Kenya Re advocates for economic development inclusion among persons with disabilities in Nyamira County

Nyamira, 27th September, 2017…..Kenya Reinsurance Corporation (Kenya Re) has called for increased inclusion and opportunities among people living with disability to enable them to participate in the country’s economic development agenda. The Corporation announced this during the Niko Fiti – Ability beyond Disability event held at the Nyamira County Hospital this morning.

The event saw a caravan traversing within Nyamira County sensitizing the public about disability and the needs of persons living with disability in a bid to demystify stigmatization against persons with disability. 1300 beneficiaries from Nyamira County received 428 assistive and mobility devices comprising of 30 crutches, 38 tricycles, 37 Wheelchairs and 50 white canes. The event held at Nyamira County hospital was presided over by Kenya Re’s Managing Director, Mr. Jadiah Mwarania. Also present was the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) Chairman of Kisii Branch, Mr. Charles Ragira.

In partnership with Kenya Re, the Association of the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) conducted a needs assessment through their nationwide distribution network to identify the areas that disability is more prevalent and to pinpoint and assess persons with disability that have not been adequately aided with assistive devices. APDK thereafter assessed the PWDs conditions and made recommendation.

The Niko Fiti campaign was informed by statistics developed by the National Disability Survey covering the number of PWDs and their distribution countrywide. It considered

  1. The demographic, socio-economic & socio-cultural characteristics of PWDs
  2. The nature, types and causes of disability in the country.
  3. The gender specific problems faced by PWDs.
  4. The coping mechanism and needs of people with disability.
  5. The nature of services and rehabilitation programs of PWDs by type.

The study found disability prevalence to be 4.6%. The most prevalent of disability was physical followed by visual impairment.

Kenya Re injected 32 Million shillings into this year’s Niko Fiti program that will be used to implement activities such as the Niko Fiti distribution of assistive devices, the previously launched Niko Fiti PWDs Education Integration Program at Lenana school and Moi Girls School, Isinya that involved the modification of the schools facilities to ensure access, mobility and integration of students with various disabilities in the institutions. Part of the funds will also go into the refurbishment of St. Mary’s Children’s center for the disabled.

Speaking at the event, Kenya Re’s Managing Director, Mr. Jadiah Mwarania said this year’s CSR Initiative is aimed at ensuring the inclusion and opportunities of persons with disabilities as well as increase awareness of disability countrywide.

“This year, the Corporation has organized a 3 phased campaign to reach 1300 persons with disability. The regions will kick off from Kisii region where the distribution will cover Nyamira and Homabay County, Embu Region covering Embu/Kerugoya/Meru/Isiolo and Tans Nzoia region which will cover Entebes, Kiminini, Bungoma, Kwanza and Kapenguria.”

This event marks the second phase of the 2017 Niko Fiti – Ability beyond Disability Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative with over 1300 beneficiaries from Kisii, Embu and Trans Nzoia receiving the mobility and assistive devices.