Disability affects families in developing countries, and Namibia is no exception.
According to the world report on people living with disabilities, currently around 10 per cent of the total world’s population, or roughly 650 million people, live with one or other form of disability.
Hundreds of Namibians continue to work-both in the public and private sectors – on fulltime basis, proving wrong the perception that disabled persons are not fit for employment.
Namibia Statistics Agency this week released the 2011 report of people living with disabilities in Namibia.
According to the report the Omusati and Ohangwena regions had the highest number of people living with disabilities with 15 213 and 13 279 respectively. Omaheke and //Karas regions recorded the lowest group of people with disabilities of 2474 and 2649 individually.
Government has over the years formulated policies and legislation such as the Affirmative Action Act aimed at empowering people living with disabilities and ensuring their inclusion in the national developmental agenda. One of them being the disability grant.
In her speech at the launch, the Deputy Minister in the Presidency Alexia Manombe–Ncube said the number of people living with disabilities increased from 42 932 in 1991 to 85 567 in 2001 and 98 413 in 2011.
“The lack of detailed statistics by the government of Namibia has made it difficult to plan and implement programs aimed at improving the living conditions of people living with disabilities, she said.
This report is one the series of report produced by the Namibia Statistics agency after the Namibia 2011 population and housing census.
The report indicates that close to 70 percent of the rural population live with disabilities.
This is the first time the Namibia Statistics Agency released a report of this kind which can also be used by decision makers and for implementation purposes.
According to the agency, out of the 98,413 people with disabilities, females are mostly affected. Of the total number, 51 125 are females while their male counterparts came in at a lower figure of 48 288.