17 per cent Afghans are disabled (3,500,000 people)

The Frontier Post, December 04, 1998

PESHAWAR - To celebrate the International Day of Disabled People, Comprehensive Disabled Afghans Programme (CDAP) Thursday arranged a public meeting at its main office in University Town.

Besides others, the meeting was addressed by Eric De Mul, the UN Coordinator and UN Resident Representative for Afghanistan, Peter Coleradge, manager CDAP and Sayed Aqa, chief of ACBL.

Also Nazeef Ullah, Parwaz and Samia Farzana, the two Afghan disabled spoke on the occasion.

Disability problem in Afghanistan, which has grown with alarming proportion and scored the highest marks by affecting 17 per cent of the population, needs concerted efforts to be dealt with, he said.

Disclosing the figures, he said that there were 700,000 disabled persons, while 3,500,000 people affected by the disability, who are in dire need of services.

Highlighting the performance of the CDAP in tackling the issue of disability , Peter Coleradge informed that since January 1995, the programme alone arranged rehabilitation and socio-economic integration services to 70,000 disabled persons.

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