Ministry of Health Officials of Burkina Faso attend Training on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and the country Legislative measures adopted by the Government to ensure its implementation.

Participants to the training in Ouagadougou

Bridging the Gap (BtG) in Burkina Faso, implemented by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), is dedicated to enhancing the access to health for persons with disability. If so far Project activities have been oriented to support the members of the National Multi- sectoral Council for the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disability (COMUD) and the local Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs), more recently a training for Directors and Health Managers/Officials  of the Ministry of Health has been organized in two sessions which took place from the 7th to 9th of May and from the 24th  to the 26th of July 2019 and was attended by a total of 30 participants. The activity, organized collaboration with the COMUD and led by the trainer Mr. Boukary Savadogo, was conducted utilizing a participatory approach.

The second training, inaugurated by the director of AICS Ouagadougou, Mr. Domenico Bruzzone and by the Representative for the Ministry of Health Dr. Babou. Bazier, Acting Head of the Department of non-Communicable Diseases saw the participation of Mr. Federico Martire, Project Director, and Ms. Dolores Mattossovich, BtG Country Coordinator for Burkina Faso who provided to the participants a view of the Project.

For three days the participants had the opportunity to expand their knowledge, share experiences and perceptions in relation to disability and inclusion, as well as to get acquainted with the principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), its implication for healthcare services, and to examine in detail article 25 and 26 (health and rehabilitation).

The participants had the chance to listen to the experiences of three representatives of national DPOs: Mr. Souleymane, a blind person, Mr. Palenfo – a person with reduced mobility – and Ms. Neda – an albino person. They shared the difficulties they face in their day-to-day and how they have built upon them to become spokespersons for inclusion so that no one is left behind.

Moreover, sessions have been held on inclusive planning, on the importance of dedicated resources and on the need of data, all key pillars for inclusive programming. Among the themes of interest, highlight was on the application of the local legislation and the operational decrees, the responsibilities of the Ministry of Health in making health structures accessible, and the existing challenges for persons to disability to acquire the Disability Card which provides specific social protection benefits for persons with disability depending on their socio- economic conditions.

The Participants actively engaged and at the end of the training a declaration of commitment to protect the rights enshrined in the CRDP and promote inclusion in their day-to-day work life was signed by the Ministry of Health Representative in name of all attendees.