Supporting Children with Disabilities in Zimbabwe

92% OF CAREGIVERS TURN TO TRADITIONAL HEALERS FOR HELP FOR THEIR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, INDICATING A CLEAR LACK OF ADEQUATE INFORMATION ON DISABILITY AND OF QUALITY SERVICES

Children and Teacher sign language
UNICEF

Highlights

In Zimbabwe, only around 26% of people with disabilities have access to social welfare programmes. Quality, critical services for children such education, health, rehabilitation, social protection and child protection are also hard to 
come by. Across the country, socio-cultural beliefs, attitudes, stigma and discrimination all affect the lives of children with disabilities and greatly increase their vulnerabilities. Understanding of the causes of disabilities is very limited, with many Zimbabweans attributing them to witchcraft, promiscuity, curses or 
rituals-for-acquiring-wealth gone wrong. This then leads to families of children with disabilities being stigmatized, which in turn, causes families to reject, abandon, neglect or over-protect their children. At a policy and programming level, disabilities have long been considered charity or welfare issues, rather than rights issues. with limited resources for disability programming.

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