In a significant milestone, the State Department for Social Protection and Senior Citizen Affairs on 16th October, 2023 at Serena hotel Nairobi, unveiled the Support Needs Assessment Report aimed at enhancing the well-being of persons with disabilities and their primary caregivers. The launch event, graced by dignitaries and key stakeholders, showcased the government's commitment to addressing the diverse needs of these vulnerable groups.
As the State Department for Social Protection and Senior Citizen Affairs, the government body is charged with providing policy and strategic guidance on social development, risk management, and the welfare of various vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities.
The report highlights the essential role of social protection systems in meeting the multifaceted needs of individuals with disabilities and their caregivers, from identification to financing. Often, family members become the primary source of support, leading to challenges in choice and autonomy for persons with disabilities and potential caregiver burnout.
Government officials believe that the findings from this assessment will guide stakeholders, especially the government, in developing gender-responsive programs that provide support services to persons with disabilities and their families. The ultimate goal is to transition children with disabilities out of institutional care and reintegrate them into families and communities, aligning with their commitment to fostering inclusive, community-based environments.
The government praised the active involvement of Organizations of and for Persons with Disabilities in implementing this critical assessment, which seeks to identify diverse support needs. This pilot survey serves as a stepping stone towards next year's National Disability Survey, further emphasizing the government's dedication to understanding the needs of persons with disabilities and their families.
The report emphasizes the crucial role that organizations and individuals play in ensuring the full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in communities. This extends to those with high support needs, who rely on practical assistance for daily living.
The launch of the Support Needs Assessment Report signifies a significant step towards a more inclusive and supportive society for persons with disabilities and their caregivers, with the government leading the way in pioneering social change and inclusive policies.
By: Selly Muhonja - PCO