Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Malawi SIAM has asked government to help the organization in addressing challenged persons with spinal cord injuries are facing in their daily livelihood.
SIAM Chairperson, Bylon Kondowe made the call in Lilongwe at the end of a five day training of persons with Spinal Cord Injuries.
Kondowe said the organization was established to address challenges and human rights violation persons with spinal cord injuries were facing.
He said: “The training tackled issues of health, human rights and the law and we noted that persons with spinal cord injuries are experiencing violation of their rights in some instances.”
In her response, Grace Massa, Principle Disability Officer in the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare asked SIAM to work with government to ensure that the rights of its members are observed. Massa said government was ready to partner with stake holders such as SIAM due to the institution’s expertise in classifying types of disability.
“One can note that the training has filled a number of gaps on how to improve the health of persons with spinal cord injuries and how to prevent further injuries that can continues to damage the spinal cord,” she said.
One of the participants Bertha Njakata commended the organization for the training saying it will go a long way improving their lives.
Spinal Cord Injuries was established in 2019 with a membership of 1000 members from various parts of the country.