President Chakwera and other officials during inauguration ceremony of the MACOHA Flag Week

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera on Monday inaugurated the 2020 Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) Flag Week with a call to all stakeholders to support programmes aimed at promoting the welfare of people with disabilities.

Speaking in Mzuzu when he presided over the ceremony at Mzuzu State Lodge, the President said his Government was committed to implementing inclusive programmes to benefit all Malawians, including those with disabilities.

The Malawi leader said the Tonse Administration realizes the importance of implementing programmes that “progressively promote the rights of persons with disabilities.”

MACOHA’s board member Alex Machila said most of their 1.7 million members across the country face a number of challenges.

In her remarks, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, said apart from training sign language interpreters, her Ministry has lined up programmes that will enable persons with disabilities to meaningfully participate in national development.

Kaliati further called for much support from Malawians as the ministry is working round the clock in fighting for the rights and welfare of people with disabilities.

“This week we urge you all to help the ministry with wheelchairs and may we take care of our family and friends with disabilities. The government of Malawi Led by His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and the Tonse alliance is training sign language professionals and will continue to do so so that no one is left behin;  everyone should be able to access information including the Covid 19 information.

“During this week MACOHA is fundraising k10 000 000, to help put disabled children in school as well as be able to train young men and women some technical skills to help economically empower them. From state House I with MACOHA officials went through Mzuzu banks to sell flags as a way of fundraising for this much needed money. Thank you so much for all who have helped and planning to help,” said Kaliati in her facebook post after the ceremony.

This year’s MACOHA Flag Week is being observed under the theme: Inclusive Health Response to Combat COVID-19.

MACOHA is targeting to raise K10 million during this year’s Flag Week.

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