevant stakeholders at local, national and international level
The Project organizations in Ghana comprise of the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD), Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD), Ghana Blind Union (GBU) and Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD). The persons targeted include in particular local and national leaders, OPWD committee members and PWDs carrying special responsibility in relation to advocacy and flow of information within the disability movement at national and district level.. A Minimum of 40 percent of the target beneficiaries under the project are intended to be women.


Project - Ghana Disability Law Project  
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PROJECT ON ENSURING THAT GHANA’S PERSONS WITH DISABILITY LAW IS CONGRUANT WITH THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY:

This is a two-year project (January 2013 to December 2014) funded by the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) and is aimed at reviewing the Persons with Disability Act, 2006 (ACT 715) to accord to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with disability ratified by parliament in march, 2012. It is also intended to serve as a trigger for the revision of other laws such as the Mental Health Law passed in March 2012 to be in tune with the CRPD.

The three main objectives for the project are:

  1. To identify the similarities, differences and prospects of the Persons with Disability Act 2006, (ACT 715) and the CRPD
  2. To collate proposals for the amendment of Act 715
  3. To advocate the amendment of the Persons with Disability Act by Parliament

The GFD is in partnership with Mind Freedom Ghana (MFG) and Law Development and Associates (LADA) as National Coalition Partners for the implementation of series of activities across Ghana under the project with the overall purpose of having a wide stakeholder consultation and finally making relevant recommendations to government for an appropriate amendment of the Persons with Disability law of Ghana by the end of 2014 based on suggestions from across the country.



Project - The Employment Project  
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Under the project title “PROMOTING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITY (PWDs)” the GFD in partnership with Sighsavers International and Standard Chartered Bank Ghana is running a three-year Employment project aimed at providing PWDs graduates from tertiary institutions a better opportunity in employment.

The project aims at raising awareness particularly amongst policy makers, key stakeholders, as well as public and private employers; on the skills, capabilities and potentials of PWDs in Ghana. The project also seeks to look at ways in which both employers and PWDs can be supported to adjust to the workplace where PWDs will be employed through this initiative.

Owing to the high essence of a highly appropriate and functional legal framework that is fundamental in achieving the above, the project also seeks to support the GFD in pushing for the implementation of all relevant legal policies that provide the right bases for upholding the rights of PWDs in Ghana.

It is believed that PWDs themselves sometimes lack the confidence in their ability to find employment and in their capabilities to perform at the workplace. As a result, they limit their search for employment to certain professions only or do not even try to search or give up too quickly. The project will aim to build on the confidence of PWDs and help them to play a more active role in their own employment.

In addition, PWDs sometimes lack the necessary guidance and direction on the variety of employment, potential employers, availability of employment and the necessary skills needed to enter any particular employment. This project will work with selected guidance and counselling centers and their coordinators to strengthen career guidance at the secondary and tertiary levels to help PWDs make the right choices about employment.

Further more, the project will seek to address some gaps in IT skills amongst PWDs.  IT skills are very useful in today’s workplace. However, majority of PWDs that are searching for employment do not have these skills. This limits their chances of getting employment in today’s IT dependent workplace.

The project will provide the necessary information on useful available programs to all PWDs that will be encountered in the program and also support a number of them to acquire some minimal IT skills to enhance their chances of employment.



Project - The Sports Projects  
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Sports Project for Children with Disability

The project’s objectives: To contribute to the enrichment of disabled children`s lives through access to sports activities

Background:
Every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing and doing sports, the joy of teamwork, the achievement of hitting a ball or making a goal or crossing the finish line. Children with disability however do not enjoy the same rights as their colleague able children. Sport for children with disability is not recognized and given much priority in Africa and for that matter Ghana. 

In Ghana many children with disability are not given the opportunity to participate in sporting activities.  Those who are fortunate to be in special schools do participate in some basic types of sporting activities. For those in mainstream schools, the teachers do not have much knowledge about disability to talk about including them in sporting activities.

It is in the light of this that the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) and the Danish Sports Organization for the Disabled (DSOD) is implementing a sport project for children with disability in Ghana. The project which is a three year project stated in June 2011 and will end in April 2013. The sports project is being funded by DSOD.

The project is being implemented in all ten regions of Ghana. The project has recruited regional coordinators and coaches who are suppose to mobilize children with all kinds of disability in their communities and train them in different types of disability sports. The regions are collaborating with the various disability organization and other stakeholders for the implementation of the project.



Project - HIV and AIDS Project  
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BACKGROUND

According to a World Bank Report on disability (2011), about 15% of the world’s populations have a disability. According to the 2010 national census report 3% of the Ghanaian population is made up of PWDs (737,743). People with disabilities are exposed to the same risk factors for HIV as every non-disabled person. Despite the growing number of PWDs, little is known about HIV/AIDS in populations with pre-existing disabilities. As such, it is commonly assumed that individuals with physical, sensory (deafness, blindness) or intellectual disabilities are not at high risk of HIV infection.

Vulnerability to HIV/AIDS is further compounded by the social and physical exclusion of PWDs from mainstream HIV/AIDS services and treatment. For instance, majority of existing HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) service centers are physically inaccessible; do not provide sign language interpretation; have no  IEC materials on HIV/AIDS in Braille for the visually impaired; and no provision for those with intellectual impairments. Almost all mainstream campaigns about HIV/AIDS do not address the needs of PWDs. Four organizations are participating in this phase of the project namely, MEHSOG, GSPD, GBU and GNAD. 

The Goal of the project is to reduce new HIV infection among PWDs by 50% . its Overall Objective is to promote safer sexual practices among PWDs.

Specific objectives include

  1. Reaching out to 5,000 PWDs with messages on  safe sex practices, stigmatization of people infected with HIV  and behavioral changes by the end of the project
  2. By the end of the project 2000 PWDs would have been counseled and tested for HIV.

KEY STRATEGIES OF THE HIV PROJECT

The project is being implemented in the Eastern and Ashanti regions of Ghana. Total number of registered persons with disability with four member organisations of GFD in the two regions is about 16,948. The project aims to target about 5,000 persons with disabilities including both registered and non-registered. The main strategies include

  • One-on-one education using trained peer educators: one-on-one and  small group meetings with PWDs including the deaf who are using sign language interpreters to communicate messages about prevention. The Peer Educators (PEs) have been trained on Behavior change communication (BCC) to continue peer led informal discussions on sexuality, decision-making and sex negotiation skills. 
  • Offering HTC services:The Federation is collaborating with the Ghana Health Service to provide mobile HTC services to PWDs that have been mobilized by the PEs. This include formation of support groups to facilitate delivery of HTC services in project districts.

Sponsors
The project is being funded by the Ghana AIDS Commission and is for a one year period (starting from July 2013 to June 2013




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