Event Report: Improving Access to Health Services and Information for Deaf Women and Girls

 Event/Project Date: 3rd November 2020
Deaf women across the country face inequalities when it comes to accessing health information and healthcare services, as health information and services are often not available in an accessible format. As a result, Deaf individuals often have low health literacy and are at greater risk of being misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.
This can be challenging when treating patients from unfamiliar cultural backgrounds, especially those who are Deaf. Not only are they a linguistic and cultural minority, they are also members of the world’s largest and ill-forgotten minority group: the disability community.
In view of these, Deaf Women Aloud Initiative (DWAI) with support from Disability Rights Fund launches her project and inception meeting at Denis Hotel, Wuse 2. Our goal is to create awareness on improving access to health services for Deaf women and girls, in line with CRPD Article 25 (Health), SDG 3 (Good health and well-being) as well as influence the adoption of sign-language in local government policies and programmes in four Area Councils (Kuje, Gwagwalada, Bwari and AMAC) in Abuja, Nigeria.
The meeting has the attendance of key stakeholders from Deaf Women, FMOH, FCT health and human services, FCT primary health board, Joint National Association of person with disabilities (JONAPWDs), MSIN, Ipas, DWAN, DRAC, NNAD, DNF, MWAN, National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) and Medias etc in which they all spoke in support of the project. Deaf Women has been neglected for so long and it’s time to close the gap.
Our special thanks to God Almighty and Disability Rights Fund for their support and encouragement.
Below are the pictures of the event;

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